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When doing the tasks for a literary birthday Challenge I am participating in, I try each month to pick authors I have never read. For June my choice was Alexander Pushkin, and I selected three titles of his, the first being Boris Godunov.

I wanted to read a bit about Pushkin himself before starting so I visited wiki and while there read a separate link about this play which gave a short outline of the main details leading up to Boris becoming Tsar in the late 1500's and what went on after that. I am embarrassed to admit I had not known that Boris Godunov had been a real person.

This is a play with only 25 short scenes, but a lot happens throughout. Court intrigue, mysterious deaths, battles, romance, treachery and murder. But was Boris really guilty of causing the death of Ivan the Terrible's youngest but illegitimate son? According to the wiki article, his guilt was never established in real life but Pushkin chose to believe Boris was guilty, in order to add more drama to the play. He also
modeled this work on Shakespeare's Henry IV, which of course I will want to read soon so I can compare the two while Boris is still fresh in my mind.

I liked the play; it flowed smoothly from scene to scene, and I was so caught up in the action I found myself holding my breath in more than one spot. This is another work that has shown me that Russian history and literature is not always as intimidating as I have thought. I am looking forward to exploring Russia more thoroughly, and will start with two more works by Pushkin. Pushkin was a great poet, but, on the evidence of this work, not a great playwright. The work, based on Shakepeare's Macbeth, suffers in comparison. While it is eminently readable, and wellconstructed, it lacks variation. Shakespeare knew the value of breaking the narrative with interludes, whether sinister (the witches in Macbeth) or humorous, as in the case of Falstaff's various appearances in his historical plays. In contrast, Pushkin doggedly pursues the narrative. Oh well, we can't ALL be Shakespeare ... Update 13/5/19

Still really like this play!

Update 4/2/19

After rereading it to compare it with Cinna by Corneille, Richard III by Shakespeare and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertold Brecht, I liked it even more. (and made some great parallels!)

Clearly, this play shows a vicious circle of corruption which pollutes the power of Russia and its tsars. The Russian people is depicted as credulous, and wanting vengeance for Dimitri's death; for them, Boris will always be tainted by the blood of the child he murdered. But, when, finally, (view spoiler)