Pushkin restaurant proudly bears the name in honor of the great Russian writer Alexander Pushkin (May 26, 1799 – January 29, 1837) – Russian poet, play and prose writer, critic, literary theorist, historian, publicist who laid the foundations of the Russian realistic trend.
Pushkin was born in Moscow, published his first poem at the age of fifteen. By the time he finished school his talent was already widely recognized within the Russian literary scene
Pushkin’s father, Sergei Lvovich Pushkin was descended from a distinguished family of the Russian nobility that traced its ancestry back to the 12th century
His mother Nadezhda Ossipovna Gannibal was a granddaughter of Abram Hannibal, who was an African princeling kidnapped as a child then bought as a slave at Constantinople (Istanbul) and adopted by Peter the Great. Hanibal was raised in the Emperor’s court household and became a Russian nobleman, military engineer and general.
Pushkin laid out the foundation of modern Russian literature hence becoming one of the most authoritative figures in World’s arts. Not only is he seen as having originated the highly nuanced level of language which characterizes Russian literature after him, but he is also credited with substantially augmenting the Russian lexicon. He brought natural speech and foreign influences to create modern poetic Russian.
Pushkin folk tales and genre pieces inspired other authors: Leskov, Yesenin and Gorky. His use of Russian language formed the basis of the style of novelists Ivan Turgenev, Ivan Goncharov and Leo Tolstoy, as well as that of subsequent lyric poets such as Mikhail Lermontov. Pushkin was analysed by Nikolai Gogol, his successor and pupil.
Though his life was brief, he left examples of nearly every literary genre of his day.