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Pushkin the Radical: The Dystopian Vision of his Masterpiece, The Bronze Horseman

14 March, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Like many of his contemporaries, Pushkin’s attitude to Tsarism was ambivalent. As he saw it, those periods of Russian history which had seen the most progress had been achieved at the initiative of individual rulers – but often at a heavy cost. Perhaps the most outstanding example of this had been the reign of Peter the Great. Regarded as the ‘miracle-working’ Tsar, he had defeated the Swedish Empire and, against all the odds, founded the entirely new city of St Petersburg on the remote and inhospitable banks of the River Neva. Peter’s determination to open up a ‘Window on the West’ had, however, only been achieved at the expense of thousands of lives and his new capital had been built in a place which was liable to catastrophic flooding when winter storms blew in from the Baltic. Both Peter’s great achievements and the dire consequences of his actions provide the setting for what many regard and Pushkin’s greatest masterpiece, The Bronze Horseman. 


Pushkin House
020 7269 9770


Underground / National Rail Station
19, 38, 55, 98


Pushkin House
5A Bloomsbury Square
London, WC1A 2TA United Kingdom
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