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The Queen of Spades

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The Queen of Spades (Russian: Pikovaya dama) is an acclaimed short story by Alexander Pushkin about human avariciousness. Pushkin wrote the story in autumn 1833 in Boldino and it was first published in literary magazine Biblioteka dlya chteniya in 1834. It was turned into the opera The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky.
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Marina just saw your question... i read it years ago so I don't remember, but if you can tell me where exactly in the story it's mentioned, I can check what…morejust saw your question... i read it years ago so I don't remember, but if you can tell me where exactly in the story it's mentioned, I can check what the Russian original says and research a little if needed :)(less)
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Dec 11, 2015 Florencia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Florencia by: Dostoyevsky
Avarice. The insatiable desire for wealth. That thing that tears family and friends apart. That moves the world in different directions. That creates in people the worst feelings and intentions. And a huge void that nothing can fill: “Poverty wants much; but avarice, everything”.
You can't have everything.

This short story, written by Pushkin in 1833, describes avarice with a brilliant writing and a witty plot. A little fella named Hermann enjoyed watching other people play cards. He never played
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This is an odd, mystical Russian short story about greed and avarice, and the choices we make in life. A group of military men is gambling at cards, a few of the commenting on how one of the group, a German named Hermann, never gambles. Another man then tells how his grandmother had been told some mysterious method of a sure bet in playing and guessing three cards. (I don't quite get the game here, other than that one predicts the number of the card that is drawn from the deck, but it's not real ...more
Yes, strictly speaking the title of this book is generally Tales of Belkin in English, but uniquely and unnecessarily, in this 1947 translation it hass been rendered as "Bielkin" instead.

These stories are all short, of slight appearance and witty. We, the readers, get to be deliberately misled and fooled about with as well as generally pushed to change our understanding as Pushkin twists out these tales for us.

I read these stories first long ago and far away as a student, bold and undaunted by t
Oct 01, 2013 William1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection is a set of stories within a story. The preface by "the editors" incorporates a letter from a friend of the eponymous Belkin, describing the dead writer's character, history and interests. The stories are themselves said to be tales once told to Belkin by various and sundry figures.

The first story, "The Shot," describes a duel between Sylvio and Count ***. The narrator, one of a regiment of hussars, meets Sylvio, who lodges in the same town in which the regiment bivouacs. One day
Aug 16, 2009 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An inherent Yankee repugnance of self-promotion made me hold off on posting a review of this, for a little while at least, but last night I watched a native and very well-read Russian read four pages of the copy I gave him. My breath was bated and my heart literally in my throat as I waited for the inevitable grimace that I remember seeing on the faces of parents at my piano recitals, which were followed, when caught, by the immediate cover-up or worse, attempt to convince me that yes, everythin ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Пиковая дама=The Queen of Spades, Alexander Pushkin
عنوان: بی بی پیک؛ نویسنده: الکساندر پوشکین؛ مترجم: مسعود کریمی؛ تهران، دیروز و امروز، 1327، در 59 ص، موضوع: داستانهای کوتاه از نویسندگان روسی قرن 19 م

عنوان: بی بی پیک؛ نویسنده: الکساندر پوشکین؛ مقدمه: آندره ژید؛ مترجم: محمد مجلسی؛ تهران، دنیای نو، 1383، در 190 ص، موضوع: داستانهای کوتاه از نویسندگان روسی قرن 19 م
Puşkin'le tanışma kitabım.
İçinde 2 hikaye bulunuyor. ( Maça Kızı ve Mısır Geceleri ) Maça Kızı'nı daha çok beğendim.
Konu ilginç ve anlatım akıcıydı. Ama çarpıcı / etkileyici değildi. Rus edebiyatının kurucusu sayılan kişiden sanırım beklentim büyüktü.
Katriina ❆
Pushkin wrote his books earlier than Dostoevskij, Gogol and Tolstoj, yet his style is so much easier to read. I really liked the ending too. Quick read, and I'm definitely going to read more of Pushkins works.
Oct 31, 2013 Azzageddi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm not the type who can focus my attention solely on one book--at least not when that book is well over a thousand pages, which is the case with War and Peace, which I'm currently reading. My wandering mind requires little interludes here and there to break things up. That's why I decided to read The Queen of Spades. It's nice and short and therefore will distract me just long enough without diverting my attention from Tolstoy too long.

Shamefully, I have to admit this is my first Pushkin. For s
Sep 23, 2015 Fernando rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gran cuento efectista de Pushkin a lo Poe, con un toque sobrenatural. Dado que trata sobre el juego de cartas, "apuesto" a que Dostoievski, que admiraba a Pushkin; disfrutó de este cuento y que tal vez se inspiró en él para escribir El Jugador.
Jul 03, 2015 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Qué sencillez y maestría la de Pushkin para contarnos cuentos tan agradables. La nevasca es el más bonito se todos.
This is the first book I've read by this author and I really loved it. MORE please.
Sep 10, 2014 Catarina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catarina by: Inês Beato
Este é um pequeno conto que pode ser descrito num bom provérbio: "Quem tudo quer, tudo perde."

Esta é a história de Hermann, um soldado que observava os amigos jogar todas as noites, mas nunca arriscava participar porque dizia não conseguir sacrificar o necessário na esperança de ganhar o desnecessário.

Infelizmente, a avareza é mesmo um pecado, e muitas vezes paga-se caro. Quando Hermann vê uma oportunidade de ganhar dinheiro sem correr os riscos que os amigos correm ao jogar, não olha a meios p
Ahmed Rashed
In The Queen of Spades, Pushkin uses unconventional plot developments and humor to ridicule the sentimental romance writing of his day. For example, after he leads the reader to believe that Lizaveta and Hermann will fall in love and marry, he reveals that Hermann is merely using Lizaveta to gain access to the countess and her card secret. Hermann will do almost anything to learn the secret, even woo the old woman: "I must get introduced to her," he says to himself, "and win her favour--become h ...more
Years ago, I read Alexander Pushkin's The Queen of Spades and found myself not liking it very much. When I heard how Tales of Belkin influenced Dostoyevsky according to Joseph Frank's biography of the latter, I decided to give it a try. It has been so many years since my first exposure to Pushkin, and I have changed so much in the meantime, that I expected the result this time would be different. It was. The five tales of Belkin were brief, to the point, and composed with a lightness that I foun ...more
Luan Morina
Aug 17, 2015 Luan Morina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ni tregim i shkurter per koprracine e njeriut... teper mire i shtjellum, teper...
Asséil Bokharouba
This is the first work I've read by the talented Pushkin.
This is essentially the first work by Pushkin that I read and it was quite a ride!
First and foremost, Pushkin is a symbol, a myth, he is noted as the father of russian literature, and justly. He has multifaceted work that extends from lyrical poems to novels.
Specifically, this work, aside from the element of fantasy that spirals things out of control (view spoiler), foreshadows Dostoyevsky's realism, as it is about a man, Hermann
Ira Bespalova
Jul 12, 2009 Ira Bespalova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book about three months ago during the university Russian literature course. Being a short story, it contains a lot of wisdom, witty parts and subtle psychological power. This work is just another evidence of Pushkin't great talent.
Nádia Batista
Sep 21, 2014 Nádia Batista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Na minha aventura pelo universo da literatura russa, foi inevitável o encontro com Puskine. A Dama de Espadas pareceu-me um conto simples e com um tema interessante, e assim escolhi este livro para a Viagem (In)Esperada dedicada a comfy reads.

Confesso que esperava mais desta história. Aliás, não propriamente da história em si, mas sim do autor, da riqueza do mundo por ele pintado. O facto de a tradução ser estranha (não sei se propositadamente, mantendo-se fiel ao original, ou apenas um péssimo
Luís Blue Yorkie
As someone said here about the history of this book, nice to chill. A good start to learn more about Pushkin. Some touches of horror for a smooth start to the Halloween night ...
Feb 08, 2016 Yulia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To be perfectly honest I was really not that impressed with this book, especially after reading all the fantastic reviews. Although perhaps my lack of great Russian vocabulary is actually to blame here. I read this book as an assignment and don't get me wrong I'm glad I did actually read it, it's just that I did not enjoy it as much as I perhaps would have wanted to. It did have a few parts here and there that made me smile and the story did keep me interested for the majority of the time but ye ...more
Svetlana Trikidi
Recent read, just to pass the time
همچنان که در علم فیزیک دو شی نمی توانند هم زمان در یک جا قرار بگیرند ,در ذهن آدمی نیز د
فکر مسلط ,نمی توانند همزیستی داشته باشند و بی تردید یکی دیگری را کنار خواهد
زد.قضیه ی این سه ورق برنده نیز, آن چنان بر ذهن هرمان مسلط شده بود که خاطره ی
دیدار با کنتس پیر را محو کرده بود و او به هر شکل و به هر ترتیب ,به گونه ای آن سه
ورق را به ذهن می آورد.هروقت دختر جوانی می دید با خود می گفت:" چه اندام متناسبی دارد ,به
سه ی دل می ماند!" ساعت را از او می پرسیدند می گفت:"هفت ,پنج دقیقه کم!" و هر آدم چاقی
را که می دی
Aug 25, 2012 Pablo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hardly ever write reviews, but I am going to make an exception with this one in an attempt to explain myself why I did not like this tales at all.

During the last year I have read a lot about Russian culture. This weird fascination for Russia have been blooming up deep inside me and I have read almost everything Russian that has come to me. I have fallen in love with Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Gogol, etc. I have been delighted with every single one of their books.

And here comes Pushkin. I was someho
A Dama de Espadas é um conto do escritor russo Alexander Pushkin, considerado por muitos o nome maior da poesia russa e fundador da literatura russa moderna. Nunca tinha lido nada de sua autoria e o meu conhecimento em relação a literatura russo é bastante parco, portanto pareceu-me interessante pegar neste pequeno livro, que já tinha por ler há bastante tempo.

Este conto, que se lê num par de horas, centra-se num segredo detido por uma velha condessa, que promete fazer com que quem o conheça enr
Lesa Loves Books

I just finished Dostoevsky's 'Crime and Punishment' and had to read Pushkin's 'The Queen of Spades' since it was referenced in the Notes as a source of inspiration for the novel. Liked it! It's an interesting twisty short story about the consequences of avarice.

Fun to spot what Dostoevsky borrowed for 'Crime and Punishment'. The 'Queen of Spades' also has a wealthy elderly woman character and a younger female character named Lizaveta Ivanovna. The main similarity though is the character of Herma
Sep 22, 2009 Gabriel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Josh kept telling me how weird this novella is, and, now I've read it, I think I understand.

The "From the Publisher" note at the beginning seems to me the most intriguing part of the whole book, putting, as it does, the rest of the tales into their proper context: this is supposed to be a novella and not a collection of short stories. So we can take that note as a frame, and the stories as discrete stories, or we can take the (more interesting) stance that it is no frame at all, and the stories
The "Tales of Belkin" collects several genres, each appearing in each of the plots.

"The Shot" - a revisited duel 3/5
"The Blizzard" - about a doomed elopement and a mistaken identity 4/5
"The Undertaker" - a drunkard coffin builder's terrifying experiences 3/5
"The Stationmaster" - a seduction and abduction of a girl and its impact on her father/the stationmaster. The best in this collection! 5/5
"The Squire's Daughter" - an impersonation 2 or 3/5

Read this for "The Stationmaster", which is probabl
Daria Bejan
Scurta povestire despre puterea pe care il are banul asupra omului.
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In Cyrillic: Александр Пушкин

(Francophone version: Alexandre Pouchkine)

Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin was a Russian Romantic 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
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