“Eugene Onegin: an encyclopedia of Russian life”
Alexander Pushkin is a Russian Shakespeare, a founder of the modern Russian language. His poem “Eugene Onegin” portrays the life of a dandy in imperial St Petersburg in its golden days with the precision of a photographer.
If you want to feel the vibe of the aristocratic capital of early 19th century, when “not a single gun could fire in Europe without the permission of the Russian tsar”, there is no better chance than to take a pleasant stroll along the Nevsky Prospect, as Eugene Onegin does in Pushkin’s poem.
Citizen! Understand your own city, and you will understand your own social environment, and yourself