The Gypsies and Other Narrative Poems By Alexander Pushkin

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This choice of five of Pushkin's finest verse narratives displays all the qualities of Russia's greatest poet - his fluency, his ironic poise, his endless ability to surprise, his creation of poetry out of everyday language. Besides the anti-Romantic Gypsies, the selection contains the "whodunit" ballad The Bridgeroom, the comic country-life tale Count Nulin, the savagely politicized Tale of the Golden Cockerel, and Pushkin's touching version of the Snow White story, The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Champions. The translator's introduction, afterword and notes offer fascinating glimpses into Pushkin's world - and the translator's workshop.