Eugene Onegin

Alexander Pushkin

Introduced by Elaine Feinstein
Illustrated by Anna and Elena Balbusso

Pushkin's sparkling story of love and tragedy, translated by James E. Falen and illustrated by the Balbusso sisters.

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Eugene Onegin

'But whom to love? To trust and treasure?
Who won’t betray us in the end?
And who’ll be kind enough to measure
Our words and deeds as we intend?’
If a single book could be said to represent Russian literature, it is Alexander Pushkin's magnificent novel in verse, Eugene Onegin. First published in full in 1833, it is considered to be the fountainhead of literature in the language. Its fame is international: it has inspired films, television series and a ballet as well as an opera by Tchaikovsky. Pushkin's tour de force is as sparkling, witty and deeply moving today as when it was first written.

Onegin, a dashing, cynical and bored nobleman who has taken over his uncle's estate in the country, spurns the love of the shy, bookish Tatyana Larina. But as Eugene's life unravels and Tatyana's blossoms, their roles are transformed. Eugene Onegin moves effortlessly between feeling and frivolity, delicious comedy and desperate sadness.The story's rich emotional range is perfectly conveyed through Pushkin's much-imitated 14-line Onegin stanza. This is also a wonderful portrait of Imperial Russia, from 'the crush, the glitter and the gladness' of St Petersburg balls to the peace of the snow-bound countryside.

'[Pushkin’s] masterpiece ... Every Russian knows lines of his poetry by heart'

Production Details

Eugene Onegin book
  • Translated by James E. Falen.
  • Bound in cloth.
  • Blocked with a design by Anna and Elena Balbusso.
  • Set in Miller.
  • 280 pages.
  • Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations.
  • Book size: 11" × 7¼".

About the Balbusso Sisters

Anna and Elena Balbusso are award-winning artists who live and work in Milan, Italy. They have illustrated several Folio titles including Pride and Prejudice, Alexander Pushkin’s The Queen of Spades and Other Stories, and new Folio edition Twelfth Night.


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Review by PAULALOUD on 21st Feb 2015

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 5/5

"Eugene Onegin is a Russian literature classic novel by Pushkin written in rhyming verse. The FS edition is slightly oversized with haunting illustrations that beautifully complement the content and l..." [read more]

Review by dimitrihk on 11th Nov 2012

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 5/5

"Everything from the quality of the paper to the layout makes this a superb reading experience. The preface and introduction add important details that help identify the context of Pushkin's work and ..." [read more]

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