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The Queen of Spades and Other Stories (Classics) (original 1836; edition 1978)

by Alexander Pushkin, Rosemary Edmonds (Translator)

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Title:The Queen of Spades and Other Stories (Classics)
Authors:Alexander Pushkin
Other authors:Rosemary Edmonds (Translator)
Info:Penguin Classics (1978), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 320 pages
Collections:Your library, To read
Tags:fiction, russian fiction, short stories, UFIE, bought in 2012

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The Queen of Spades; The Moor of Peter the Great; Dubrovsky; The Captain's Daughter by Alexander Pushkin (1836)



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Slender collection of a few of Pushkin's better known stories, at least two of which (The Queen of Spades and The Shot) are often anthologized. The translations are good (circa 1912), although I wonder how a modern translation might differ. The important thing is the stories, and these are always interesting, although the twist in The Queen of Spades loses impact on repeated readings. Some stories (An Amateur Peasant Girl) are just pure delight. Others (The Coffin Maker, The Postmaster, The Snowstorm, The Shot) are not quite so well tied-up and perhaps more Russian(?) It's hard to say--but Pushkin is quite a writer and these are well worth reading for any short story fan. You'll remember some of these characters for a while. ( )
  datrappert | Nov 10, 2015 |
Taking nothing away from Pushkin's fame as a founder of the Russian voice in literature, these "romances" of the era just aren't my thing. Also, two of the four stories here - not just one, as mentioned in the introduction - were left unfinished. The Queen of Spades is a good short story for its time. Too bad Pushkin was on such a short leash with the Czar and his coterie. Highly censored and could never really blossom. ( )
  JamesMScott | May 15, 2015 |
I enjoyed these stories, with Dubrovsky being my favorite. ( )
  crmass | Jul 5, 2010 |
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On avait joué aux cartes chez le chevalier-garde Naroumov.
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This Work collects Alexander Pushkin's stories:

"The Queen of Spades,"
"The Negro of Peter the Great,"
"Dubrovsky," and
"The Captain's Daughter."

Please distinguish between this collection and similarly-named collections having differing contents. Thank you.
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Six masterpieces of the genre include title story plus "An Amateur Peasant Girl," "The Shot," "The Snowstorm," "The Postmaster," and "The Coffin-Maker — all fascinating portraits of life in Tsarist Russia by one of that country's greatest poets and most influential writers.

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The story of a gambler who tries to learn a secret for winning at cards, but loses everything.

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