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Pushkin's Button

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ISBN-10: 0226857719

ISBN-13: 9780226857718

Edition: N/A

Authors: Serena Vitale, Ann Goldstein, Jon Rothschild

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Pushkin's Button recreates the four months of Pushkin's life leading up to the fatal duel in the snow on January 27, 1837. Many theories have been advanced about the death of one of Russia's greatest artists, none of them wholly satisfactory. Serena Vitale has opened the archives and studies the case more closely, and more imaginatively, than anyone before her. Her brilliant detective work unearths fascinating, revealing details, including a button missing from Pushkin's Kamerjunker uniform. "Pushkin's Button will keep all constituencies of reader fastened to their seats, as they watch Petersburg's lofty denizens leave no moment of the hurtling Pushkin scandal unrecorded or not speculated on."--Monika Greenleaf,Los Angeles Times "[A] deliciously entertaining whydunit, a book in which every page seduces with a riddle. . . . Vivacious, seductive, original."--Michael Dirda, Washington Post "A delightful combination of retrograde pleasures (court balls, the demise of a doomed genius) and primary sources. . . . Illuminating."--Richard Lamb, New York Times Book Review "A book almost impossible to put down."--George Steiner, New Yorker
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 355
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Serena Vitale is a professor of Russian language and literature at Universit� Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano. She is the author of numerous books and essays on Russian literature, and has also translated many Russian novels into Italian. Her acclaimed biographical work Pushkin's Button was translated into English in 1999.

Author's Note
Dispatches from St. Petersburg
The Chouan
Those Fateful Flannel Undershirts
Herring and Caviar
The Heights of Zion
Pushkin's Button
The Anonymous Letters
Suspects
Twelve Sleepless Nights
Remembrance
The Deleted Lines
The Bold Pedicurist
Table Talk
The Man for Whom We Were Silent
The Ambassador's Snuffbox
One Summer in Baden-Baden
Epilogue
Sources
Notes
Index of Names