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Peter the Great's African: Experiments in Prose (NYRB Classics)

Posted By: IrGens
Peter the Great's African: Experiments in Prose (NYRB Classics)

Peter the Great's African: Experiments in Prose (NYRB Classics) by Alexander Pushkin, edited by Robert Chandler, translated by Robert Chandler, Elizabeth Chandler, Boris Dralyuk
English | April 12, 2022 | ISBN: 1681375990 | True EPUB | 208 pages | 1.3 MB

Newly translated, unfinished works about power, class conflict, and artistic inspiration by Russia's greatest poet.

Alexander Pushkin, Russia’s foundational writer, was constantly experimenting with new genres, and this fresh selection ushers readers into his creative laboratory. Politics and history weighed heavily on Pushkin’s imagination, and in “Peter the Great’s African” he depicts the Tsar through the eyes of one of his closest confidantes, Ibrahim, a former slave, modeled on Pushkin’s maternal great-grandfather. At once outsider and insider, Ibrahim offers a sympathetic yet questioning view of Peter’s attempt to integrate his vast, archaic empire into Europe.

In the witty “History of the Village of Goriukhino” Pushkin employs parody and self-parody to explore problems of writing history, while “Dubrovsky” is both a gripping adventure story and a vivid picture of provincial Russia in the late eighteenth century, with its class conflicts ready to boil over in violence. “The Egyptian Nights,” an effervescent mixture of prose and poetry, reflects on the nature of artistic inspiration and the problem of the poet’s place in a rapidly changing and ever more commercialized society.