Alexander Pushkin

Alexander Pushkin was a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.


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  1. 1. Eugene Onegin

    "Eugene Onegin" is a classic Russian novel in verse that tells the story of a sophisticated and cynical young man, Eugene Onegin, who moves from the city to the country following the death of his uncle. Throughout the novel, Onegin engages in a series of interactions with other characters, including Tatyana, a young country woman who falls in love with him. Despite her sincere love, Onegin rejects Tatyana, leading to a tragic duel with his friend Lensky. The novel is renowned for its exploration of Russian society, love, and the human experience.

    The 383rd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Poetry of Alexander Pushkin

    This book is a compilation of the works of a renowned Russian poet, showcasing his lyrical genius and profound understanding of human emotions. The collection includes a variety of his poems, from love sonnets to narrative pieces, reflecting the poet's versatility and depth. His mastery of language and ability to capture the complexities of life and love make this collection a timeless piece of literature.

    The 1282nd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Boris Godunov

    The narrative centers on the tumultuous political landscape of Russia following the death of Tsar Ivan the Terrible. It delves into the ascent of Boris Godunov to the Russian throne amidst power struggles, rumors, and the specter of a pretender claiming to be the rightful heir. The story explores themes of ambition, guilt, and the heavy burden of leadership as Boris grapples with his conscience and the consequences of his actions in a period marked by political intrigue, betrayal, and the quest for legitimacy in a nation on the brink of turmoil.

    The 2156th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Captain's Daughter

    The novel is a historical romance set against the backdrop of the Pugachev Rebellion during the reign of Catherine the Great. It follows the young nobleman Pyotr Grinyov as he is sent to a remote military outpost where he falls in love with Masha, the daughter of the fort's captain. Their idyllic life is shattered by the uprising of the Cossack leader Pugachev, who claims to be the true tsar. Amidst the chaos, Grinyov must navigate a path between his loyalty to the crown, his love for Masha, and the unpredictable mercy of the rebel leader, whose favor he inadvertently gains. The story blends adventure, love, and historical drama, exploring themes of honor, fate, and the complexities of human nature.

    The 3079th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. The Belkin Tales

    "The Belkin Tales" is a collection of five short stories framed as narratives gathered by the fictional editor Ivan Belkin. Each story delves into themes of love, fate, and the ironies of life, exploring the human condition through a variety of characters and situations. From the tragic love triangle in "The Shot" to the supernatural elements of "The Undertaker," the tales offer a glimpse into Russian society and the complexities of the human heart. Pushkin's masterful storytelling weaves together elements of realism and romanticism, creating a poignant and enduring work that reflects the author's keen observation and narrative skill.

    The 3110th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. The Bronze Horseman

    The narrative poem is a romantic tale set against the backdrop of the monumental flood of 1824 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It follows the young Evgenii, who falls passionately in love with Parasha, a beautiful girl he encounters in the city. However, their budding romance is tragically interrupted by the catastrophic flood, which wreaks havoc across the city. In the aftermath, Evgenii's mind becomes unhinged by the loss and devastation, leading him to fixate on the equestrian statue of Peter the Great, The Bronze Horseman, which he blames for his misfortune. The poem explores themes of man versus nature, fate, and the individual against the backdrop of historical progress.

    The 3146th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. The Little Tragedies

    "The Little Tragedies" is a collection of four dramatic poems that delve into themes of greed, envy, lust, and the destructive nature of human passions. Each poem presents a compact narrative focusing on a protagonist who succumbs to a fatal flaw, leading to their downfall. The characters, drawn from various historical and fictional sources, are placed in intense, morally complex situations that ultimately bring about tragedy through their own actions. The work is a profound exploration of the darker aspects of human nature and the consequences of unchecked desires, showcasing the author's skill in blending poetic language with dramatic intensity.

    The 3148th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. The Queen Of Spades

    The novella revolves around a young Russian officer named Hermann, who becomes obsessed with uncovering the secret to winning at cards after hearing a story about an elderly countess who possesses this knowledge. Driven by greed and the allure of easy wealth, Hermann schemes to learn the secret from the countess, leading to a series of events that intertwine fate, supernatural elements, and psychological intrigue. His relentless pursuit of the secret ultimately leads to a haunting and tragic conclusion, as the line between ambition and madness becomes dangerously blurred.

    The 3181st Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. The Gypsies

    "The Gypsies" is a narrative poem that explores themes of love, freedom, and societal norms through the tale of a young Russian aristocrat who, disillusioned with society, flees to live with a band of Romani people. Embracing their nomadic lifestyle, he falls in love with a Romani woman, but their relationship is fraught with complexity and ultimately tragedy. The poem delves into the contrasts between the constraints of civilization and the unfettered life of the gypsies, questioning the nature of happiness and the price of freedom.

    The 3221st Greatest Book of All Time
  10. 10. Complete Prose Tales

    The collection of prose tales by the renowned Russian author presents a rich tapestry of narrative artistry, blending the elegant with the satirical, and the romantic with the realistic. Within these pages, readers encounter a diverse array of characters and stories, from the adventures of a young officer in the Caucasus to the whimsical fates of nobility and the poignant struggles of the common folk. The author's masterful use of language and keen observation of human nature imbue each tale with a timeless quality, offering insights into the complexities of life and the human condition, all while showcasing the author's pivotal role in shaping the Russian literary tradition.

    The 6195th Greatest Book of All Time
  11. 11. Narrative Poems

    This collection brings together the lyrical works of two of Russia's most celebrated poets, offering a window into the rich tapestry of 19th-century Russian literature. The poems weave together stories of love, heroism, and the human condition, reflecting the tumultuous era in which they were written. With a blend of romanticism and realism, the verses explore themes of nature, passion, and the struggle against destiny, showcasing the poets' profound understanding of emotion and their masterful use of language to evoke vivid imagery and deep feeling. These narrative poems have left a lasting impact on Russian culture and continue to resonate with readers around the world.

    The 6195th Greatest Book of All Time