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Alexander Pushkin's dramatic work displays a scintillating variety of forms, from the historical to the metaphysical and folkloric. After Boris Godunov, they evolved into Pushkin's own unique, condensed transformations of Western European themes and traditions. The fearful amorality of A Scene from Faust is followed by the four Little Tragedies, which confront greed, envy, ...more
Paperback, Oxford World’s Classics, 208 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press (first published 1831)
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That one of the most famous lines in this play is the stage direction The People are silent with which the play closes, is enough indication of the complexities raised by this work. For how do you stage an ending silence? May be that is why the play called for an opera, for silences are as important and measured as the notes in a musical score. For even if several of Pushkin’s other plays and works became operas, may be this is the one that requires an operatic dimension to blossom into full flo
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A Chronology of Alexander Pushkin

Historical Introduction
--Boris Godunov

--A Scene from Faust

The Little Tragedies
--I. The Miserly Knight
--II. Mozart and Salieri
--III. The Stone Guest
--IV. A Feast in Time of Plague

--Rusalka (The Water-Nymph)

Explanatory Notes
El ‘Eugene Onegin’ de Alexander Pushkin es probablemente mi libro favorito. Lo leí hace bastantes años. Desde entonces lo he vuelto a releer en un par de ocasiones. Pero no ha sido hasta este año que me he animado a leer algo más de Pushkin. Primero fueron unos pocos cuentos, que me gustaron pero no me entusiasmaron, y ahora me he atrevido con el teatro, que me ha gustado más que los cuentos pero aún queda muy lejos del ‘Eugene Onegin’.

Del teatro de Pushkin lo mejor es el ‘Boris Godunov’, que pr
Hansen Wendlandt
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Early Pushkin is not quite the archetype that Russian literature idolizes. Boris Godunov, his first substantial and serious work, is based on an amazing historical record. His narrative version was enjoyable, but could have sped along just fine without the slightly-too-careful dialogue and clever phrases like “Herod-tsar”. Being poetry, however, one does appreciate lines such as “He looks serenely at both right and wrong/Sees good and evil with indifferent eyes/Expressing neither pity nor his wr ...more
Jan 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Emerson's introduction was brilliant and gave me a good idea of what to expect in this collection. Falen's translation is very readable. My reactions to each play varied greatly.

Boris Godunov - historically interesting but emotionally flat

A scene from Faust - So jaded it made me feel like Pollyanna in comparison, so short that feeling was more invigorating than overwhelming. I've put off reading Faust for a long time, but may actually attempt it now.

The miserly knight - Grossly antisemitic. Even
Stevo Ilišković
Za mladih dana tako žudimo
utehu slatku svojoj ljubavi,
al' onog časa kad utolimo
ljubavnu žudnju, mi se hladimo!

Ah, jasno mi je: ništa ne može
u zemnom jadu da nas umiri,
baš ništa... savest samo spokojna.
Jedino ona pobednica je
nad zlobom i nad mračnom klevetom...
Ah, teško onom, teško bedniku,
kom dušu peče savest nečista!


S husarom uz čašu punča
Sjedio sam mrk i ljut,
Pa sam nijemo s mračnom dušom
Gledao na dalek put.

'Reci, zašto na put gledaš?'
Zapita me junak taj.
'Još njim nisi prijatelje
Pratio u
Marsha Boyd
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pushkin can do no wrong. This is an excellent historical play based during the Time of Troubles in Russia after the death of Ivan the Terrible and his heirs. He really takes his place beside Shakespeare as he documents the taking of power by Boris through the murder of Ivan's son, Dmitry. Boris capitalizes on the public's gullibility and yearning for a strong ruler. They know Boris during his years as "regent" for Ivan's other son, Fyodor. But this is a Shakespearean tragedy so Boris does not en ...more
Oct 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Read all of the "dramatic works" (everything but Boris Godunov itself). Caryl Emerson's introduction did much to help me appreciate these stories, thanks to the fact that Pushkin's life is well recorded, unlike that of other geniuses like Shakespeare's.
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Scene from Faust, Four Little Tragedies 4/5
Rusalka 4/15
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Russian: Александр Сергеевич Пушкин
French: Alexandre Pouchkine
Norwegian: Aleksander Pusjkin

Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin was a Russian author who is considered to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin pioneered the use of vernacular speech in his poems and plays, creating a style of storytelling—mixing drama, romance, and satire—associated with

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