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I know it’s not much of an exclusive, but I can reveal the new Archbishop of Birmingham’s favourite novel.

When I interviewed Bishop Bernard Longley earlier this year, he told me, somewhat reluctantly, that he was a big fan of Russian literature. Pressed to name his favourite author, he went for Alexander Pushkin.

He said he returned again and again to Pushkin’s celebrated novel in verse, Eugene Onegin. The bishop, who is an excellent singer, said one of the reasons he loved it was that it has inspired so many great adaptations, notably Tchaikovsky’s operatic version.

Photo: Eugene Onegin and Vladimir Lensky’s duel

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 1, 2009 at 12:06 pm

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