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The Captain's Daughter➼ The Captain's Daughter Download ➻ Author Alexander Pushkin – Essayreview.co.uk Pushkin s version of the historical novel in the style of Walter Scott, this final prose work also reflects his fascination with and research into Russian history of the th century During the reign of Pushkin s version of the historical novel in the style of Walter Scott, this final prose work also reflects his fascination with and research into Russian history of the th century During the reign of Catherine the Great, the young Grinev sets out for his new career in the army and en route performs an act of kindness by giving his warm coat to a man freezing in a blizzard This action reaps its reward when he subsequently finds himself caught up in the rebellion The Captain's PDF \ headed by the infamous, and strangely familiar, Pugachev Rivalry with a fellow officer for the affections of Captain Mironov s daughter further complicates Grinev s affairs, and ultimately it is only an appeal by Masha Mironova, the eponymous captain s daughter, to the Empress herself that can unravel a tangled web.


About the Author: Alexander Pushkin

See also Russian French Alexandre PouchkineNorwegian Aleksander PusjkinAlexander Sergeevich Pushkin was a Russian author who is considered to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature Pushkin pioneered the use of vernacular speech in his poems and plays, creating a style of storytelling mixing drama, romance, and satire associated with Russian literature ever since and greatly influencing later Russian writersBorn in Moscow, Pushkin published his first poem at the age of fifteen, and was widely recognized by the literary establishment by The Captain's PDF \ the time of his graduation from the Imperial Lyceum in Tsarskoe Selo Pushkin gradually became committed to social reform and emerged as a spokesman for literary radicals in the early s he clashed with the government, which sent him into exile in southern Russia While under the strict surveillance of government censors and unable to travel or publish at will, he wrote his most famous play, the drama Boris Godunov, but could not publish it until years later His novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, was published serially from to Pushkin and his wife Natalya Goncharova, whom he married in , later became regulars of court society In , while falling into greater and greater debt amidst rumors that his wife had started conducting a scandalous affair, Pushkin challenged her alleged lover, Georges d Anth s, to a duel Pushkin was mortally wounded and died two days laterBecause of his liberal political views and influence on generations of Russian rebels, Pushkin was portrayed by Bolsheviks as an opponent to bourgeois literature and culture and a predecessor of Soviet literature and poetry Tsarskoe Selo was renamed after him.


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  1. says:

    Something About Pushkin It s hard to say something about Pushkin to a person who doesn t know anything about him Pushkin is a great poet Napoleon is not as great as Pushkin Bismarck compared to Pushkin is a nobody And the Alexanders, First, Second and Third, are just little kids compared to Pushkin In fact, compared to Pushkin, all people are little kids, except Gogol Compared to him, Pushkin is a little kid And so, instead of writing about Pushkin, I would rather write about Gogol Al Something About Pushkin It s hard to say something about Pushkin to a person who doesn t know anything about him Pushkin is a great poet Napoleon is not as great as Pushkin Bismarck compared to Pushkin is a nobody And the Alexanders, First, Second and Third, are just little kids compared to Pushkin In fact, compared to Pushkin, all people are little kids, except Gogol Compared to him, Pushkin is a little kid And so, instead of writing about Pushkin, I would rather write about Gogol Although, Gogol is so great that not a thing can be written about him, so I ll write about Pushkin after all Yet, after Gogol, it s a shame to have to write about Pushkin But you can t write anything about Gogol So I d rather not write anything about anyoneDaniil Kharms, Today I Wrote Nothing The Selected Writings, 1936 No writer in the world, not even Shakespeare or Goethe, has ever beenvenerated in his homeland than Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, Russia s mythic national bard, proclaimed in unison by the Russians their all , their Genius, their divinity, the soul or spirit of Russia, and Art incarnate Even the Soviets acknowledged his unique and godlike status, exploiting the Pushkin cult during the height of the purges, mirroring Stalin s cult of personality At the 1937 Jubilee Pushkin was made a representative Soviet hero just has Dostoevsky in his famous speech has made him the ultimate Russian prophet in 1880, at the unveiling of the Pushkin monument in Moscow While one hero after another has toppled in Post Communist Russia, Pushkin has withstood all the vicissitudes of Russian regime changes, to emerge intact Growing sideburns in Russia, all the rage in the 19th Century, is nowadays still immediately associated with trying to imitate the poet Turningandto prose after 1830, Pushkin wrote the concise historical novel The Captain s Daughter, the only novel he finished, published two months before his tragic death in 1836 Unlike his poetry, Pushkin s prose didn t resonate much with the wider audience at the time Blending a style averse from prolixity or frippery, playing with literary conventions and genres, his prose didn t fit theconventional taste of his time But his prose deeply impressed the literati following in his footsteps Gogol, Turgenev, Chekhov, Gorky, Nabokov At the end of his life, Tolstoy preferred Pushkin the prosaist above Pushkin the poetThe main thing in him is the simplicity and terseness of the narrative there is never anything superfluous Pushkin is amazing because it is impossible to change a single word in his writings And not only is it impossible to take away a word, but it is impossible to add one The captain s daughter was Chekhov s favorite According to Gogol, Pushkin s friend and prot gin comparison with The Captain s daughter, all our novels and tales are like saccharine mush Purity and lack of artifice rise to such a high degree in it that reality itself seems artificial and a caricature next to it Dostoevsky praised the naturalness of his prose Dealing with the most important paroxysm of popular fury known in Russian history, the Soviets valued The Captain s Daughter for its realism and apparent class consciousness The obligated romance and quarrelling about Masha, the daughter of the officer mentioned in the title of the novel, occurslike a fairytale subplot, a vehicle to highlight two antagonist characters the narrator, the na ve and noble poet hero Pyotr Grinyov, and the archetypical disloyal villain, Shvabrin In fact, they look like anemic schoolboys compared to Puskhin s vivid portrayal of the real protagonist of the story, the Don Cossack Yemelyan Pugachev, the leader of the most widespread and serious popular revolt under Catherine the Great in the years 1773 1775 Pushkin put a lot of effort in his research on the resurrection, studying state archives and travelling to Orenburg to interview witnesses The bloodshed and savagery on both sides aren t sugarcoated Pushkin s nonchalant observations on tsarist mutilation punishments like nose cutting and the slaughtering and hanging of officers by the rebels left me shivering Unlike his image in official history, Pugachev himself however is not depicted as a monster Pushkin accredits him with human traits, painting vibrantly his boisterous bravura, casual cruelty and boasting vanity as well as his camaraderie, magnanimity and simple generosity Unless his latent sympathy for his fictitious Pugachev, Pushkin, the nobleman of six hundred year old lineage , clearly rejects the insurrection God save us from seeing a Russian revolt, senseless and merciless Those who plot impossible upheavals among us, are either young and do not know our people, or are hard hearted men who do not care a straw either about their own lives or those of others.Having a soft spot for the Russian classics ever since my youth, I was enchanted when reading Pushkin s verse novel Eugene Onegin years ago and mesmerized by the eponymous opera by Tchaikovsky The Captain s Daughter is the kind of novel I turn to when longing for homecoming, for charm, equivalent to a beam of sunlight, a treat I loved the dynamic vitality of the language, the compelling and powerful story, the playfulness, and was intrigued by the picaresque complexity of Pugachev s personality and this part of Russian history Thank you so much, Florencia, for reminding me of this gem

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    Kapitanskaya dochka The Captain s Daughter, Alexander PushkinThe Captain s Daughter is an historical novel by the Russian writer Alexander Pushkin It was first published in 1836 in the fourth issue of the literary journal Sovremennik The novel is a romanticized account of Pugachev s Rebellion in 1773 1774 Pyotr Andreyich Grinyov is the only surviving child of a retired army officer When Pyotr turns 17, his father sends him into military service in Orenburg En route Pyo Kapitanskaya dochka The Captain s Daughter, Alexander PushkinThe Captain s Daughter is an historical novel by the Russian writer Alexander Pushkin It was first published in 1836 in the fourth issue of the literary journal Sovremennik The novel is a romanticized account of Pugachev s Rebellion in 1773 1774 Pyotr Andreyich Grinyov is the only surviving child of a retired army officer When Pyotr turns 17, his father sends him into military service in Orenburg En route Pyotr gets lost in a blizzard, but is rescued by a mysterious man As a token of his gratitude, Pyotr gives the guide his hareskin coat.Arriving in Orenburg, Pyotr reports to his commanding officer and is assigned to serve at Fort Belogorsky under captain Ivan Mironov The fort is littlethan a fence around a village, and the captain s wife Vasilisa is really in charge Pyotr befriends his fellow officer Shvabrin, who has been banished here after a duel resulted in the death of his opponent When Pyotr dines with the Mironov family, he meets their daughter Masha and falls in love with her This causes a rift between Pyotr and Shvabrin, who has been turned down by Masha When Shvabrin insults Masha s honor, Pyotr and Shvabrin duel and Pyotr is injured Pyotr asks his father s consent to marry Masha, but is refused 1972 1310 1341 172 1369 148 1379 9645673759 19 1329 16 126 1357 1363 176 1365 1368 1369 1362 420 1310 1363 1369

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    I am familiar with Pushkin s writing And whereas I prefer Pushkin the Poet, I can say with absolute certainty that, in fact, I enjoyed this novella but for other somewhat unexpected reasons I found the plot so enthralling that I could not put this book down Historical facts and pure fiction are interwoven as a single reality which eventually prompted me to readabout Russian history in order to comprehend the political and social background and Pushkin s points of view on them.The contex I am familiar with Pushkin s writing And whereas I prefer Pushkin the Poet, I can say with absolute certainty that, in fact, I enjoyed this novella but for other somewhat unexpected reasons I found the plot so enthralling that I could not put this book down Historical facts and pure fiction are interwoven as a single reality which eventually prompted me to readabout Russian history in order to comprehend the political and social background and Pushkin s points of view on them.The context of this story revolves around the rebellion led by Yemelyan Ivanovich Pugachev, a man who claimed to be Tsar Peter III and consequently established an alternative government during 1773 and 1775 actually, until late 1774, Pugachev was executed in January 1775 well, if you come up with the smart idea of impersonating an emperor, sparking off one of the largest peasant revolts in the history of your country, expect no colorful parade in your honor I will abstain from revealing much details my Anna Karenina review is reaching astronomical proportions and I think that s going to be painful enough I wouldn t want to put the entire world to sleep that would be awkward, and terribly exhausting, but it may happen , so in the spirit of a quick review I must say that the characters have been decently developed I felt some sort of ambivalence towards them and some are, to put it mildly, despicable and exemplify the recurrent thought that almost nothing is done altruistically The writing seems to befocused on the description of events rather than the characters psyche, something that gave me Iceberg City flashbacks But the lyrical tone that defines Pushkin s style was still present.The main character is Pyotr Andreyich Grinyov, a young man whose father sends him into military service with his old servant because, according to him, it is time he starts acting like a man and hard work is the way to accomplish that.A blizzard, a chance meeting, a woman, obviously a duel, naturally, and a great opportunity to dive into Pushkin s writing and Russian history.Mar 21, 16 Also on my blog

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    The short novel The Captain s Daughter 1836 is the last of Pushkin s great achievements he published it in his thirty seventh year, months before the duel that led to his death.The proof of its genius is that, although it often seems to be many books at once a near parody of a naive young officer s memoir, a realistic depiction of a godforsaken military backwater, an accurate historical novelization of an often brutal Russian rebellion, an unabashedly romantic tale in which the hero rescues h The short novel The Captain s Daughter 1836 is the last of Pushkin s great achievements he published it in his thirty seventh year, months before the duel that led to his death.The proof of its genius is that, although it often seems to be many books at once a near parody of a naive young officer s memoir, a realistic depiction of a godforsaken military backwater, an accurate historical novelization of an often brutal Russian rebellion, an unabashedly romantic tale in which the hero rescues his eponymous heroine, a surprising fairy tale with a denouement in which the captain s daughter s returns the favor it also never ceases to be one resplendent unity a sincere homage to the works of Sir Walter Scott but a criticism of him too, refining the scotsman s themes and concentrating his effects with adisciplined, though still romantic, style As such, it resembles Hugo s historical meditation Notre Dame de Paris 1831 and foreshadows the swashbuckling Dumas novels to come.Here, to give you a taste of Pushkin s realism and humor, is our hero s account of his arrival at the isolated border fort where most of the story takes placeIs it far from here to the fort I asked the driver Why, you can see it from here, replied he.I began looking all round, expecting to see high bastions, a wall, and a ditch I saw nothing but a little village, surrounded by a wooden palisade On one side three or four haystacks, half covered with snow on another a tumble down windmill, whose sails, made of coarse limetree bark, hung idly down But where is the fort I asked, in surprise There it is yonder, to be sure, rejoined the driver, pointing out to me the village which we had just reached.I noticed near the gateway an old iron cannon The streets were narrow and crooked, nearly all the cottages were thatched I ordered him to take me to the Commandant, and almost directly my wagon stopped before a wooden house, built on a knoll near the church, which was also in wood.No one came to meet me From the steps I entered the ante room. I looked out of the narrow window I saw stretching out before me a bare and dull steppe on one side there stood some huts Some fowls were wandering down the street An old woman, standing on a doorstep, holding in her hand a trough, was calling to some pigs, the pigs replying by amicable grunts.And it was in such a country as this I was condemned to pass my youth

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    Listen, said Pugachev with a sort of wild inspiration I ll tell you a tale that I heard as a child from an old Kalmyk woman Once an eagle asked a raven Tell me, raven bird, why do you live three hundred years in the wide world, and I all in all thirty three Because, my dear friend, the raven answered him, you drink living blood, while I feed on dead meat The eagle thought Let s us try feeding on the same Good So the eagle and the raven flew off They saw a dead horse they fleListen, said Pugachev with a sort of wild inspiration I ll tell you a tale that I heard as a child from an old Kalmyk woman Once an eagle asked a raven Tell me, raven bird, why do you live three hundred years in the wide world, and I all in all thirty three Because, my dear friend, the raven answered him, you drink living blood, while I feed on dead meat The eagle thought Let s us try feeding on the same Good So the eagle and the raven flew off They saw a dead horse they flew down and alighted The raven started pecking and praising The eagle pecked once, pecked twice, waved his wing, and said to the raven No, brother raven, rather than feed on carrion for three hundred years, it s better to drink the living blood once, and then take what God sends How s that for a Kalmyk tale Ingenius, I replied But to live by murder and robbery for me means to peck at dead meat Pugachev looked at me in surprise and made no reply We both fell silent, each immersed in his own reflections The Tartar struck up a mournful song Savelych, dozing, swayed on the box The kibitka flew down the smooth winter roadPushkin considers certain traits of human behavior in The Captain s Daughter While I was anticipating love to be the central trait in a novella about devotion during a time of rebellion, it was not What Pushkin is pushing at, what he is exploring, in my opinion, is mercy This theme underlies the entire story, and it is endlessly interesting how the author does so I will not spoil how that would take all the fun out of it But, The Captain s Daughter made me think of how mercy is a quality that may not come easily It takes much to forgive, especially if the offense taken is grievous And if the power to condemn rests on us alone is it easier to give way to punishment, or to mercy Any granting of mercy would not be possible without truth this is how Pushkin truly exerts himself and asks us can we count on each other, sinful and repentant, for forgiveness and kindness Nevertheless, if I am incoherent in my thoughts, it is a byproduct of writing this review at 2 30 AM after feeding my teething son And as a poor, tired father, I beg you, the reader, for mercy

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    The Captain s Daughter, Pushkin s novella ostensibly about young lovers caught up in Pugachev s peasant Cossack revolt against Catherine the Great, bored me to tears in college but I wanted to reacquaint myself with it in order to read Pushkin and Pugachev, Marina Tsvetaeva s critical essay, and companion to her astounding memoir My Pushkin Now, that may be putting the critical cart before the creative horse, but Tsvetaeva is a great poet, too, and criticism a poor word for her ecstatic The Captain s Daughter, Pushkin s novella ostensibly about young lovers caught up in Pugachev s peasant Cossack revolt against Catherine the Great, bored me to tears in college but I wanted to reacquaint myself with it in order to read Pushkin and Pugachev, Marina Tsvetaeva s critical essay, and companion to her astounding memoir My Pushkin Now, that may be putting the critical cart before the creative horse, but Tsvetaeva is a great poet, too, and criticism a poor word for her ecstatic communion with Pushkin, for the hallucinatory intensity of imagery that even in translation made me slightly dizzy Joseph Brodsky said that while Tsvetaeva may have written prose, she never stooped to the prosaic I nodded vigorously when Tsvetaeva declared that, for her, The Captain s Daughter has no captain, and he has no daughter nodded not because I have the same measure of exalted contempt for the conventional romance and sitcom like spousal comedy that frames or distracts from what she sees as the prophetic demonism, the sacred spell, of Pushkin s Pugachev Oh, how thoroughly is that classical book magical How thoroughly hypnotic for Pugachev, all of him, in spite of our reason and conscience, is forced upon us by Pushkin breathed into us we don t want to, but we see him we don t want to, but we love him , so much is that book like sleep, like dreaming All Grinyov s encounters with Pugachev are from that same region of his dream about the killing and loving peasant A dream prolonged and brought to life It is because of that, perhaps, that we do give ourselves over to Pugachev, because it is a dream, that is, we are in the complete captivity and complete freedom of a dream The commandant, Vasilisa Egorovna, Shvabrin, Catherine all that is bright day and we, reading, remain of sane mind and memory But as soon as Pugachev enters the scene all that is over it is black night Not the heroic commandant, nor Vasilisa Egorovna who loves him, nor Grinyov s love affair no one and nothing can over come in us Pugachev Pushkin has brought Pugachev on us the way you bring on sleep, a fever, a spell but simply because conventional romance and sitcom like spousal comedy are boring, while a Russian rebellion, senseless and merciless, is exciting That s how prosaic I am mystic lucubration on Russia s Destiny is less important to me The first half of the novella, in which the young officer Grinyov falls in love with Masha, the eponymous daughter, fights a duel with her former suitor, and eludes the counsels of his manservant, a C 3PO of fretful prudence, is the snooze I remember but once the revolt starts oh yeah One minute you re experiencing the genial torpor of garrison life, listening to the captain and his wife bicker around the hearth and thinking, man, Gogol does this so much better and the next, villages are on fire, prisoners swing from gibbets, and you re cowering at the boots of a rebel chieftain Pugachev gave a sign and I was instantly untied and set free Our father has pardoned you, they said In one very powerful scene, Grinyov s superiors at Fort Belogorsk capture a Bashkir they think is spying for Pugachev They start to torture him for information, but stop, chastened, when they realize that the man had his tongue cut out as punishment for participation in a previous uprising It s plain to see you re an old wolf who s been in our traps Readying myself for Tsvetaeva I should have also read Pushkin s The History of the Pugachev Revolt, the history he wrote a few years before The Captain s Daughter, as historiographer to the Czar, with a key to the Imperial archives The contrast of Pushkin s two Pugachevs the historical personage and the fictional symbol the low killer in the documents and the complex, great hearted bandit in the fable inspires Tsvetaeva s usual brilliant reflections on documentary versus imaginative truth, poetic rightness versus accuracy She knows that our need of mythic symmetry is as true, as undeniable and inevitable, as life s inchoate squalor And I really respond to her obsession with the potency of symbols and fairy tales The Captain s Daughter was considered a childrens book, at least in Tsvetaeva s girlhood, and she first read it at age 7 The Pugachev of The Captain s Daughter is a source of sublime or childish terror, fearsome but incapable of inflicting suffering In The Captain s Daughter Pushkin the historiographer is vanquished by Pushkin the poet, and the last word about Pugachev in us remains forever with the poet.Pushkin showed us the Pugachev of the Pugachev Revolt, he infused us with Pugachev of The Captain s Daughter And no matter how much we may have studied, no matter how often we may have re read The History of the Pugachev Revolt, as soon as the unknown thing looms black in the snowstorm of The Captain s Daughter we forget everything, all our bad experiences with Pugachev and with history, exactly the same as in love all our bad experiences with love.For the spell is older than experience For the tale is older than the record Older in the life of the earth s sphere and older too in the life of a human being the infallible feeling of the poet for well allright, maybe not what was, but what might have been What ought to have been It can be said that The Captain s Daughter was being written within him simultaneously with The History of the Pugachev Revolt, was co written with it, that it grew out of every line of the latter, outgrew every line, was being written above the page, formed an order above it, an order, a structure in itself, freely and lawfully, as a living refutation created here by the poet s hand of the untruth of the facts the work wrote itself A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low facts Tsvetaeva reworks T.S Eliot s line mankind cannot bear much reality as if to say Russians cannot bear a Pugachev who tears out peoples eyeballs or shoots children The fate of Kamitsky strangled and thrown into the Volga is the potential fate of Grinyov himself here is what would have happened to Grinyov if he had met up with Pugachev not in the pages of The Captain s Daughter, but in the pages of The History of the Pugachev Revolt

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    Finally, Pushkin I amandconvinced that Russian literature is where it s at I will continue to explore the wonders that have come from that mystical region that, upon my word, one day I shall visit Anyhow, I ve been meaning to get my hands into some Pushkin for a while, but I was never lucky in terms of finding any books by him around where I live Yesterday I came across a street vendor who had this gem to sell, and I jumped at the opportunity Today I devoured this beautiful novel Finally, Pushkin I amandconvinced that Russian literature is where it s at I will continue to explore the wonders that have come from that mystical region that, upon my word, one day I shall visit Anyhow, I ve been meaning to get my hands into some Pushkin for a while, but I was never lucky in terms of finding any books by him around where I live Yesterday I came across a street vendor who had this gem to sell, and I jumped at the opportunity Today I devoured this beautiful novella in one sitting It was totally engrossing from start to finish, and I found it both extremely valuable in terms of the language and style employed, in the main storyline concerning two lovers overcoming many obstacles to be together and the backdrop of Pugachev s Rebellion under Catherine the Great s rule in the X VIII century It is written in a way in which neither storyline becomes too overbearing and there is a perfect balance between the anecdotal and the historical writing Plus, the ending is wonderfully satisfying The lack of fifth star is just because it felt too easy, breezy at times and I like my 5 starers with a littlesubstance.Pushkin, you did not disappoint I m looking forward to our next encounter

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    Pushkin Period.It all resides in the lack thereof.As Sinyavsky perfectly noted Emptiness is Pushkin s content Without it he would not be full, he would not be, just as there is no fire without air, no breathing in without breathing out.

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    Effortlessly readable, a masterstroke in storytelling, The Captain s Daughter is a great work by Pushkin.It s a love story surrounding historical events from Russia No need to say anything about the author who is already praised by many for his phenomenal work especially his literary descendants like Destovesky and Tolstoy who are immensely influenced by him.In this novel, the protagonist is a simple yet straight forward young man, sent by his father for Army training wherein he falls in love Effortlessly readable, a masterstroke in storytelling, The Captain s Daughter is a great work by Pushkin.It s a love story surrounding historical events from Russia No need to say anything about the author who is already praised by many for his phenomenal work especially his literary descendants like Destovesky and Tolstoy who are immensely influenced by him.In this novel, the protagonist is a simple yet straight forward young man, sent by his father for Army training wherein he falls in love with his Captain s Daughter Major part of the story revolves around the events to win his love Will he get her or not is the thrill of the second half of this novel.Generally, person on the opposite fence is the enemy, however the book challenges this enemy theory.A well crafted story with an appropriate dose of humour is what makes the novel a really great piece of work

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    Pushkin is my Elvis This is an adventure story at heart but written with the style and quality you d expect from Pushkin An interesting thing about the edition I have is that it s a 1960s Soviet Union copy so it has footnotes explaining why any passages that seem polite about royalty are actually not the real views of the author and must be guarded against.

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