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The hero of the work, Alexander Pushkin, presents in an encapsulated form his various sexual relations,
his complex thoughts on life, the nature of sin, love, and creativity, as well as the complicated path that
led him to his tragic end.
The Secret Journal has incited and continues to incite the most contradictory responses.
Now published in 25 countries, The Secret Journal deserves to be placed among the most scandalous works of Russian literature.
In spite of the international success of Pushkin’s Secret Journal lasting now a quarter century,
no major U.S. publisher has dared to publish it.
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BILINGUAL PUSHKIN's SECRET JOURNAL
A. S. Pushkin Secret Journal 1836-1837 / Tainiye Zapiski,
1836-1837 A. S. Pushkina:
Bilingual Edition, English-Russian (Hardcover): Retro Publishing, MA, 2006; 384 p.
USA - ISBN 0-9773864-0-6 $28.99
Russia - ISBN 5-94855-042-7
This is the first bilingual English-Russian edition of The Secret
It is intended not only for scholars of Russian language and literature, but also for English-speakers studying Russian, as well as Russian-speakers studying English. In the Russian text stressed syllables are indicated to facilitate reading.
Read TRANSLATION OF THE PREFACE BY OLGA VOZDVIZHENSKAYA
THE GREAT DISCOVERY
IN 19th CENTURY
The famous Russian poet and writer Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837),
fatally wounded in a duel by his brother-in-law and rival, left a secret, ciphered
journal, which was recently discovered and smuggled out of the USSR. There has
been a lot of 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legend, Pushkin's will stipulated that the journal not be published until 100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
The Journal does exist and consists of explicit confessions about intimate relationships that Pushkin had with his wife, her two sisters, and other women, which brought him to his tragic end. These astonishing events and reflections reveal an unknown details of Pushkin's life - the life of a nineteenth century Russian Don Juan.
Soviet reaction to the Secret Journal was outrageous: major Soviet magazines (Ogonek, Voprosi Literaturi, Literaturnaya Gazeta, Pravda and many others) published screaming articles denouncing and threatening Mikhail Armalinsky for smuggling the manuscript out of the Soviet Union and publishing it in the United States.
This is what was said about the English edition of the Secret Journal:
"... it is one of the most curious documents I've seen for a while; it's certainly most interesting."
Patrick J. Kearney, the author of A History of Erotic Literature
"It is a genuine work of art..."
Ralph Ginzburg, the Editor and Publisher of EROS
"... a very interesting piece of literature."
Dr. Albert Ellis, the author of The Art and Science of Love.
"... it is sure to become a classical piece of erotica."
Robert H. Rimmer, the author of The Harrad Experiment.
The Secret Journal has grabbed attention of the legendary French publisher of erotic literature Jean-Jacques Pauvert who published collection of complete works by Marquis de Sade, Story of O and other controversial books. Being the advisor to the famous Parisian publishing house Les Belles Lettres, Jean-Jacques Pauvert brought there the Secret Journal. At that time Les Belles Lettres started new publishing house SORTILÉGES EDITIONS to explore fields of surrealism, strange, bizarre and eroticism. In 1994 it published the French edition of the Secret Journal.
For Russian Response to the Secret Journal see Parapushkinistika by David Bayevsky.
In November 1991 Dr. Yuri Linnik of Petrozavodsk dared to produce on Petrozavodsk TV a favorable program devoted to the Secret Journal and Mikhail Armalinsky. It was shown twice.
On Russian national TV network Rossiya on April 29, 1994 there was a story on the Secret Journal in the program titled Publicist. A certain journalist was holding a copy of the book and was comparing it to Marquis de Sade Philosophy in the Bedroom . He was calling it a blasphemy. In total range he threw the book on the floor and at this moment the program ended.
Even in torn by war the former Yugoslavia, on May 6, 1994, in Zagreb there was a Radio Program devoted to the Secret Journal. Excerpts were read in Croatian.
The Secret Journal has been published in:
Russian, 1986, seventh printing, M.I.P. Company, Minneapolis, ISBN 0-916201-02-3
2001, Ladomir, Moscow, ISBN 5-86218-380-9
2004, RETRO, St. Petersburg, ISBN 5-94855-026-5
2005, RETRO, St. Petersburg, ISBN 5-94855-035-4
2006, bilingual Russsian-English edition RETRO, St. Petersburg, ISBN 0-9773864-0-6
English, 1986, 2011 M.I.P. Company, Minneapolis, ISBN 9780916201289; excerpts published in Penthouse Forum, February, 1991, New York.
Italian, 1991, Lucarini Editore, Roma, ISBN 88-7033-513-5; excerpts published in L'Espresso, No. 43, 1991, Rome.
German, 1992, Eichborn Verlag, Frankfurt, ISBN 3-8218-0358-4; excerpts published in Penthouse, September, 1992, Munich.
French, 1994, Edition Les Belles Lettres (Sortiliges Edition), Paris, ISBN 2-251-49103-1; excerpts published in Penthouse, September, 1994, Paris.
2011 Belfond, Paris ISBN 978-2-7144-4858-3
Greek, 1995, Kastaniotis Editions, Athens, ISBN 960-03-0623-0.
Dutch, 1996, Element Uitgevers, The Netherlands, ISBN 90-5689-019-0.
Icelandic, 1996, Reykholt, Iceland, ISBN 9979-836-22-9.
Spanish, 1997, EDAMEX, Mexico, ISBN 968-409-930-4.
2011 Funambulista, Madrid
Korean, 1997, Jakkajungsin Publishing, in Seoul, ISBN 89-7288-056-6.
Ukrainian excerpts published in Kiev, Lel Review, 1995, #5, pp. 26-30.
Latvian, 1997, Klasika, in Riga, ISBN 9984-577-25-2.
Czech, 1998, Magma Publishing, Prague,
Special Cats (Special Sex0, May - October issues
2001, Prague, Concordia,Tajny zapisky z let 1836-1837; ISBN 80-85997-08-8
Portugese, 1998, Difel S.A., Portugal, ISBN 972-29-0434-5
Taiwan, Unitas, ISBN 957-522-211-3.
Excerpts published in Unitas Literary Monthly, 1999, issue 3/173
China, Shanghai, Zhu Hai Publishing House; ISBN 7-80607-566-6
Slovenian, 2000, Zalozba
Obzorja, Slovenia, ISBN 961-230-124-7|
2005, Delo, ISBN 961-6332-69-4
Lithuanian, 2000, A.S. Narbuto Leidykla, Lithuania, ISBN 9986-552-14-1
Albanian, 2000, Fan Noli, Tirana, Albania
Civiyazilari Yay Turkey, Istanbul, ISBN 975-8086-87-9
Papirus Yayin, Turkey, Istanbul, ISBN 975-6999-86-1
Belgrade, ISBN 86-74-94-027-7
Bulgarian, 2002, KIBEA, Sofia. ISBN 954-474-312-X
Hungarian, 2003, Toth Konyvkereskedes es Kiado Kft., Debrecen. ISBN 963596054-9
Hustler Magazine, May 2001 - Septemer, 2003, Bucharest.
2006, All Group Publishers, Bucharest. Insemnarile de taina ale lui A. S. Puskin; ISBN 973-724-023-5
The Secret Journal became a part of American culture and was included in the Covert Culture Sourcebook 2.0 by Richard Kadrey, St. Martin Press, New York, 1994.
In 2006 Secret Journal was staged in Paris at Theatre du Marais.
Secret Journal is included in Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature by Gaétan Brulotte, John Phillips
Published by CRC Press, 2006
ISBN 1579584411, 9781579584412