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Author Griboyedov, Aleksandr Sergeyevich, 1795-1829, author.

Title Woe from wit a verse comedy in four acts Alexander Griboedov ; translated by Betsy Hulick

Publication Info. New York Columbia University Press [2020]

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Description 1 online resource (xl, 152 pages)
Series Russian library
Russian library (Columbia University. Press)
Note "Published with the support of Read Russia, Inc., and the Institute of Literary Translation, Russia"
Summary "Alexander Griboedov's Woe from Wit is one of the masterpieces of Russian drama. A verse comedy set in Moscow high society after the Napoleonic wars, it offers sharply drawn characters and clever repartee, mixing meticulously crafted banter and biting social critique. Its protagonist, Chatsky, is an idealistic ironist, a complex Romantic figure who would be echoed in Russian literature from Pushkin onward. Chatsky returns from three years abroad hoping to rekindle a romance with his childhood sweetheart, Sophie. In the meantime, she has fallen in love with Molchalin, her reactionary father Famusov's scheming secretary. Chatsky speaks out against the hypocrisy of aristocratic society--and as scandal erupts, he is met with accusations of madness. Woe from Wit was written in 1823 and was an immediate sensation, but under heavy-handed tsarist censorship, it was not published in full until forty years later. Its influence is felt not just in Russian literary language but in everyday speech. It is the source of a remarkable number of frequently quoted aphorisms and turns of phrase, comparable to Shakespeare's influence on English. Yet owing to its complex rhyme scheme and verse structure, the play has frequently been considered almost untranslatable. Betsy Hulick's translation brings Griboedov's sparkling wit, spirited dialogue, and effortless crossing of registers from elevated to colloquial into a lively contemporary English"-- Provided by publisher
Contents Introduction / by Angela Brintlinger -- Translator's Note -- Woe from wit
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Subject Griboyedov, Aleksandr Sergeyevich, 1795-1829. Gore ot uma -- Translations into English.
Gore ot uma (Griboyedov, Aleksandr Sergeyevich)
Man-woman relationships -- Russia -- Drama.
Social classes -- Russia -- Drama.
Russian drama (Comedy) -- 19th century -- Translations into English.
FICTION -- Literary
Man-woman relationships
Russian drama (Comedy)
Social classes
Chronological Term 1800-1899
Genre/Form Drama
Electronic books
Added Author Hulick, Betsy translator
Added Title Gore ot uma. English
Other Form: Print version Griboyedov, Aleksandr Sergeyevich, 1795-1829 Gore ot uma. English Woe from wit New York : Columbia University Press, [2020] 9780231189781 (DLC) 2019020284 (OCoLC)1099833189
ISBN 9780231548519 electronic bk.
0231548516 electronic bk.
9780231189781 cloth
0231189788 cloth
9780231189798 paperback
0231189796 paperback