Eugene Onegin

22 Jun, 2017 890 Other literatures

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Alexander Pushkin’s verse novel, the story of Eugene Onegin, widely regarded as his masterpiece. Pushkin (pictured above) began this in 1823 and worked on it over the next ten years, while moving around Russia, developing the central character of a figure all too typical of his age, the so-called superfluous man. Onegin is cynical, disillusioned and detached, his best friend Lensky is a romantic poet and Tatyana, whose love for Onegin is not returned until too late, is described as a poetic ideal of a Russian woman, and they are shown in the context of the Russian landscape and society that has shaped them. Onegin draws all three into tragic situations which, if he had been willing and able to act, he could have prevented, and so becomes the one responsible for the misery of himself and others as well as the death of his friend.

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  • Andrew Kahn No other episodes
    Professor of Russian Literature at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Edmund Hall
  • Emily Finer No other episodes
    Lecturer in Russian and Comparative Literature at the University of St Andrews
  • Simon Dixon 6 episodes
    The Sir Bernard Pares Professor of Russian History at University College London

Reading list

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    John Bayley (Cambridge University Press, 1971) Google Books →
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    David Bethea (ed.) (University of Wisconsin Press, 2005) Google Books →
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    T. J. Binyon (HarperCollins, 2002)
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    Paul Debreczeny (Stanford University Press, 1983) Google Books →
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    Alyssa Dinega Gillespie (ed.) (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012) Google Books →
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    Caryl Emerson, C. (Indiana University Press, 1986) Google Books →
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    Monika Greenleaf (Stanford University Press, 1994) Google Books →
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    Paul Hamilton (ed.) (Oxford University Press, 2016) Google Books →
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    Andrew Kahn (ed.) (Cambridge University Press, 2006) Google Books →
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    Andrew Kahn (Duckworth, 1998)
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    Andrew Kahn (Oxford University Press, 2012) Google Books →
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    Catriona Kelly (Oxford University Press, 2001) Google Books →
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    Olga Peters Hasty (University of Wisconsin Press, 1999) Google Books →
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    Alice Randall (Houghton Mifflin, 2004) Google Books →
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    Stephanie, Sandler (Stanford University Press, 1989)
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    Stephanie Sandler (Stanford University Press, 2004) Google Books →
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    William Mills Todd III (Harvard University Press, 1986)

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Hello (First sentence from this episode) Hello, Alexander Pushkin, born in 1799, is seen as the Shakespeare of Russian literature and his novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, as his masterpiece.