Eugene Onegin - Pushkin / Preface by Elaine Feinstein. Illustrated by Anna and Elena Balbusso. Translated by James E. Falen. Bound in cloth.

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Illustration from "Eugene Onegin" (Alexander Pushkin, illus. by Anna & Elena Balbusso). I love how this is both "art in a book" and "a book in art".

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Leonid Sobinov as Lensky in the opera Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Tchaikovsky Bolshoi Theater, Russia — January 13th,1900

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"Fiction-writing in Russia has always been serious business. In a society without freedom, the great writers were the truth-tellers, the voice of the voiceless, and the conscience of a nation—“a second government,” as Alexander Solzhenitsyn once put it. Each of the ten works of fiction below is an acknowledged classic of Russian literature."

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“The great Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin, often sketched out his characters in his rough drafts, along side their descriptions. This picture was taken from a rough draft for the second canto of possibly his finest work: Eugene Onegin.”

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