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Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
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Sep 13, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: poetry, russian-literature
Recommended for: lovers of poetry and Russian lit
Read from September 13 to 18, 2010

Pushkin's masterpiece is a fountain of eloquent language, flowery images, fiery passion and hypnotic poetry. Of course, to not read this in Russian one loses the vital essence of Pushkin's profuse talent, just like reading Dante, Shakespeare or Cervantes in anything other than the original tongue in which they manipulated so masterfully their linguistic ingenuity. Nevertheless I am still able to appreciate the vision of Eugene Onegin in its sweeping palette of romantic colors and tragic undercurrent. The story is classically conceived and unforgettable, of the doomed love between Onegin and Tatiana that ends with the inevitable sadness of their passions unrealized and ultimately unexplored. Pushkin infuses his work with such a kinetic flood of emotion one can't help but feel its intoxicating power while absorbing the brilliant flow of passages. It is verily alive with passion on a scale unparelleled by other national masterpieces. I think it is the underpinning passion that swells beneath the poetry that makes Eugene Onegin so especially compelling. Few other poetic visionaries could conceive of much less weave their tempestuous currents of feeling through the work with such acuity and penetration like Russia's beloved Pushkin did. With Eugene Onegin, Pushkin has verily carved out his own niche in the pantheon of immortal literary greats.
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