The Queen Of Spades, Pushkin


Russians hold Pushkin in such high esteem that his place in Russian literature can reasonably be compared to that of Shakespeare in the literatures of the English language. Pushkin's literary genius seems to have been almost limitless: in addition to the long narrative and short lyric poems for which he is most famous, he also wrote short stories, stage plays and literary criticism. His letters are among the best in European literature. Many literary historians believe that the legend which suggests the composer Salieri may have murdered Mozart can be traced back to Pushkin's play MOZART AND SALIERI. (It is worth noting here that the great nineteenth-century Russian composer, ...

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by the same name, as well as several ballets. Sections of this epic Romantic poem in novel form are still memorized by Russian and other Eastern European school children as reverently as if they were verses from the Bible.
Pushkin was the first giant to achieve a truly international status while working in the Russian language, although, ironically, his great fame beyond the borders of Russia came later than that of others who would follow him: Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Turgenev, all of whom owed a great deal to Pushkin as their literary progenitor, were known throughout Europe and America before Pushkin's works were widely read outside the Russian homeland. He is at once the most cosmopolitan and the most Russian of Russian authors. He was intensely aware of western literature, music, architecture and painting, and believed that everything Russian--including literature--should be measured by European standards. As if he had been dreamed up by Peter the Great, the ...

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however, his poems began to express liberal views that finally brought about an interrogation by the Petersburg governor-general. Pushkin was sent into a kind of dignified exile: he was forced to take a position in the foreign affairs service in southern Russia. Through the aid of influential friends, Pushkin was transferred in July 1823 to a post in Odessa, where his literary creativity continued to flourish. After quarreling with his superior, Count Vorontsov, who was demanding that Pushkin actually perform the duties of his office--hitherto they had only been nominal--Pushkin angrily attempted to resign from the civil service. At more or less the same time, postal inspectors ...

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