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Alexander Griboyedov (1795-1829) was not simply a great poet and playright, but also a composer and a diplomat. His Woe From Wit is widely recognized as one of the greatest works of Russian literature. Unfortunately, he died rather young, while serving as Russia’s ambassador to Persia, when an angry mob sacked the embassy and killed all the staff.
Chtenia:Spring 2017 In Griboyedov’s classic satire on Russian high society, Sophia is in love with Molchalin – a dull
collegiate assessor who she is unaware is attempting to seduce her maid Liza (as is Sophia’s
father). Enter Chatsky, recently returned from travels, to attempt to win Sophia’s heart. Excerpted from the forthcoming full bilingual edition by Russian Life books. Author: Alexander Griboyedov Translator:Bernard Pares