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The Little Tragedies by [Pushkin, Alexander]
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Editorial Reviews


A poetic translation that is as close to the music and rhythm of the great original as seems to be possible. A remarkable work . . . There have been previous translations of Little Tragedies, notably by Nabokov. What makes Alan Shaw's translation stand out is that he did it with a view of actually performing them on stage. "Mozart and Salieri," which he translated first nearly thirty years ago, in 1983, has since been performed in several countries and was used for subtitles for Rimsky-Korsakov's opera. In 1984 Shaw directed a stage reading of the mini-play at Ann Arbor. - Tetradki (

One of Pushkin's most delightful works is The Little Tragedies--a collection of four short verse dramas he wrote in 1830. Alan Shaw, a poet, playwright, composer, and translator, has been working on English versions of these pieces for some time (and trying them out onstage when he had the chance), and is finally satisfied enough to publish them. I always welcome new translations of Pushkin that are not only in living English but work well when read aloud, and I hope they get widely produced and introduce more people to the plays. - Language Hat (

About the Author

The translator, Alan Shaw, is a playwright, poet, and composer. His other dramatic work includes his translation of Griboyedov's The Woes of Wit (Hermitage, 1992) a recently completed translation of the Agamemnon of Aeschylus, and his original play with music, The Ghost Dancers.

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  • File Size: 308 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Spoken and Sung; 1 edition (December 5, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 5, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,372,852 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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