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Aleksandr Griboedov's Woe from Wit: A Commentary and Translation

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Griboedov's comic drama existed only in manuscript in his lifetime, and was not published in a complete form until a decade after his death. Woe from Wit was hailed as a masterpiece by no less than Pushkin, who predicted that half its lines would end up as proverbs. Here Hobson offers each of those elegant and surprisingly realistic lines in English, and includes a compreh ...more
Hardcover, 612 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Edwin Mellen Press
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Claire
Dec 31, 2015 Claire rated it it was amazing
Griboedov has kept me laughing whenever I thought of what I had pending to read! Besides, the play does have that sense of humour which has kept me studying Russian for as long as I have.
I don't know how to explain it exactly, or perhaps at the moment I don't have enough wits about me to write out exactly what was so amusing!

You see, I had wrought far too much sadness from the glee this text inspired to desire to exacerbate the matters.

I read a Russian [English] translation (Vagapov's), rathe
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It can't be easy to marry a play with poetry, all in a foreign language, but you can see why Pushkin said that half these lines would become epigrams.
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Griboedov's only play, which reads so current no matter of which point in your life you re-read it.
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Elegant humour,tons of phrases to quote,and ideas to agree with
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