And a Harvard Slavic literature scholar, Stephanie Sandler, sees stirrings of interest in her new seminar on was produced in 1999 with British actor Ralph Fiennes in the lead.It was roasted by critics, however, one of whom described Fiennes as dragging himself through the role looking like “a dog chewing on a wasp”.It is a 700-page tribute including dozens of Pushkin’s pen-and-ink sketches and a wide selection of fresh, unfettered translations. When completed next spring, it will be titled “Pushkin Is Our Everything” – a nod to a 19th-century Russian critic who coined the phrase.The Russians actually believe that in some spiritual sense he is just that.The last surviving male in the long family line, this Alexander Pushkin, 73, a retired ITT engineer, will take the name with him when he goes, and the Russians know it. “In poetry, no one else comes close,” an admiring Russian academic tells me.Hundreds of Pushkin scholars throughout Europe and the United States, and latterly from Russia, argue the meaning of his work, sometimes to exhaustive lengths, but they accept his innovative genius as a given.COALITION OF LEADING 250 SEXUAL ASSAULT, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUPS CONDEMN ANTI-TRANSGENDER LEGISLATION, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, April 21, 2016., National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, in association with GLAAD, National Center for Transgender Equality, National Black Justice Coalition, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Trans People of Color Coalition, April 29, 2014.
Indeed, he goes about life in Brussels almost unnoticed.
Half-jokingly, we tried communicating with the poet’s spirit that seemed to be wafting about that cozy living room but we only ended up sprouting goose pimples.
We chatted about the Pushkin lineage and the responsibilities of a bona fide Pushkin descendant in the modern world.
A new adaptation of Pushkin’s play has opened to critical acclaim at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, and is scheduled to run through the end of March.
The most original concept is headed by Wisconsin’s David Bethea, a leading Slavic literature scholar.