Secret Journal 1836-1837 - Alexander Pushkin

Secret Journal 1836-1837

By Alexander Pushkin

  • Release Date: 1986-06-15
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs


This most controversial book in Russian literature has been published in 24 countries. First published by M.I.P. in 1986 in the USA, Pushkin's Secret Journal was banned in Russia for many years and was finally published in Moscow in 2001 what created lasting scandal. When the famous Russian poet and writer Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) was fatally wounded in a duel by his brother-in-law and rival, he left a secret, ciphered journal, which was discovered and smuggled out of the USSR in 1976 by the Russian author Mikhail Armalinsky. There has been much speculation and mystery surrounding this journal. According to legend, Pushkin's will stipulated that the journal not be published until 100 years after his death. Some people claimed that the Journal never existed at all. But the Journal does exist and consists of explicit confessions about Pushkin’s intimate relationships with his wife, her two sisters, and other women, which ultimately led to his tragic end. These astonishing events and reflections reveal many previously unknown details of Pushkin's life — the life of a nineteenth-century Russian Don Juan.