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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin. Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin. Eugene Onegin is the master work of the poet whom Russians regard as the fountainhead of their literature. Set in imperial Russia during the s, Pushkin’s novel in verse follows the emotions and destiny of three men – Onegin the bored fop, Lensky the minor elegiast, and a stylized Pushkin memmorable – and the fates and affections of three women – Tatyana the provincial bea Eugene Onegin is the master work of the poet whom Russians regard as the fountainhead of their literature.

Set in imperial Russia during the s, Pushkin’s novel in verse follows the emotions and destiny of three men – Onegin the bored fop, Lensky the minor elegiast, and a stylized Pushkin himself – and the fates and affections of three women – Tatyana the provincial beauty, her sister Olga, and Pushkin’s mercurial Muse. Engaging, full of suspense, and varied in tone, it also portrays a large cast of other characters and offers the reader many literary, philosophical, and autobiographical digressions, often in a highly satirical vein.

Eugene Onegin was Pushkin’s own favourite dipsaro, and it shows him attempting to transform himself from romantic poet into realistic novelist.

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This new translation seeks to retain both the literal sense and the poetic music of the original, and capture the poem’s spontaneity and wit. The introduction examines several ways of reading the novel, and the text is richly annotated. PaperbackOxford World’s Classicspages. Published October 22nd by Oxford University Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Eugene Oneginplease sign up.

Searching for the best translation, any recommendations? Pasha Uhin James E. Falen’s version is the best in my opinion I’m Russianit keeps the flow and rhythm of the original which reads very quickly and easily.

Is this a clean book? If this were a hollywood movie today it would be rated PG, if that’s what you mean. See all 4 questions about Eugene Onegin…. Lists with This Book. I dare you, double-triple-dog dare you, to find a Russian person who has never heard of Evgeniy Onegin. If you do somehow manage to find this living-under-the-rock person, I unfortunately cannot provide you with a monetary reward since I have no money to speak of.

Children read it in literature class and are made to memorize passages from it starting in elementary school. There are operas, ballets, and films. The phrases from it have become aphorisms and are still widely used in the Russian language. It even dragged the name Tatyana out of the obscurity to the heights of long-lasting popularity now the lines ‘Her sister’s name was Tatyana. Yes, the familiarity of Russians with ‘Evgeniy Onegin’ is quite stunning.

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And yet I think most of us, when you get to the bottom of things, have only superficial recollections of it, the bits and pieces of storyline which may or may not feature a love story?

And this is why I embarked on a re-read – and as a result having unintentionally impressed my literature teacher mother yay, the perks of Pushkin! I wonder – is it a coincidence that my brother and I have the names of Alexander Pushkin and his wife Natalie? I wanted to discover those gems that critics and teachers see, and which evaded me the first time I read it at seven and then at fifteen.

And, reader, I found them! Did I mention before that this book is over pages of verse, rhyming in a particular stanza structure that came to ell known dispqro ‘Pushkin sonnet’ “aBaBccDDeFFeGG” with masculine endings in lower case and feminine endings in upper phshkin – for you, literature buffs!

That seems like a huge feat to accomplish – and it did take Pushkin a decade to complete and publish it. And yet, despite the gargantuan effort, this novel reads so incredibly easy and effortlessly that it’s almost too easy to overlook its beauty sophistication under the deceiving cover-up of light simplicity.

These pushikn are two hundred years memorabpe, and yet sound very natural even to a modern Russian ear – a testament to Pushkin’s amazing grasp of nuances and dynamics of living Russian language, not the stuffy official one and that, admirably, was in the era where many educated Russians could speak flawless French, English or German but were often struggling with their native ‘peasant’ language – just like Tatyana Larina, actually! The plot of the novel can be easily seen as a love story – if you strip it down to its most basic elements, of course.


A bored rich noble Evgeniy Onegin comes from the capital to a rural part of Russia, meets a young and naively passionate Tatyana Larinaa daughter of a local rural noble, and spurns her naive affections expressed in a passionate letter to him.

A misunderstanding over Tatyana’s sister leads to a duel between Onegin and his younger poet friend Lensky – and leaves Menorable dead. A few years later, Onegin runs into Tatiana idsparo St Petersburg – now a disapro sophisticated lady of the higher society – and is smitten; but his affections get spurned by the older and wiser Tatiana aledander delivers a famous line that although she still loves Evgeniy, she “belong[s] to another and will be forever faithful to him”.

What this simplified version that sticks in the minds of many readers years later lacks is exactly what makes this a great novel as opposed to yet another 19th century romance. What makes it unique is a masterful mockingly sarcastic portrayal of the entire ‘cream’ of Russian society so familiar to Pushkin, one of its members by birth. From the very beginning, Pushkin assumes a conversational tone with the reader, breaking the literary fourth wall any chance he gets, emphasizing that the characters and customs he describes are well-known, contemporary and easily recognizable not only to him but also to his audience – the educated ‘cream of the society’ of whom he’s making subtle fun.

He’s reasonably good-looking, educated ‘just enough’ and unconsciously playing up a fashionable gothic stereotype, bored with life already at the age of twenty-six, sharply contrasted with Lensky, an eighteen-year-old poet ready to fall in love and sing it endless dithyrambs.

Evgeniy does seem fake in his boredom and despicable in his feeling of superiority and self-righteousnessand therefore his disappointment in pursuit of older, more interesting Tatyana’s love comes as a deserved punishment, readers agree. And let’s face it – despite the novel being named after Onegin, he in the hearts of the readers plays second fiddle to the one he first rejected and then hopelessly pursued – Tatyana Larina.

Tatyana Larina, in contrast to Evgeniy, has always been the darling of Russian literature. She is viewed as uniquely Russian the fact that Pushkin himself emphasizes, even when he acknowledges that like many of the Russian nobles of that time, Tatyana had a hard time speaking Russianthe embodiment of what a perfect Russian woman should be – sincere, idealistic and passionate, and yet strong, resilient and faithful to her partner despite the temptations.

She can be easily seen as an inspiration to all those noble Decemberists’ wives who were willing to leave everything behind and follow their duty and obligation to the depths of Siberia, if need be.

Her rejection of Evgeniy is viewed as undeniable integrity and strength of character, and the unwavering ability to self-sacrifice for what is right.

That’s how I was taught to think about Tatyana, in any case. She steals the stage from Evgeniy so effortlessly and naturally to become a heroine and not just the girl in love. And yet, as I was reading this novel now, likely at least a decade older than Tatyana when she falls in love, I could not help but notice the bits in her character that made me question her place on the pedestal of ultimate Russian womanhood – and because of that actually made her more dear and more relatable to me.

You see, the sincerity and passion with which Tatyana embraced her young love on this read-through did not disparoo pass my scrutiny. Let’s be honest – she does not fall in love with Onegin; instead, raised on cheap romances, she falls in love with an imagined ideal of him, having glimpsed him only during a single evening he spends in her home.

She falls in love with this mysterious handsome haughty stranger because, as the stories have taught her, she’s supposed to. She’s young and impressionable her age is never stated, but at some point there’s a mention of a thirteen-year-old girl, which to me feels a bit too young to be Tatyana – and so I tend to imagine her about seventeen or eighteen, making her younger sister Olga a ‘marriageable material’ as well.

She plays the role of a typical quiet, introspective, shy, pale and dreamy young woman very well, having internalized the idea of a romantic heroine. Dl love is msmorable no more real than Onegin’s trendy disappointment with life. Her passionate letter, written in French, is open and brave – but yet, on a closer reading, full of cliches that are clearly taken out of romance novels that kept her company throughout adolescence.

So basically memoarble I see here is the meeting of two people both of whom are instinctively and therefore very sincerely playing the exact roles society and culture expect them to play – the world-weary Evgeniy and the romantically passionate Tatyana.


None of them is the ultimate Russian hero, let’s face it.

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The conventions they both pander memorwble is what does not allow them to be happy. Tatyana three years later, having turned into a refined Petersburg married lady commanding respect and admiration, appears a much more interesting character – to Onegin as well, unsurprisingly.

But her astounding transformation really seems to be just another role she tries on and fulfills with the same aptitude as she did the role of a romantic provincial young woman in love. Tatyana wears her new expectations as a glove – and so does Evgeniy, madly falling in love with her just as would be expected for a young dandy meeting a refined alluring woman of higher society.

Once again both of them play a part that’s expected for them, and play it well. And even Tatyana’s ultimate rejection of Onegin may not be so much the strength of her character as the expected behavior of a woman in such a situation as portrayed in the romance novels with which she grew up the alternative to Tatyana’s decision decades later was described by Tolstoy in ‘Anna Karenina’ with all the tragic consequences that followed.

An ideal Russian woman? A memorabpe woman tragically caught in the web of societal and cultural expectations in her youth and now in her adulthood? And in this, I think, is the strength and the tragedy of this story. Pushkin seems to have felt the societal conventions very well to so exquisitely poke fun at them while showing very subtly the pain they can lead to.

He shows the tragedy of yet another societal convention of establishing masculinity and honor – the duels. Onegin kills his friend Lensky in a duel that both of them know is not necessary but yet expected by the society – and Pushkin is not subtle about showing memoorable wasteful unnecessity of such an act.

And this is why neither me nor my literature teacher mother can even fathom how, in winter ofyear-old Alexander Pushkin himself allowed ridiculous societal convention to take his life, losing his life in a duel which supposedly happened over a woman – the duel he described so aptly years prior in his masterpiece.

Bookworm buffs – check this out. The second greatest Russian poet, young Mikhail Lermontov disparro, who wrote a famous and angry poem upon Pushkin’s death in that ill-fated duel, proceeded to write a death-duel scene himself which almost exactly predicted his own death – also in a duel – cisparo few years later. What was going on with Russian literary geniuses recognizing the futility and tragedy of conventions leading to duels and then dying in the same manner that they described and mocked?

There was more to Onegin’s story than we got to see in the finished version. As Pushkin wrote it when he has fallen out of favor, when he was in his Southern exile, he had Onegin travel all over Russia coming in contact with events and sights that the poet had eventually prudently decided were not risking his freedom over publishing and so destroyed those parts.

How much do I wish those chapters have survived intact! There may have been some added depth to the character of the ultimate Russian world-weary dandy had they survived.

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View all 45 comments. What can I say about this Eugene Onegin? A work that is so sublime, bearing the name of a character, oh so much apart I would like to thank the magnificence of this song with my simple words, and I feel immediately this will be a daunting task But I start anyway!

Let’s talk first about intrigue. Eugene Oneguin is a love story between Onegin and Tatiana, a love story obviously impossible – even though here it is rather rendered impossible and lost forever because of the blindness and contemp What can I say about this Eugene Onegin? Eugene Oneguin is a love story between Onegin and Tatiana, a love story obviously impossible – even though here it is rather rendered impossible and lost forever because of the blindness and contempt of Onegin, a jaded character and tired by all that constitutes life, especially by men and especially love.

The whole is punctuated by the intervention of the poet Pushkinwho delivers us with delight his trait of spirit. Through this novel we also make a magnificent encounter, that of the touching and tender Lenski, a young romantic poet who responds only to the voice of the heart, and are indeed on the same path – the very one that will make him losing his precious life for Love.