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LITTLE TRAGEDIES by famous Russian poet A. Pushkinn under Victor Sobchak's direction
was perform in 1998 (the UK premiere) and then in 2003.
Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin: (June 6/1799–February 10/1837) was a Russian author
of the Romantic era who is considered to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder
of modern Russian literature. Pushkin pioneered the use of vernacular speech in his
poems and plays, creating a style of storytelling—mixing drama, romance, and satire—associated
with Russian literature ever since and greatly influencing later Russian writers.
The “Little tragedies” stand among the great masterpieces of Russian literature,
yet they were last translated into English a quarter-century ago and have in recent
years been out of print entirely. The four “little tragedies”—Mozart and Salieri,
The Miserly Knight, The Stone Guest, and A Feast During the Plague—are extremely
compressed dialogues, each dealing with a dominant protagonist whose central internal
conflict determines both the plot and structure of the play. Pushkin focuses on human
passions and the interplay between free will and fate: though each protagonist could
avoid self-ruin, instead he freely chooses it.
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