Boris Godunov and Other Dramatic Works

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Oxford University Press, Apr 2, 2007 - Drama - 208 pages
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Alexander Pushkin's dramatic work displays a scintillating variety of forms, from the historical to the metaphysical and folkloric. AfterBoris Godunov, they evolved into Pushkin's own unique, condensed transformations of Western European themes and traditions. The fearful amorality ofA Scenefrom Faustis followed by the fourLittle Tragedies, which confront greed, envy, lust, and blasphemy, whileRusalkais a tragedy of a different kind--a lyric fairytale of despair and transformation. Here, James E. Falen's verse translations are accompanied by a first-rate introduction from Caryl Emerson, an equally distinguished Russianist, which emphasizes the cosmopolitan nature of Pushkin's drama, the position of Russian culture on the European stage, together with excellent analyses of the individual works in the volume. Falen's translations of Pushkin are widely admired and his OWC translation of Eugene Onegin is considered the best available. This collection is sure to interest both casual readers and students of Russian literature.

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Emerson's introduction was brilliant and gave me a good idea of what to expect in this collection. Falen's translation is very readable. My reactions to each play varied greatly. Boris Godunov ... Read full review



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James E. Falen is Emeritus Professor of Russian at the University of Tennessee.
Caryl Emerson is the A. Watson Armour III Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. She is the author of The Uncensored Boris Godunov.

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