A collection of short fiction showcasing Alexander Pushkin’s application of Romantic sensibilities to uncompromising studies of human frailty
‘The Queen of Spades’, one of Pushkin’s most popular and chilling short stories, tells of an inveterate card player who develops a dangerous obsession with the secret of an old lady’s luck, which he believes will bring him the wealth he craves. ‘The Negro of Peter the Great’, a story based on the life Pushkin’s own great-grandfather, is a vivid depiction – and criticism – of both French and Russian society, while ‘Dubrovsky’ is the Byronic tale of a dispossessed young officer. ‘The Captain’s Daughter’ tells of a young man sent to military service – based on the actual events of the rebellion against Catherine II, it demonstrates Pushkin’s unparalleled skill at blending fiction and history. Together these four stories display the versatility and innovation that earned Pushkin his reputation as a master of prose and established him as the towering figure in Russian literature.
In this edition Rosemary Edmonds’s translation is accompanied by an introduction examining Pushkin’s simplicity of style and the powerful influence he exerted on his country’s literature.
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Alexander Pushkin (1799–1837) was a poet, playwright, and novelist who achieved literary prominence before he was twenty. His radical politics led to government censorship and periods of banishment from the capital, but he eventually married a popular society beauty and… More about Alexander Pushkin
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Published by Penguin Classics Jul 27, 1978| 320 Pages| ISBN 9780140441192
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