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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • The Queen of Spades and Other Stories
  • Alexander Pushkin
  • English
  • 22 January 2018
  • 0192839543

The Queen of Spades and Other Stories[BOOKS] ✭ The Queen of Spades and Other Stories By Alexander Pushkin – Essayreview.co.uk This volume contains new translations of four of Pushkin s best works of fiction The Queen of Spades has long been acknowledged as one of the world s greatest short stories, in which Pushkin explores This volume contains new of Spades Epub ß translations of four of Pushkin s best works of fiction The Queen of Spades has long been acknowledged as one of the world s greatest short stories, in which Pushkin explores the nature of obsession The Tales of Belkin are witty parodies of sentimentalism, while Peter the Great s Blackamoor is an early experiment with recreating the past The Captain s Daughter is a novel length masterpiece which combines historical fiction in the manner of Sir Walter Scott with the devices of the Russian fairy tale The Introduction The Queen Epub / provides close readings of the stories and places them in their European literary context.


About the Author: Alexander Pushkin

See also Russian French of Spades Epub ß 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 time of his graduation from the The Queen Epub / 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 Queen of Spades PDF/EPUB ã , 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.


10 thoughts on “The Queen of Spades and Other Stories

  1. says:

    In the final story of this collection, there s an episode in which a male character makes good use of the last shot in a round of ammunition In the same tale, a female character makes very good use of the only ammunition she possesses her ability to recount a story Yes, the Captain s daughter, of the story of the same name, succeeds in telling her version of the 1775 Pugachev rebellion to the empress regent, Catherine the Great, with such powerful effect that she succeeds in clearing the name In the final story of this collection, there s an episode in which a male character makes good use of the last shot in a round of ammunition In the same tale, a female character makes very good use of the only ammunition she possesses her ability to recount a story Yes, the Captain s daughter, of the story of the same name, succeeds in telling her version of the 1775 Pugachev rebellion to the empress regent, Catherine the Great, with such powerful effect that she succeeds in clearing the name of someone very dear to her Alexander Pushkin is very good at telling stories too In the first story of the collection, he chooses to recount his version of the life of someone dear to him his maternal great grandfather Ibrahim Gannibal Ibrahim was a page who had been gifted to Peter the Great by the Ottoman Sultan, having originally been kidnapped from his home in Central Africa in the early 1700s Pushkin fictionalises the story but retains enough elements for us to get a clear grasp of the life his great grandfather led in the Russian court until he married Pushkin s great grandmother by order of Peter the Great The story is unfinished, as is another in the collection, but that didn t bother me at all because Ibrahim s story contains many interesting details regarding life in Russia at that time, or at least the life of the nobility and their servants That story also presents an interesting portrait of Peter the Great We hear how he imposed Western habits and styles on the nobility, forcing the men to shave off their beards, eventually taxing those who refused We see him visiting the docks in St Petersburg which were built during his reign, and overseeing the shipbuilding works, another passion of his connected to his ambitions to acquiresea coast for his empire Under his reign, Russian territory increased as far as the Black Sea Under the reign of Catherine the Great, in the second half of the eighteenth century, the territory was further extended towards the Caspian Sea and across the Caucasus mountains towards Persian and Ottoman territories Catherine the Great traveling in the Caucuses.I chose to read this book because I d just read Mikhail Lermontov s A Hero of Our Time which pointed me towards Pushkin Now this book, plus Pushkin s Tales of Belkin and Other Prose Writings, which I ve since read, has filled me in perfectly on some of the history behind the geography which had fascinated me while reading about Lermontov s narrator s travels in the Caucasus Perfect

  2. says:

    This little book was the perfect sampler of Pushkin s work for a novice like me I got a taste of his short stories, his poetry and his plays, and all that was portable enough to fit in my coat pocket I greatly enjoyed the elegant prose, the mordant and tragic little tales, but I feel like I am a poor judge of poetry it s also possible that my undercaffeinated morning commute is just not the right setting for trying to absorb it I also have to wonder how much is lost in translation, and not h This little book was the perfect sampler of Pushkin s work for a novice like me I got a taste of his short stories, his poetry and his plays, and all that was portable enough to fit in my coat pocket I greatly enjoyed the elegant prose, the mordant and tragic little tales, but I feel like I am a poor judge of poetry it s also possible that my undercaffeinated morning commute is just not the right setting for trying to absorb it I also have to wonder how much is lost in translation, and not having any Russian speakers in my direct circles, I have no idea if this edition s translation does that poetry any justice After reading a lot of Russian literature last year, I can definitely see how Pushkin has a place in that pantheon, alongside Tolstoy and Dostoevsky he has that same talent for tackling the great tragic themes greed, envy, jealousy and illustrating them with a sardonic flourish The Queen of Spade is an ironic fable about a gambler s scheming to obtain an infallible card trick This predictably bites him in the ass, but who does enjoy watching a greedy douche get what s coming to him I preferred The Stationmaster over the first story, as I found it muchmoving, with its regretful and bittersweet conclusion.The short sample of Mozart and Salieri took me by surprise Amadeus is one of my favorite movies, and I had no idea that anyone but Peter Shaefer had written about that notorious rivalry, but it turns out, this was Shaefer s main inspiration Derp I look forward to Eugene Onegin , which I hope to really be able to sink my teeth into as usual with short stories, I get to the end hungry for

  3. says:

    Timeless and accessible writing I thoroughly appreciated Pushkin s stories infused with seeds of historical trivia and perspective I also enjoyed his use of humor and irony to mock comedic, sentimental, or ironic writing As was I impressed with his successful addresses to the audience in fact, he pulls off many things I m traditionally not a fan of kudos An aside, the translation is brilliant it s hard to seperate authors really, but amazing word choices and phrasing Timeless and accessible writing I thoroughly appreciated Pushkin s stories infused with seeds of historical trivia and perspective I also enjoyed his use of humor and irony to mock comedic, sentimental, or ironic writing As was I impressed with his successful addresses to the audience in fact, he pulls off many things I m traditionally not a fan of kudos An aside, the translation is brilliant it s hard to seperate authors really, but amazing word choices and phrasing

  4. says:

    I really enjoyed this collection of 6 short stories by the father of Russian literature.

  5. says:

    Pushkin never ceases to amaze me with all the twists written in this short prose There is a reason why Russian writers are one of the most profound type out there and this is exactly how Pushkin captures the Russian spirit problematic, tormented by ethical questions, with a very well defined personality Would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to dig in a very different perspective on Russian characters.

  6. says:

    Alexandr Pushkin is a wonderful storyteller He is insightful and wittyin my opinion Russia s greatest poet followed closely by Anna Akhmatova If you re looking for other stories from Russian authors I would also recommend Gogol, Bulgokov, and the lesser appreciated Turgenev I loved Fathers and Sons I mean really you just can t go wrong.

  7. says:

    1.Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin.Funny and interesting stories 4 stars.2 The Queen of Spades.A short story with a twist at the end The secret of a winning 3 card game and a man who wants to know it at all costs.I would rate this 3.5 stars.3 The Captain s Daughter.I thought this story started a little slow but then it really picked up By far the best of the stories and a definite 5 star.4 Peter the Great s Blackamoor.Pushkin wanted to write an historical novel along the lines of Wa 1.Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin.Funny and interesting stories 4 stars.2 The Queen of Spades.A short story with a twist at the end The secret of a winning 3 card game and a man who wants to know it at all costs.I would rate this 3.5 stars.3 The Captain s Daughter.I thought this story started a little slow but then it really picked up By far the best of the stories and a definite 5 star.4 Peter the Great s Blackamoor.Pushkin wanted to write an historical novel along the lines of Waverley by Sir Walter Scott The result was the above story using his ancestor, Ibrahim, as the main character Peter the Great was the godfather of Ibrahim and had him educated in the European fashion He went on to a great military career Pushkin never completed the novel which is a pity as it had potential.I would give this story 4 stars

  8. says:

    3.5 Pushkin from Pushkin Press This is at once amusing symmetry, and a little too on the nose First time I ve read him This collection is mostly poetry Translation by Anthony Briggs, whose War glad to readof his at last The Queen of Spades The Stationmaster More than cosy enough in the way perfectly characteristic of C19th classics A paper book of these, read after nightfall, beside a fire, teeters on the 3.5 Pushkin from Pushkin Press This is at once amusing symmetry, and a little too on the nose First time I ve read him This collection is mostly poetry Translation by Anthony Briggs, whose War Peace I d have read if it were available as an ebook two years ago glad to readof his at last The Queen of Spades The Stationmaster More than cosy enough in the way perfectly characteristic of C19th classics A paper book of these, read after nightfall, beside a fire, teeters on the brink between perfect and cloying Marginally darker ends than British Victorians perhaps the Russian sting is reminiscent of someone later like Saki or M.R James, but it s too long since I ve read them Less harshly realist than l.C19th Scandinavians, and very much in a pretty world of the upper classes, where everything turns out fairytale alright for a lot of people, and toughness and poverty, whilst mentioned, ultimately seem skimmed over the same again in a somewhat facile poem near the end, Winter Evening Easy to forgive in film, less so in books for some reason perhaps expect greater seriousness of the latter Feels like the same world as War Peace These stories are so famous it would have been impossible for them to live up to their reputation another argument for reading classics as a teenager, because you experience them fresh without so much that came after.At one point in Queen of Spades, someone asks if there even are any Russian novelsPimen s Monologue from Boris Godunov Nice clean readable translation of blank verse obviously modern, still atmospheric Would have liked to read the rest if it were here Shame there was so much less of this play than of Mozart and Salieri which was hammy in a way no translator could rescue in what followed what, and in the basic meanings of what was said Might have been camply funny if it weren t one of those stories in which I ve minimal interest as fiction as opposed to carefully researched biography pointing out what we just can t know Also lacks the attraction of reading a Russian write about Russian history as in Boris Godunov The Bronze Horseman Easy to imagine reading this aloud as a kid Small epic of St Petersburg, its flooding and one young working class chap s story Nice tidy rhymed translation with ample enjambments Very 4 stars Again, the surprise of its being darker than English equivalents of this sort of thing Tsar Nikita and His Forty Daughters Very silly smutty fairytale, translated in a very silly jaunty rhymed style whose name I should probably know or used to I like it when he manages to make extra puns probably peculiar to English.pointlessly short Extract from Yevgeny OneginI stumble around under the impression that there is no satisfactory English translation of Onegin no wonder, given that my GR friends give the thing an average rating of 3.14 against a general average of 4.06 I like people who are fussy about translations Though if I do try it, and not in an old, free version, it ll be the Stanley Mitchell translation praised in anreview by Russian translator Robert Chandler, who also recommended an edition of Crime and Punishment that I loved Little to say about this extract, except it gives the impression that the poem contains different moods and rhythms within a few pages of one another, and as a fragment of an obviously much bigger story it s too short to have much opinion about other than via close reading and dissection Various short poems General tendency for these to open promisingly, then I would be disappointed by the ending I did enjoy and these are very typical subjects for me to like, and typical Romantic era subjects some bits about autumn and winter, a few of theflorid love verses, miscellaneous intimations of mortality, a working class setting withattention to the people s lives in Man Found Drowned , though again an anticlimatic conclusion.I m a bit morbid compared with most other non Goths these days, finding it a philosophical and picturesque way to live with ropey health interesting to see how Pushkin writing in his thirties takes it that bit further, in a time when one saw faryounger people and contemporaries die He died at 37, but in a duel, not from consumption or the like Some of When I Stroll Down a Busy Street is familiar I tell myself the world keeps turning However many of us are here, or A lone oak tree attracts my gaze I think this patriarch sublime Will long outlive these empty days, As it outlived my father s timeor I think farewell, I ve had my day You take my place, I m reconciled Yours is to thrive, mine to decay. But he is farto me strangely specific the era, presumably, means he sees far greater probability an imminence, and thinks of things I felt no need to I always say goodbye in thought Each day, each year, and try to guess Which day in which year will have brought The anniversary of my death.It is strange to read that knowing it, nearly two hundred years later one gets the impression from the final I Have My Monument , that he suspected people still would Autumn a fragment I commend to those friends who also like autumn and winter bestSpringtime I can t abide, With all that smelly, thawing slush. Thank you I can t stand spring either bright and cold at the same time, no thanks and suspect it would be even worse in Russia Summer though, if comfortably warm enough to spend outside, and it s possible to spend it outside and otherwise to sleep long enough in the dark , I love, but indoor days in summer, urgh apart from lack of heating bills In autumn every year I come into full flower The thrilling Russian cold inspires me through and through I love my life again each day and every hour My appetite returns on time, and sleep does, too My blood is up, my glad heart surges with new power Desire and joy are mine, I m young, the world is new, Fresh life wells up in me Such is my constitution If you ll forgive such a prosaical intrusion

  9. says:

    I ve lately developed quite an interest in the fabulous Russian literature And Pushkin, well, he s supposedly one of the most fabulous Russians I ve been quite afraid of him I somehow had an image of monstrous romantic poetry.How very wrong I was.Pushkin combines wonderous Russian fairytales, historical fiction and makes it all so interesting that you re feeling as if you were watching an 18th century soap opera And Dubrovsky By Jove what a man And did I mention that Alexander is a fantas I ve lately developed quite an interest in the fabulous Russian literature And Pushkin, well, he s supposedly one of the most fabulous Russians I ve been quite afraid of him I somehow had an image of monstrous romantic poetry.How very wrong I was.Pushkin combines wonderous Russian fairytales, historical fiction and makes it all so interesting that you re feeling as if you were watching an 18th century soap opera And Dubrovsky By Jove what a man And did I mention that Alexander is a fantastic storyteller Few manage to tell stories so enchantingly Magic Next stop Pushkin s poetry Here I come

  10. says:

    Fantastic stories, although 2 are unfortunately incomplete Pushkin s writing is so fantastic that I feel like I could actually relate to and immerse myself in 18th century Russia amidst rebels and Robin Hood like figures and land squabbles The most bizarre thing to me was that there are several references, in various stories to gingers I m naive and happily so to things like that, but I totally thought South Park made ginger into a ridiculous taunt to people with beautiful red hair Evi Fantastic stories, although 2 are unfortunately incomplete Pushkin s writing is so fantastic that I feel like I could actually relate to and immerse myself in 18th century Russia amidst rebels and Robin Hood like figures and land squabbles The most bizarre thing to me was that there are several references, in various stories to gingers I m naive and happily so to things like that, but I totally thought South Park made ginger into a ridiculous taunt to people with beautiful red hair Evidently, Pushkin was the original Trey Matt It s always amazing when you see something that you think is a modern thought reflected in classical literature Anyway, even if you re fortunate enough to have red hair, I recommend picking up a collection of Pushkin stories If nothing else, reading about the chill of the wind across Russian steppes will cool you off a bit this hot summer

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