Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin

By Alexander Pushkin; Roger Clarke (Translator)

Oneworld Classics, Paperback, 9781847491602, 413pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2011

Addressing fundamental themes such as the conflicts between art, reality, and social convention, "Eugene Onegin" was the founding text of modern Russian literatureWhen the Romantic and world-weary dandy Eugene Onegin moves from St. Petersburg to take up residence in the country estate he has inherited, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with his mild-mannered neighbor, the poet Vladimir Lensky. Coldly rejecting the amorous advances of Tatyana and cynically courting her sister OlgaLensky's fianceeOnegin finds himself dragged into a tragedy of his own doing. Marking a clean break from the high-flown classical style of its predecessors, this ground breakingnovelintroduced the quintessentially Russian hero and heroinethat would remain the archetypes for subsequent novelists throughout the nineteenth century.

About the Author
Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founding farther of modern Russian literature. Pushkin published his first poem at the age of fifteen, and was widely recognized by the literary establishment by the time of his graduation from the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum. While under the strict surveillance of the Tsar's political police and unable to publish, Pushkin wrote his most famous play, the drama Boris Godunov. His novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, was serialized between 1825 and 1832. Notoriously sensitive about his honour, Pushkin fought as many as twenty-nine duels, and was fatally wounded in such an encounter with Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d'Anthes. Pushkin had accused D'Anthes, a French officer serving with the Chevalier Guard Regiment of attempting to seduce the poet's wife, Natalya Pushkina.

Roger Clarke's normal professional activities are as a scriptwriter, and A Girl Called 51, his successful debut erotic novel, has already been very well received.