IN THE REVIEW

Pushkin, or the Real and the Plausible

Two great poets of two nations—Pushkin and Leopardi—died 150 years ago, each scarcely older than his century. As multiple coincidence would have it, these lines of introduction to a piece Vladimir Nabokov wrote about Pushkin on the one hundredth anniversary of the Russian poet’s death are being drafted on an …

Tolstoy

A picture in a school anthology: an old man, barefoot. As I turned the page, unkindled still was my imagination. With Pushkin things are different: there’s the cloak, the cliff, the foaming surf…. The surname “Pushkin” grows over, ivylike, with poetry, and repetitiously the …