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The little tragedies
Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeevich, 1799-1837.
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Malenʹkie tragedii. English
Publication Information:
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2000]

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227 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
The little tragedies. The miserly knight ; Mozart and Salieri ; The stone guest ; A feast during the plague -- Critical essays. The seduction of power: The miserly knight ; Betrayal of a calling: Mozart and Salieri ; The weight of the past: The stone guest ; Survival and memory: A feast during the plague.
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In a major burst of creativity, Russian poet Alexander Pushkin during just three months in 1830 completed Eugene Onegin, composed more than thirty lyric poems, wrote several short stories and folk tales, and penned the four short dramas in verse that comprise the little tragedies. The little tragedies stand among the great masterpieces of Russian literature, yet they were last translated into English a quarter of a century ago and have in recent years been out of print entirely. In this outstanding new translation, Nancy K. Anderson preserves the cadence and intensity of Pushkin's work while aligning it with today's poetic practices and freer approach to metrics. In addition, she provides critical essays examining each play in depth, a discussion of her approach to translating the plays, and a consideration of the genre of these dramatic pieces and their performability. The four little tragedies - Mozart and Salieri, The Miserly Knight, The Stone Guest, and A Feast During the Plague - are extremely compressed dialogues, each dealing with a dominant protagonist whose central internal conflict determines both the plot and structure of the play. Pushkin focuses on human passions

Author Notes

Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin, one of Russian's greatest poets, was born in Moscow on June 6, 1799. He studied Latin and French literature at the Lyceum.

Pushkin was often in conflict with the government and was kept under surveillance for much of his later life. He was also exiled for a period of time.

His works include Eugene Onegin and Ruslan and Ludmila.

Pushkin died on February 10, 1837 in St. Petersburg of a wound received during a duel protecting the honor of his wife.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Pushkin's four dramatic scenes in verse, known as The Little Tragedies, are skillfully translated by Anderson, an independent scholar. Written in 1830, these pieces include "The Miserly Knight," "Mozart and Salieri," "The Stone Guest," and "A Feast During the Plague." The theme of inner conflict dominates them all. Compared with Vladimir Nabokov's 1944 translation of three of the tragedies, Anderson's are more fluid, with flexible meters that will please contemporary English readers. The use of short scenes makes these translations suitable for acting. The translated text consists of only 66 pages; in addition, Anderson provides a scholarly introduction, four critical essays on each of the tragedies with line-by-line interpretations, and brief commentaries and notes for each tragedy. The book provides refreshing reading and scholarly research in one. Recommended for all academic and large public libraries.DMing-ming Shen Kuo, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.