THE ERITREAN ANCESTRY OF
ALEXANDER PUSHKIN (1799-1837)
Solomon Ghebre-Ghiorghis (M.A., Ph.D.)
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Asmara
1. Significance of Alexander Pushkin
One of the most illustrious figures in the history of world literature and general culture has been Alexander S. Pushkin (1799-1837), the Russian poet, publisher and revolutionary. Some people Shakespeare is to English literature. However, clearly, Pushkin is more than that: he is widely acclaimed
as the founder of modern Russian literature: the literature of Lermontove and Gogol Turgenev and Nekrasov, Dosteyevskynand tolstoy, Chekov and Gorky (Levrin, 1947, pp. 1-9; Gorodetsky, 1957, p. 266). Besides his literary merit, Pushkin also had a remarkable personae of wit, integrity and courage (Gorbachev, 1999, p.v). He stressed his African identity* and was the lover of some of the most beautiful women of his time (Feinstein, 1998, p. 11-21). His short life ended in a manner which was in no way less dramatic than stories told in Greek or Shakespearean tragedies (Serena, 1995).