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Eugene Onegin: A Novel in Verse: Commentary [Paperback]

Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin , Vladimir Nabokov
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Jan. 21 1991 Princeton/Bollingen Paperbacks
This is the widely acclaimed translation of Russian literature's most seminal work. Pushkin's "novel in verse" has influenced Russian prose as well as poetry for more than a century. By turns brilliant, entertaining, romantic and serious, it traces the development of a young Petersburg dandy as he deals with life and love. Influeneced by Byron, Pushkin reveals the nature of his heroes through the emotional colorations found in their witty remarks, nature descriptions, and unexpected actions, all conveyed in stanzas of sonnet length (a form which became known as the Onegin Stanza), faithfully reproduced by Walter Arndt inthis Bollingen Prize translation.

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"Nabokov's translation and commentary, taken together, can best be considered as a sui generis work of art--perhaps his ultimate masterpiece."--J. Thomas Shaw, Slavic and East European Journal


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Expectations, Poor Results July 27 2001
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Vladimir Nabokov is one of the great authors of the 20th century, both as a craftsman and stylist in the novel form. He even succeed in grand poetry (Pale Fire), so one would think that his literal translation of Oneigin would be a welcome publication. It's not. First, Nabokov strips Onegin of all poetics, which he admits is his intent. He believes the poem is better understood from a transliteral (almost interlinear) reading than from a poetic reconstruction. This attempt may please, and I stress "may," those who, unfamiliar with Russian, and who want such a bland diet of lackluster prose. But there are so many excellent translations of Onegin that are beautiful and captivating in themselves, I'm not sure there's much need for such a literal, word-for-word, transcription. Perhaps this book belongs on the shelf along with other translations of Onegin, but it's not one I'll return to in the near future.
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I'm a Russian Language and Literature major in Yonsei Univ. in Korea. Having lived in Moscow for around 3 years, I'd heard there a lot about Pushkin and read many of his famous works. The most prestigious of his, however, must be "Onegin." It's a great mixture of verse and prose in its form. If possible, try to read this in Russian, as well. This long poetical prose was written for 8 years and the ending rhyme perfectly matches for the entire line until the very end. Compared to others, it is definitely a conspicuous and brilliant one. "Onegin" can be the author himself or yourself. The love between Onegin and TaTyana is neither the cheap kind of love that often appears in any books nor the tragic one that is intended to squeze your tears. As a literature, this book covers not only love between passionate youth, but also a large range of literary works in it, which can tell us about the contemporary literature current and its atmosphere. Calling Onegin "My friend", Pushkin, the author, shows the probability and likelihood of the work. Finally, I'm just sorry that the title has been changed into English. The original name must be "Yevgeni Onegin(¬¬Ó¬Ô¬Ö¬ß¬Ú¬Û ¬°¬ß¬Ö¬Ô¬Ú¬ß)." If you are a literature major or intersted in it, I'd like to recommand you read this. You can't help but loving the two lovers and may reread it, especially the two correspondences through a long period of time. Only with readng this book, you'll also learn a huge area of the contemporary literature of the 19th century from the books mentioned in "Onegin" that take part as its subtext. Enjoy yourself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serendipity April 27 2000
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You will find here an ingenous legacy...I mean the translation as a gift, and a bridge, a well done bridge between old Russia and America. Nabokov's creative translation is something more than ...being Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin for a while. This a not little chance to get a green card to the treasury of the russian country. This is simple a ticket to Russia for everybody, and of first class, which think that the more You read the more You are happy...until the last page.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good book April 18 2002
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i like this book. it helps a lot. and looks good on the shelf to boot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eugene Onegin: A novel in Verse volume 2 Jan. 5 2013
By Melinda Suhajda - Published on Amazon.com
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This portion of the two novels, is commentary and annotation of the prose poem by Vladamir Nabokov. It is the most complete
commentary of the work ever.
4.0 out of 5 stars For lovers of Nabokov and Pushkin Nov. 29 2012
By Anthony Rodino - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the ideal companion to any translation of Onegin. Nabokov is at his best with his great narrations and digressions. Ideal for lovers of Russian literature often considered untranslatable. Necessary to the better comprehension of Pushkin masterpiece. .Just refuse to be turned off by the size (over 1000 pages) and brick weight of this important book.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never mention "literature" without reading this book! March 29 2003
By Kang Kyung Ah - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a Russian Language and Literature major in Yonsei Univ. in Korea. Having lived in Moscow for around 3 years, I'd heard there a lot about Pushkin and read many of his famous works. The most prestigious of his, however, must be "Onegin." It's a great mixture of verse and prose in its form. If possible, try to read this in Russian, as well. This long poetical prose was written for 8 years and the ending rhyme perfectly matches for the entire line until the very end. Compared to others, it is definitely a conspicuous and brilliant one. "Onegin" can be the author himself or yourself. The love between Onegin and TaTyana is neither the cheap kind of love that often appears in any books nor the tragic one that is intended to squeze your tears. As a literature, this book covers not only love between passionate youth, but also a large range of literary works in it, which can tell us about the contemporary literature current and its atmosphere. Calling Onegin "My friend", Pushkin, the author, shows the probability and likelihood of the work. Finally, I'm just sorry that the title has been changed into English. The original name must be "Yevgeni Onegin(¬¬Ó¬Ô¬Ö¬ß¬Ú¬Û ¬°¬ß¬Ö¬Ô¬Ú¬ß)." If you are a literature major or intersted in it, I'd like to recommand you read this. You can't help but loving the two lovers and may reread it, especially the two correspondences through a long period of time. Only with readng this book, you'll also learn a huge area of the contemporary literature of the 19th century from the books mentioned in "Onegin" that take part as its subtext. Enjoy yourself!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It was a help to our reading group Sept. 9 2009
By Jim Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though I had read Eugene Onegin several times it had always been by the proverbial seat of my pants. But when my reading group decided to delve into this classic I decided it was a good time to get some more info and background on it.
McNab did not disappoint. He filled in a number of holes that would have been difficult for us to have figured out. I certainly didn't read all of it but I dug in whenever I (or we) had a question. It was pretty helpful and, as expected, interesting.
12 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Expectations, Poor Results July 27 2001
By D. S. Heersink - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Vladimir Nabokov is one of the great authors of the 20th century, both as a craftsman and stylist in the novel form. He even succeed in grand poetry (Pale Fire), so one would think that his literal translation of Oneigin would be a welcome publication. It's not. First, Nabokov strips Onegin of all poetics, which he admits is his intent. He believes the poem is better understood from a transliteral (almost interlinear) reading than from a poetic reconstruction. This attempt may please, and I stress "may," those who, unfamiliar with Russian, and who want such a bland diet of lackluster prose. But there are so many excellent translations of Onegin that are beautiful and captivating in themselves, I'm not sure there's much need for such a literal, word-for-word, transcription. Perhaps this book belongs on the shelf along with other translations of Onegin, but it's not one I'll return to in the near future.
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