A Feast in Time of Plague

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A Feast in Time of Plague (Pir vo vremya chumy Russian: Пир во время чумы ) is an 1830 play by Aleksandr Pushkin. The plot concerns a banquet in which the central figure taunts death with a toast "And so, O Plague, we hail thy reign!". The story is based on Act 1 of John Wilson's play "The City of Plague".

The play was published in 1830 as one of four Little Tragedies (Malenkie tragedii Russian: Маленькие трагедии) together with The Stone Guest (Kamenny gost Russian: Каменный гость); Mozart and Salieri (Motsart i Salyeri Russian: Моцарт и Сальери) and The Miserly Knight (Skupoy rytsar Russian: Скупой рыцарь). All four of these plays were set as one act operas by Russian composers; Dargomyzhsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, and for the Feast, Cesar Cui.


  • Pushkin, Alexander, and Alexander Werth. “A Feast in the City of the Plague.” The Slavonic Review, vol. 6, no. 16, 1927, pp. 178–184. www.jstor.org/stable/4202146.
  • NIKOLAEV, Nikolay I.; SHVECOVA, Tatyana V.. “A Feast in Time of Plague” by A.S. Pushkin in the Context of Russian and European Literary Traditions. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 5 S3, p. 271, sep. 2015. ISSN 2039-2117. Available at: <http://www.mcser.org/journal/index.php/mjss/article/view/7773>. Date accessed: 09 Dec. 2016.