Aleksandr Pushkin: Istoriia sela Goriukhina (2101 words)


In 1830, when Pushkin became engaged to Natalia Goncharova, his father gave him the village of Kistenyovo, part of the family’s Boldino estate near Nizhny Novgorod. Now a landowner for the first time, Pushkin travelled to Boldino early that autumn, in order to have 200 serfs officially transferred to his name. Quarantine regulations imposed in response to a cholera outbreak prevented him from returning to Moscow and he was obliged – to his deep frustration – to stay in the village until early December.

During these months – now commonly referred to as the “Boldino Autumn” – Pushkin wrote an extraordinary number of masterpieces. Among them was his first complete prose work, Povesti …

Citation: Chandler, Robert. "Istoriia sela Goriukhina". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 May 2019 [, accessed 23 June 2021.]

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