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     TV-channel "Russia Today": in day of a 170-anniversary of A.S.Pushkin's death, Konstantin Kovalev has told about poet's life in Moscow, his wedding with Nataly Goncharova, his trip in Arzurum (now - Turkey), duel with a French baron George Dantes, different understanding of his creativity and heritage today. Sometimes he is interpreted as "the malicious genius of 21-st century's Russian literature". Curiously: Pushkin's language and a postmodernism. For followers of a postmodernist style Pushkin became a brake and a handicap. The future of Pushkin's poetry, his role in modern life of society: these are questions which Konstantin Kovalev has answered the correspondent of TV-channel.



Russia marks anniversary of Alexandr Pushkin's death
2007. Russia Today (TV). Headline Stories

Russia is marking the 170th anniversary of the famous poet, Alexandr Pushkin's death. He was shot in a duel in 1837. He is considered to be one of the giants of Russian literature.

Alexander Pushkin - a Russian with Ethiopian roots - was born in 1799. A time described by many as the golden age of Russian literature. And his legacy is undoubtedly the most significant.

Pushkin wrote hundreds of poems, stories and fairytales. Many have been put in the eternal hall of fame and in fact changed the face of Russian language. Art and literature experts say modern Russian is the Pushkin language.

"Still many people have a huge interest in Pushkin's works and life. Everywhere in Russia - in the Urals, in Siberia - people write books about him. People write poems, copying his style," said Konstantin Kovalev, a historian.

In his time, the poet was known not only for his poems, but also for his love of women. It was because of them that Pushkin took part in numerous duels protecting his honour. This method of settling disputes was commonplace back then.

But there was one woman who won his heart - a girl from Moscow, Natalya Goncharova. They married in this chapel in 1830 and later Natalya gave birth to 4 children. But it was she, who led Pushkin to his end. A French baron George Dantes was courting the poet's wife. Pushkin challenged him to a duel. On February 10, 1837 Pushkin died after being mortally wounded.

"For the French it was just another episode, they did not react in any way. Duels happened very often back in those times. But in Russia, on the very next day everyone knew that the greatest poet of that period had been shot dead. His funeral gathered thousands," explained Alexander Voinhovich, a historian.

Georgy Galin, the great great grandson of one of Russia's literary giants, says he has no anger towards the family of George Dantes - the man who shot Pushkin dead.

"Many years have passed; it's no use to be angry. Besides, even his family had problems after that duel. One of Dantes' daughters was mad at him for killing the Great Russian poet. Relationship was so tense, that he had her locked up in a mental asylum in the end," said Mr Galin.

Busts of Pushkin can be found in many cities worldwide - including Shanghai and even the Ethiopian capital Addis-Ababa.


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