N. A. Nekrasov: Komu na Rusi zhit' khorosho? [Who is to Live Well in Russia?]

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  • Michael Ransome (Bristol Grammar School)

Who is to Live Well in Russia? (Komu na Rusi zhit’ khorosho?) was the major creation undertaken by the nineteenth-century Russian civic poet Nikolai Alekeseevich Nekrasov and was his self-confessed “favourite child”. Grandiose in design and epic in intention, this narrative poem occupied the poet’s attention virtually for the last twenty years of his life and ultimately remained unfinished. Nekrasov’s premature death prevented its revision and completion, leaving the work as an imperfect legacy, the purpose and quality of which have been hotly debated by critics.

Who is to Live Well in Russia? is by far the longest creation of its author’s Muse, constituting over eight and a …

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Citation:
Ransome, Michael. "Komu na Rusi zhit' khorosho?". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 March 2004
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