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Gypsies and Other Narrative Poems, the (2006) [Collection]
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Alexander Pushkin’s reputation as Russia’s greatest poet rests on more than Eugene Onegin. This selection of five of his finest narrative poems displays his essential qualities – his stylistic fluency, ironic poise, parodic playfulness and endless ability to surprise, his creation of poetry out of everyday language.

The Gypsies, the anti-Romantic tale of a city-dweller whose search for ‘unspoiled’ values among gypsies ends in tragedy, is modern Russian literature’s first masterpiece – and a source for Bizet’s Carmen. The ballad The Bridegroom turns this Romantic genre into a whodunit filled with sexual dread and subconscious terror. Count Nulin, a deliciously comic tale of country life, stands Shakespeare’s Rape of Lucrece on its head – what would have happened if Lucrece had slapped Tarquin’s face? The Tale of the Dead Princess (Pushkin’s version of the Snow White story) transforms Russian folk-tale into purest art, and the eerie Tale of the Golden Cockerel savagely politicizes the folk-tale form.

In a substantial introduction, the translator discusses these different approaches to narrative in verse and the literary and biographical context of each poem. In his end notes and an afterword ‘Pushkin’s Voice in English’, he takes the reader into the translator’s workshop to consider what is involved in the process of translating Pushkin’s verse and his solutions to specific problems posed.


  • The Gypsies
  • The Bridegroom
  • Count Nulin
  • The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Champions
  • The Tale of the Golden Cockerel

Original title: The Gypsies and Other Narrative Poems
Original languages: Russian


Genre: PoetryEpic and Narrative Poetry

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Edition #1: The Gypsies and Other Narrative Poems

The Gypsies and Other Narrative Poems (2006)
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Language: English

Translated by: Antony Wood
  • "Re-creating Pushkin requires skills approaching magic. Antony Wood is one of the two or three best translators of Russia’s greatest poet in the Angophone world, because his Pushkin moves: you watch him dance as well as hear him sing." Caryl Emerson
  • "Wood show considerable expertise in producing sustained and impeccable iambic tetrameter … a welcome and worthy addition to the library of Russian literature in translation offered by Angel Classics … from one of the UK’s leading translators of verse." Michael Pursglove, Slavonic and East European Review
  • "“Count Nulin” is rendered by Wood into witty, supple English cadences that imitate the effect of Pushkin’s iambic pentameter … “The Tale of the Dead Princess”, a version of Snow White, luminously combines verse of the highest cultivation with the simple intimacies of a peasant nurse’s diction. “The Gypsies” is a flawless and bewitching creation." Rachel Polonsky, Times Literary Supplement
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The Gypsies and Other Narrative Poems (2006)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Angel Classics
ISBN: 9780946162727
Pages: 156

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The Gypsies and Other Narrative Poems (January 2006)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: David R. Godine
ISBN: 9781567922721
Pages: 116

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