In this book, the author constructs a new scholarly version of Pushkin as an artist profoundly at odds not only with his society, but also with himself. While investigating the last and unhappy period of Pushkin's biography (1830-1837), e.g. 'the end of Pushkin's life,' the author restores paradoxical circumstances that eventually led to the poet's death.
Yuri Druzhnikov is Professor of Russian Literature at the University of California-Davis.
Foreword; 1. The New Year of 1830: From Skepticism to Apathy; 2. "A Secret Police Surveillance"; 3. A Paradox: "The Superfluous Man" in the Mirror; 4. In Search of a Niche; 5. Reconciling the Spirit with the Reality; 6. A Paradox: The Untrustworthy Loyal Subject; 7. A Paradox: The Internal Emigre; 8. "I'll Make Myself a Russian Dangeau"; 9. "Amid Libels and Denunciations"; 10. Is the Truth Dearer than the Motherland?; 11. Passport to a Better World; 12. Pushkin in 1837: Versions of Suicide; 13. Posthumous Search; 14. A Paradox: Russian Black Bread in France; Appendix: A Brief Chronology of Pushkin's Crypto-Life; Selected Bibliography; Index.