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Alexander Pushkin

The Queen of Spades

The Queen of Spades and Other Stories is a translation into English of the main prose works of 19th Century Russsian writer Alexander Pushkin

Pushkin, considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet, seems less sure of himself when writing short stories - he invents a complicated rigmarole of the origin of the rather melodramatic Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin. The title story The Queen of Spades is longer and provides a twist on the age old question - how much do you trust your livelihood to an oracle (even if you think that it's infallible). The book also includes the novel-length The Captain's Daughter on the capture of the hero by a rebel (influenced by Scotts's Rob Roy). In this story 'love conquers all', and some might find Pushkin's writing rather over-sentimental, but if you like Jane Austen or Anthony Trollope then you'll get on fine with this. The final story of the book Peter the Great's Blackamoor is unfinished.

The work is smoothly translated by Alan Myers and the introduction and notes by Andrew Kahn provide plenty of information about the historical context of the works (even if he is over-fond of the word 'irony'). info
Paperback 336 pages  
ISBN: 0199538654
Salesrank: 1308833
Published: 2009 Oxford University Press
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Paperback 336 pages  
ISBN: 0199538654
Salesrank: 67321
Weight:0.66 lbs
Published: 2009 OUP Oxford
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ISBN: 0199538654
Salesrank: 343080
Weight:0.66 lbs
Published: 2009 Oxford Paperbacks
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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 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 provides close readings of the stories and places them in their European literary context.

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