Pub Date 12 Sep 2017
In Robert Chandler's exquisite biography, literary giant Alexander Pushkin, lauded as the Russian Shakespeare, is examined as writer, lover and public figure. Chandler explores his relationship to politics and provides a fascinating glimpse of the turbulent history Pushkin lived through. The book acts as a succinct guide to anybody trying to understand Russia's most celebrated literary figure and also illuminates the wider historical and political context of early nineteenth-century Russia.
• "Chandler, a superb translator from the Russian, rises to the challenge as he celebrates the writing while dodging the 'crushing weight of reverence.'" - Independent
• "This superb, short... book is a masterwork... a digestible, readable biography." - Russian Life Magazine
• "[...An] engaging and enjoyable "brief life" of Russia's greatest, most quintessential poet." - Times Literary Supplement