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by Alexander Pushkin
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Alexander Pushkin's masterful tragedy, intrinsic to Russian culture and major inspiration for theater, art, and opera. Nicholas Rzhevsky, the editor and translator, provides a vibrant new translation, faithful to the original, yet suitable for modern readers and contemporary performance on the stage. Pushkin's themes of moral compromise and political expediency reach out to the new millennium with the force of Shakespeare's great texts.
Text: English, Russian
TSAR. Is it possible? An unfrocked monk against us Leads rascal troops, a truant friar dares write Threats to us! Then 'tis time to tame the madman! Trubetskoy, set thou forth, and thou Basmanov; My zealous governors need help. Chernigov Already by the rebel is besieged; Rescue the city and citizens.
About the Author
Alexander Pushkin is the acknowledged master of Russian literature, and father of many of its modern genres. Nicholas Rzhevsky, editor and translator, is the author of numerous works in Russian literature and theater, and editor of The Anthology of Russian Literature and The Cambridge Companion to Modern Russian Culture.
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