A compelling biography of the father of Russian literature, including new material relating to his death, by an acclaimed biographer and poet, published to tie in with the 2nd centenary of Pushkin's death. Pushkin was Russia's greatest poet and his prose tales led directly to the flowering of the Russian novel through the 19th century. His story is a marvellous one, as poignant as Mozart's whom he resembled in his precocity, lack of guile and appetite for life. Witty and incisively intelligent, he was nevertheless an object of suspicion for 2 Tsars. His genius aroused the enmity of bureaucrats who blocked him at every turn, and after a hopelessly unsuccessful marriage he was murdered in a dual aged 37.
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