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Eugene Onegin

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Eugene Onegin is the master work of the poet whom Russians regard as the fountainhead of their literature. Set in imperial Russia during the 1820s, Pushkin's novel in verse follows the emotions and destiny of three men - Onegin the bored fop, Lensky the minor elegiast, and a stylized Pushkin himself - and the fates and affections of three women - Tatyana the provincial bea ...more
Paperback, Oxford World's Classics, 240 pages
Published October 22nd 1998 by Oxford University Press (first published 1837)
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Pasha Uhin James E. Falen's version is the best in my opinion (I'm Russian), it keeps the flow and rhythm of the original which reads very quickly and easily.
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Nataliya

I dare you, double-triple-dog dare you, to find a Russian person who has never heard of Evgeniy Onegin.
If you do somehow manage to find this living-under-the-rock person, I unfortunately cannot provide you with a monetary reward since I have no money to speak of. Instead, I will treat you to the my horrified expression akin to Edvard Munch's 'The Scream'. Sorry.
This novel in verse permeates all aspects of Russian culture, lauded both in the tsarist Russia and the USSR. Children read it in lit
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Luís C.
What can I say about this Eugene Onegin? A work that is so sublime, bearing the name of a character, oh so much apart... I would like to thank the magnificence of this song with my simple words, and I feel immediately this will be a daunting task... But I start anyway!

Let's talk first about intrigue. Eugene Oneguin is a love story between Onegin and Tatiana, a love story obviously impossible - even though here it is rather rendered impossible and lost forever because of the blindness and contemp
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Alex
This foundation stone of Russian literature is a smashing, lilting read - and it's only 200 pages to boot, so it's less of a commitment than all those later Russians who thought editing was for assholes.

It's a "novel in verse," which means epic poem, wtf, in iambic tetrameter. It's organized in stanzas that are almost sonnets, but far enough off to kindof fuck with your head, or mine anyway. The scheme is abab, ccdd, effe, gg, so he's switching it up in each quatrain, which leaves me constantly
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Florencia
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Poetry lovers, wit lovers, Russophiles
And then, from all a heart finds tender
I tore my own; an alien soul,
Without allegiances, I vanished,
Thinking that liberty and peace
Could take the place of happiness.
My God, how wrong, how I’ve been punished!

- Alexander Pushkin, Chapter VIII

Contradictions. We are made of dreams and contradictions. We want something and after getting it, we don't want it anymore. But there's even a more bitter reality: we often want what we can't have. We compare our lives with the lives of the characters we love
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Fernando
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Pushkin es un fenómeno extraordinario, tal vez un fenómeno único del alma rusa, tal como lo expresó Gógol... Pushkin aparece precisamente en el despertar de nuestra autoconciencia...y, en este sentido es un guía y un profeta." Fiódor Dostoievski

Me encanta este libro. Alexandr Pushkin, como dice el genial escritor ruso supo entender como nadie la idiosincrasia del pueblo ruso y recomiendo fuertemente leer el “Discurso sobre Pushkin”, que Dostoievski pronunciara el 8 de junio de 1880 ante la "Soci
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Евгений Онегин = Yevgeniy Onegin = Eugene Onegin, Alexander Pushkin
Eugene Onegin is a novel in verse written by Alexander Pushkin. Onegin is considered a classic of Russian literature, and its eponymous protagonist has served as the model for a number of Russian literary heroes (so-called superfluous men). It was published in serial form between 1825 and 1832. The first complete edition was published in 1833, and the currently accepted version is based on the 1837 publication.
In the 1820s, Euge
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Jan-Maat
Umbert Eco once wrote that "Translation is the art of failure" and your opinion of this work is likely to be decided by the translation that you read.

Pushkin wrote Onegin in Alexandrines which have twelve syllable lines with an end rhyme. This works well in Russian, it feels fairly easy even natural achieving a light and classical tone. The Johnson translation that works so hard to achieve this in English has for me a trite and bouncy tone that detracts from the work rather than supporting it. B
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Teresa
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-russia, g-poesia, 5e
"(...) aceita, indulgente, estes
capítulos assim variegados,
ou meio jocosos ou meio tristes,
em fala vulgar ou em tom elevado,
fruto leviano do passatempo,
da insónia, da leve inspiração,
do imaturo, e do murcho, tempo,
de um frio exame da razão,
das marcas dolentes no coração."


Li Eugénio Onéguin, há dois anos, numa tradução para castelhano; reli-o, agora, na versão para português de Nina e Filipe Guerra. A qualidade das traduções não posso avaliar, que não percebo russo, mas comparei algumas estrofes
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Nelson Zagalo
Existe algo de brilhante neste texto a que não consigo aceder na plenitude. Tendo gostado bastante de ler e sentido por vezes que atingia um certo zénite, não consegui permanecer por lá todo o livro, apesar de o ter procurado já que o desejo por realizar esta leitura era bastante elevado. Pushkin é uma referência da história internacional da literatura, é o Camões, ou talvez melhor, o Dante do russo. Estranhamente no início do século XIX a elite russa usava mais o francês do que o russo, um pouc ...more
Emma
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My honest reaction to this poem is a sense of awe at the art and the translation, rather than the story itself. Since I, regrettably, don't know nearly enough Russian to read the original, I can't speak to the accuracy of Anthony Briggs' efforts, but each stanza reads with an incredible, hypnotising rhythm and verve. It was fascinating to read the introductory notes about the multitude of issues the come with translating this work and I can well believe how many hours it must have taken to compl ...more
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، میتوان گفت که این کتاب ارزشمندترین اثرِ زنده یاد «پوشکین» میباشد که حتی برخی از اصطلاحات و ابیاتِ آن به صورت ضرب المثل نیز درآمده است و «پوشکین» چیزی حدودِ هفت سال، تنها چکنویس هایِ این منظومه را خوانده و رویِ آن کار کرده است، که در نهایت کتاب از 434 صفحه و 8 فصل تشکیل شده است
این منظومه، اثری کاملاً متغیر است که از اندوه به سویِ خوشحالی و از بدبینی به سمتِ هیجان و احساسات میرود
من یکی از علاقمندان به سبکِ نوشتار و بیانِ داستان و رمان به صورتِ شعرگونه از «پوشکین» میباشم
شخصیتِ اصلی
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Yani
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poesía, favorites
Relectura marzo 2016 (*)

En los pedestales literarios siempre hay algún libro que hace todo lo posible para que la gente dude del motivo de su permanencia en ese lugar. Según mi parecer, este no es uno de ellos. Mientras se lee se percibe su vigencia, se respira la atmósfera de los personajes, se viven sus tensiones. Y sí, también sus desfallecimientos. Esta historia abarca todo en pocas páginas: el hastío, el amor, el rechazo, las convenciones sociales, las apariencias y las verdaderas esencia
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Jasmine
"Blest who betimes has left life's revel,
Whose wine-filled glass he has not drained,
Who does not read right to the end
Life's still, as yet, unfinished novel,
But lets it go, as I do my
Onegin, and bid him goodbye."
(p.197)
Bram
Jun 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, the-russians, poems
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THE KING OF RUSSIAN LITERATURE vs. THE KING OF POP: winner to be crowned this week’s KING OF POP LITERATURE

But first: Warm-up semifinal showdown between Aleksandr Pushkin and Vladimir Nabokov:

Round 1:
One man wrote a timeless human drama jam-packed with humor, action, love, cruelty, honor, pride and every other conceivably interesting human emotion—and all in just over 100 pages. The other translated said human drama with many incomprehensively bizarre and anti
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Perry
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stela-eða-láni
I Will Survive [condensed 6/27/16]
Maybe the first notable Western novel hitting a favored theme in the arts: the ugly duckling's transformation into a swan and turning the table back against her rejector with a big ...


This brings to mind a song like I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor):
weren't you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye?
Did you think I'd crumble
Did you think I'd lay down and die
Oh no, not I
I will survive...
Pushkin's one-of-a-kind novel-in-verse set in Russia in the early 1800s
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Manny
What could I possibly say that would be more interesting or beautiful than Nabokov's own comments? In case you haven't seen them:

On Translating Eugene Onegin

1

What is translation? On a platter
A poet's pale and glaring head,
A parrot's screech, a monkey's chatter,
And profanation of the dead.
The parasites you were so hard on
Are pardoned if I have your pardon,
O, Pushkin, for my stratagem:
I traveled down your secret stem,
And reached the root, and fed upon it;
Then, in a language newly learned,
I grew an
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Teresa
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alexander S. Pushkin nasceu em Moscovo, em 1799 e foi o primeiro escritor russo a alcançar fama mundial. A sua obra abriu caminho a outros autores como Gógol, Tolstói, Dostoiévski, Tchékhov. Esteve envolvido em lutas políticas, tornando-se um símbolo para a juventude da sua época. Com as suas ideias progressistas, criou grandes inimigos e devido a intrigas, respeitantes à sua mulher, acaba tendo o mesmo destino de uma das personagens de Eugenio Oneguin: é morto em duelo aos 37 anos.

Eugenio Onegu
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Joseph
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, russian
Yevgeny Onegin by Alexander Pushkin is a Russian masterpiece of literature. Pushkin was a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin was born into Russian nobility in Moscow.

I picked up this book because it was listed as poetry. I later asked a Russian friend about the book and she said it was magnificent, but never read it in English. It dawned on me that this is much
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Edward
Acknowledgements
Chronology
Introduction & Notes
Further Reading
A Note on the Translation & Notes
A Note on the Map
Map


--Eugene Onegin

Notes
Antonomasia
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Antonomasia by: Nick Lezard in the Guardian; Briggs' W&P
ARC review: 2016 Pushkin Press edition, translated by Anthony Briggs

[3.75?] I've yet to be convinced that it's possible to translate Russian poetry into consistently excellent English verse. Translator Anthony Briggs' introduction suggests that it is easier to make Russian poems sound good in English than it is French ones - which contradicts my experience as a reader. (I loved Kinnell's Villon, Millay's Baudelaire, among others, and was disappointed by two different versions of Tsvetava.)

It ha
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Anastassiya
Apr 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: to those who want to read something sophisticated for a change
Recommended to Anastassiya by: School, they made me learn about 20 lines of it when i was 7
Shelves: classics, russian
But like so many people said it before me and too many say it after me..this book is the Masterpiece!

It is so diverse and sophisticated, combines melancholy and brutal realism,a truly timeless work that describes so many sides and motives of human soul. Many characters that you instantly recognise...as if they have been reincarnated into people you know. The divine words strung together to create a perfection! Verse after verse you read and everytime one exclaims:"How true!!!" And not a word tha
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Aubrey
I'll always have a soft spot for the writers who welcome their readers in both work and play. While Pushkin is a very different sort from de Assis, author of personal favorite The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas, the two of them converse, pique, mock, desist, recollect, wander, and believe, like siblings who remain friends despite the best efforts of society, or artists who accept audiences despite the most strident disapproval of academia. While EO did not prove a favorite, the author's contex ...more
Zuberino


কয়েকদিন আগে গারসিয়া মারকেসের একটি বহু পুরনো পরবনধে রবীনদরনাথ সমপরকে সিরিয়াসলি আপততিকর একটি মনতবয পেলাম। তার নিজের নোবেল বিজয়ের ঠিক ১২ মাস আগে লেখা এই দীরঘ পরবনধে তিনি পুরসকারের হিট-এনড-মিস ইতিহাস নিয়ে লিখেছিলেন। সেই পরসঙগেই রবীনদরনাথের অবতারনা। "El indio Rabindranat Tagore, a quien debemos tantas lágrimas de caramelo, fue arrastrado por los vientos de la justicia del carajo." মোটামুটি চলনসই ইংরেজি অনুবাদ করলে এর অরথ দাঁড়ায় "The Indian Rabindranath Tagore, to whom we owe so many saccharine tears,
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Laurel Hicks
Wonderful! Just wonderful! If you haven't gotten around to reading Eugene Onegin yet, get the Naxos audio version. (It's available through either Naxos or Audible.) The translation by Mary Hobson is very pleasing, and Neville Jacobson's narration is superb. I have read Pushkin's novel in verse in several very good translations, and none is better than this. To finally be able to hear the lines is amazingly satisfying. What's it about, you ask? Oh, Russia, family, society, unrequited love, that s ...more
Caroline
Chapter 1: stanza LVI (Nabokov)

Flowers, love, the country, idleness,
ye fields! my soul is vowed to you.
I’m always glad to mark the difference
between Onegin and myself,
lest an ironic reader
or else some publisher
of complicated calumny,
collating here my traits,
repeat hereafter shamelessly
that i have scrawled my portrait
like Byron, the poet of pride
--as if for us it were no longer possible
to write long poems about anything
than just about ourselves!


This is a double review of Eugene Onegin as translat
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Sincerae
This is my first Alexander Pushkin. Eugene Onegin is a novel written in verse, rather in the same realm as Lord Byron's Don Juan. I read a biography of his life a long time ago, and after then I tried to read some of his poetry and couldn't get my mind to digest them. Finally after all these years I have. I like what I've read.

Alexander Pushkin is the father of modern Russian poetry and literature. I will be reading more of his work both poetry and prose. Pushkin had a fascinating heritage. He
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Wayne
Nov 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Russophiles,wits,poets,tragic lovers who need to see the funny side
Recommended to Wayne by: Tchaikovsky with his opera
I couldn't decide which translation to buy - the Penguin or the Oxford. So I bought both and read them simultaneously!!!
What an idiot!!
What an effort!!!
What a delight !!
What an education in the art of translation!!!
No one told me this tragedy was going to be...funny!!Amusing!!Witty!!
I still don't get it but boy! did I enjoy it.
Novels in verse I have NEVER gone near.
But I am MAD about Tchaikovsky's opera of this verse-novel. Now THAT is TRAGEDY!!
I think poor old Tchai was a disaster waiting to ha
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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
This was one of the most original books I have ever read. How Pushkin was able to accomplish this poem/novel is beyond me. The theme of rejecting love and then being rejected by that same love latter in life is masterful. Alexander Pushkin! - you are on my 'reading radar' and I will look for more of your works!
Ian D
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian-lit
Έργο σταθμός όχι μόνο για τη ρώσικη αλλά και για την παγκόσμια λογοτεχνία, ένα αριστούργημα που δε χρειάζεται συστάσεις, σε τέτοιο βαθμό που θεωρώ οποιαδήποτε κριτική τόσο βλάσφημη όσο και για την Αντιγόνη, τη Θεία Κωμωδία ή το Φάουστ.

Διαβάστε το στα ελληνικά, στα αγγλικά (ελπίζοντας πως η μετάφραση θα σταθεί στο ύψος της αξίας του), κι αν έχετε την ευλογία να μιλάτε ρώσικα, απ' το πρωτότυπο.
Ray
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the finest books I've ever read! I have jokingly said, "I recommend this book to anyone who likes anything." While that's a bit of an exaggeration, this book really has it all:
The story manages to be both compelling and a parody at the same time. The main characters-Onegin, Lensky, Tatiana and Olga- are all believable and likeable, but that doesn't stop the narrator from poking fun at them occasionally. But Pushkin's parody is sympathetic; You laugh at the characters the way you l
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