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A short yet fascinating account of Russia's most celebrated writer.
In Robert Chandler's exquisite biography, literary giant Alexander Pushkin, lauded as the Russian Shakespeare, is examined as writer, lover and public figure. Chandler explores his relationship to politics and provides a fascinating glimpse of the turbulent history Pushkin lived through. The book acts as a
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Paperback, 152 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Pushkin Press
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Joseph Spuckler
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, russian
A Short Life of Pushkin by Robert Chandler is a short biography of Pushkin. Chandler is a British poet and translator. He is the editor of Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida and the author of Alexander Pushkin.

Pushkin is perhaps Russia's greatest writer. In his short life, he managed to leave a mark on all areas Rissian literature producing poetry, plays, novels, and short stories. Pushkin was a rebel with ties to the Decemberists, yet no matter how much trouble he caused he always
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Jason Furman
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic biography that tells the tragically short life of Pushkin in short chapters that go chronologically from birth to death with an epilogue about the evolving interpretation of Pushkin over time. The chapters cover both the life and the works, explaining the composition of each of his major works and many of his minor ones along with some interpretative commentary and contextualization.

What makes this biography by Robert Chandler (a translator and also editor of the great collection
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Kirsty
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
This looked like it would be incredibly good, but I must say that I didn't get on at all well with Chandler's very matter-of-fact prose style. Elements of Pushkin's life felt disjointed and were largely glossed over. The Kindle version which I got from Netgalley also had a lot of problems with the text, so no dates appeared. Very frustrating, particularly after I had such high hopes.
SL
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin (1799-1837) has long been considered to be the founder of Russian literature and one of Russia’s greatest writers. In A Short Life of Pushkin, Pushkin’s life and works are explored within the historical and political context of early nineteenth-century Russia. It begins with a brief introduction of Pushkin’s ancestors before examining Pushkin’s life as a writer, lover and public figure. Pushkin’s life itself was certainly a
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Melisende
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, russia, reviewed
"A short yet fascinating account of Russia's most celebrated writer. " And that's it in a nut-shell.

I was initially drawn to this work as I have been reading many "Pushkin Press" titles and was intrigued - was this publishing company named after or in honour of the man, Pushkin? And if so, why was he so deserving of such an honour?

Apart from being one of Russia's great historians and poets who left a lasting literary legacy, his own story was larger than life.

A man whose family was from the old
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Margaret Sankey
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chandler, an accomplished translator of Russian literature, gives us a life of Pushkin with insights from the language--Czar Nicholas I's "now he's mine!" remark comes off far more familial and kind in the mother tongue than in English. Although "short," this offers extensive context to Pushkin's major works, his relationship with the Decemberists, his patrons and lovers, his descent from Peter the Great's African aide, time in exile in Odessa and the family estates in the north and of course, ...more
MOL
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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It did not take long for me to get through this short review of Pushkin's life. Nevertheless, I cherish those seven late evenings or so spent reading about great poet's life and thinking about poetry, Russian literature and Russian art in general. I believe that the book did a splendid job in achieving what it has set to do. By succintly describing main event's of Puskin's short life, the book manages to show glimpses of a person behind great works of his as well as allows to put into ...more
Michael
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
"Precision and brevity are the most important qualities of prose. Prose demands thoughts and more thoughts - without thoughts, dazzling expressions serve no purpose."
Alexander Pushkin, 1822

Even Pushkin of whom it is said to be Russia's foremost poet, he also took on prose. A collection of his prose runs over 500 pages.

This is appropriately reissued under this title by The Pushkin Press. It was originally part of The Brief Lives series, which was edited, as I recall, by James Atlas. I had read
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Victor Tatarskii
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
A good short biography of Pushkin, with unfortunate mistakes.

Robert Chandler's "Short Life of Pushkin" is a quite good biography of the poet. Although short, it covers all major points of poets life - poetry, money problems, gambling, love life, politics etc. It would be excellent, short of several obvious mistakes, which author surely made unintentionally, but which are nevertheless quite irritating. There are mistakes in some dates, in family relations of Russian emperors etc (Nicholas I is of
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Theediscerning
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I could not have wished for more detail about Pushkin than we have here. Having crossed paths with the author and poet in Odessa and other places, I may only have a minor interest, but all the same - I'd ignore any more clunky book in favour of this 'short life' any day. The length and erudition are ideal.
Wilde Sky
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A short biography of a Russian poet.

The major elements of the man's life were recounted, but the writing style was dry and disjointed in places.

Reading time around two hours.
Mandy
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exactly what it says it is – a short life of Pushkin. Concise, eminently readable and an excellent introduction to Russia’s favourite poet.
Camille
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, russian
Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Very interesting, concise and easy to read. I enjoyed the quotes from Pushkin's work too.
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Robert Chandler (b. 1953) is a British poet and translator. He is the editor of Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida (Penguin) and the author of Alexander Pushkin (Hesperus).

His translations include numerous works by Andrei Platonov, Vasily Grossman's Life and Fate, and Pushkin's The Captain's Daughter. Chandler's co-translation of Platonov's Soul was chosen in 2004 as “best translation of
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