The Gypsies: Five Verse Narratives

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"Pushkin's reputation as Russia's greatest poet tests on more than Eugene Onegin. This selection of five of his finest narrative poems displays his essential qualities - his stylistic fluency, his ironic poise, his endless ability to surprise, his creation of poetry out of everyday language." The Gypsies, the anti-Romantic tale of a city-dweller whose search for "unspoiled" values among gypsies ends in tragedy, is modern Russian literature's first masterpiece. The Bridegroom turns the Romantic ballad into a whodunit filled with sexual dread and
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Overview

"Pushkin's reputation as Russia's greatest poet tests on more than Eugene Onegin. This selection of five of his finest narrative poems displays his essential qualities - his stylistic fluency, his ironic poise, his endless ability to surprise, his creation of poetry out of everyday language." The Gypsies, the anti-Romantic tale of a city-dweller whose search for "unspoiled" values among gypsies ends in tragedy, is modern Russian literature's first masterpiece. The Bridegroom turns the Romantic ballad into a whodunit filled with sexual dread and subconscious terror. Count Nulin, a deliciously comic tale of country life, stands Shakespeare's Rape of Lucrece on its head - what would have happened if Lucrece had slapped Tarquin's face? The Tale of the Dead Princess is Pushkin's version of the Snow White story, and the eerie Tale of the Golden Cockerel savagely politicizes the folk-tale form.
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Along with the title piece, this beautifully illustrated edition includes The Bridegroom, Count Nulin, The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Champions, and The Tale of the Golden Cockerel, plus scholarly extras. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567922721
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/6/2006
  • Pages: 116
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

The gypsies 1
The bridegroom 33
Count Nulin 45
The tale of the dead princess and the seven champions 63
The tale of the golden cockerel 87
Afterword : Pushkin's voice in English
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