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Great Russian Short Stories

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  49 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
From romanticism to realism, nineteenth-century Russian fiction gave the world masterworlds of the imagination from such authors as Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Gorky, and Turgenev. This outstanding collection now allows readers to experience their themes, styles, and characters in thirteen carefully selected short stories—tales that fully reveal the quintessenti ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 5th 1990 by Laurel (first published August 1st 1967)
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Mar 09, 2016 Nate rated it really liked it
cheapie anthology bookended by two utterly brilliant works from each end of russian's golden age of literature, pushkin's "the queen of spades" and andreyev's "the seven who were hanged". the rest is kind of a mixed bag through some of russian literature's bigger names. of those i'm familiar with, the lermontov story has some nice baltic atmosphere, the turgenev has a ridiculously over the top "russian" ending, the two tolstoys are amongst the weakest i've read from him (though still enjoyable i ...more
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
Good selection of authors, but not the best of their stories.
Aug 14, 2012 Molly rated it it was amazing
This was my introduction to the Russian short stories of the late 19th century. I found it on my parents' bookshelves while visiting home after grad school, and needed to give my brain something fresh to chew on, so dug right in. This ancient copy (1958!) has been taped back together three times to no avail, because I keep dropping back in to visit with Pushkin, Tolstoy, and especially Chekhov. I think I might need to learn Russian so I can read the original text.
Dec 06, 2011 Mimi rated it it was amazing
A sampler of Russia's literary greats in one book. Opens up a whole new world of words for book lovers. And check out the first story "Queen of Spades" -- its eloquence lifts up the reader till the surprise ending.
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Aug 30, 2011 Ragnhildur Helga rated it really liked it
In this book, some stories are better than others of course. On the whole though, the book had a profound effect on me. I would recommend it to anyone, without doubt.
Lynn Lipinski
Dec 31, 2013 Lynn Lipinski rated it really liked it
Really loved the last one, The Seven Who Were Hanged, by Leonid Andreyev, and Leo Tolstoy's What Men Live By.
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Jun 01, 2013 Oumaima Rouky rated it really liked it
All the stories are amazing but what I loved most was "A Gentle Spirit"
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