This novel in verse, said to be the parent of all Russian novels, is a tragic story of innocence, love and friendship. Eugene Onegin, an aristocrat, much like Pushkin and his peers in his attitude and habits, is bored. He visits the countryside where the young and passionate Tatyana falls in love with him. In a touching letter she confesses her love but is cruelly rejected. Years later, it is Onegin's turn to be rejected by Tatyana.
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Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin, the Russian poet and author was born in Moscow in 1799. He was exiled for his liberal views on serfdom and autocracy, but this exile allowed him the freedom and the time to write some of his greatest works. He died in 1837 when he was fatally wounded in a dual.Charles Johnston was a translator and poet. He died in 1986. Michael Basker teaches Russian at Bristol University. John Bayley has published many books including studies of Tolstoy and Pushkin.
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