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A Very Athletic Person

T.J. Binyon, 26 May 1994

Strolls with Pushkin 
by Abram Tertz, translated by Catharine TheimerNepomnyashchy and Slava Yastremski.
Yale, 175 pp., £17.95, February 1994, 0 300 05279 0
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... has been the work of the Pushkin myth. In the Introduction to Strolls with Pushkin, Catherine Nepomnyashchy traces the evolution of the myth from Gogol’s remark in 1834 that Pushkin ‘is an extraordinary phenomenon and perhaps the only manifestation of the Russian spirit’ to the present day. The canonisation was set in train immediately after the ...

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