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Book Title: The Tale of Tsar Saltan|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.27 MB
v The author of the book: Alexander Pushkin
Edition: Dial Books
Date of issue: October 1st 1996
ISBN 13: 9780803720015
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Read full description of the books The Tale of Tsar Saltan:Bitterly, the weaver sighed,
And the cook in passion cried,
Full of jealousy and hate
Of their sister's happy fate.
- Alexander Pushkin
Human beings are complex creatures. We can love and hate with the same energy. When we meet a cruel person, we call him “inhuman”. Because being “human” entails love, solidarity, generosity. However, after getting to know so many people that are everything but nice, one starts to wonder about the true nature of humans. What is to be human? Are we capable of being happy for other people's happiness or we practice what we preach just once in a while?
I added this book the other day and found it and read it today. My first choice was a Spanish translation. For the love of Alexandria, what a horrible thing to read. The entire essence of the tale was lost in the way. So I exchanged it for one in English that actually kept the original form. It's a fairy tale in verse. But even fairy tales can be thought provoking.
This is a poem full of imagination, adventure and beautiful verses with some humorous images. What I still love about Pushkin's style are the words he chose to describe every image, every thought. A rich, exquisite language that leaves me spellbound with a silly, dreamy smile out of admiration. Even while writing about the simplest things. Not in vane he's considered the greatest Russian poet.
This is the story of three sisters that dreamed of marrying the Tsar. Eventually, he chose the youngest sister and the others went to work for them at the palace. The envy and jealousy of those sisters and the mother (sly deceiver!) because of the girl's good fortune caused undesirable consequences. That people can't be happy because of their own relatives' bliss is something I'll never understand. But it happens.
Anyway, a nice read.
Read information about the authorAlexander Sergeevich Pushkin was a Russian Romantic author who is considered to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature Pushkin pioneered the use of vernacular speech in his poems and plays, creating a style of storytelling—mixing drama, romance, and satire—associated with Russian literature ever since and greatly influencing later Russian writers.
Born in Moscow, Pushkin published his first poem at the age of fifteen, and was widely recognized by the literary establishment by the time of his graduation from the Imperial Lyceum in Tsarskoe Selo. Pushkin gradually became committed to social reform and emerged as a spokesman for literary radicals; in the early 1820s he clashed with the government, which sent him into exile in southern Russia. While under the strict surveillance of government censors and unable to travel or publish at will, he wrote his most famous play, the drama Boris Godunov, but could not publish it until years later. His novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, was published serially from 1825 to 1832.
Pushkin and his wife Natalya Goncharova, whom he married in 1831, later became regulars of court society. In 1837, while falling into greater and greater debt amidst rumors that his wife had started conducting a scandalous affair, Pushkin challenged her alleged lover, Georges d'Anthès, to a duel. Pushkin was mortally wounded and died two days later.
Because of his liberal political views and influence on generations of Russian rebels, Pushkin was portrayed by Bolsheviks as an opponent to bourgeois literature and culture and a predecessor of Soviet literature and poetry. Tsarskoe Selo was renamed after him.
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