Alexander Pushkin's epic magic-realist tale is brought vividly to
life in this superb translation by D. M. Thomas. Drawing on the
Russian folklore of Pushkin's childhood, the poem recounts the
abduction of Princess Ludmila by the evil wizard Chernomor and the
attempt by the brave knight Ruslan to rescue his bride. Ruslan must
embark on a perilous quest, encountering an intriguing cast of
characters - including a hermit, a witch and a pugnacious floating
head - before he can be reunited with his love. Ruslan and Ludmila
is a vibrantly colourful blend of traditional chivalry, outrageous
humour and exciting escapades: a gorgeous display of the poet's
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