When Alexander Pushkin published his classic romantic novel of thwarted love and conflicting loyalties in 1833, readers found the entire work composed in a unique sonnet form with an intricate rhythmic and rhyming structure.
Eugene Onegin is the master work of the poet whom Russians regard as the fountainhead of their literature. Set in 1820s Russia, Pushkin’s verse novel follows the fates of three men and three women. Engaging, full of suspense, and varied in tone, it contains a large cast of characters and offers the reader many literary, philosophical, and autobiographical digressions, often in a highly satirical vein. Eugene Onegin was Pushkin’s own favourite work, and this new translation by Stanley Mitchell conveys the literal sense and the poetic music of the original.