The Captain's Daughter and Other Stories
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«La camera era piena di morti. La luna illuminava per le finestre i loro visi gialli e violacei, le bocche cavernose, gli occhi foschi e semichiusi, i nasi sporgenti ... le morte in cuffie e gale, i morti maschi, se funzionari, in uniforme ... i mercanti col caffettano della festa»: il fabbricante di bare ha invitato a cena i suoi clienti e Puškin può serrare in una morsa...more
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Published September 12th 1957 by Vintage (first published 1836)
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Frankie
I already read these stories in The Complete Prose Tales of Alexandr Sergeyevitch Pushkin, but wanted to reread Pushkin's prose in a more recent translation. This volume includes Duddington and Keane translations which are somewhat less formal in diction and easier to read.

"The Captain's Daughter" is a little heavily theatrical, which is understandable when you know Pushkin and the bildungsroman style. Its strength lies in its historic and journalistic merit. Like Tolstoy's account of The War o...more
Yair Bezalel
A fantastic collection of moving and inspiring short works by one of the masters of Russian fiction. I loved this book and recommend it highly. The austerity of the text, its rigid and unrelenting strictness in its adherence to realisim and a 'no frills' style of writing (the details and descriptions are certainly sparse and spartan but certainly contribute much to the atmosphere, depicting a Russia straddling the line between aristocratic decadence and barbarous severity) can be off putting and...more
Sladuna
Невероятна класика!
Leah
Pushkin, of course, is the master of Russian literature. While Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, etc, are more well-recognized in the West as 'seminal figures' of Russian literature, it is Pushkin who truly embodies Russian storytelling.

The translation of "The Captain's Daughter" (a novella, 140 pp) was excellent. Were this collection rated on the novella alone, it would easily get five stars.

However, the rest of the stories in the collection (about another 150 pp) suffered, unfortunately, from stilted and o...more
Greg Hovanesian
Alexander Pushkin was the People's Writer of the Russia. Checkov. Tolstoy. Dostoyevsky. All perhaps more polished, more scholarly, more regarded among educated types...but Pushkin was the man that was read by the people of Russia, and was regarded as the people's writer.

Like other famous 19th century Russian writers, Pushkin was a fairly apolitical writer writing during a very political time. His stories are distinctively Russian: social customs, ethnic groups, the issues of Russian "backwardne...more
Ashley
Pushkin has loomed larger in my reading experience, because he has been been a huge influence on so many of the Russian writers I love. I have not yet read Eugene Onegin, and I plan to do so. While I loved the writing on a sentence-to-sentence level, and the world-building, I felt structurally many of these stories were almost eye-rolling, O Henry-style. The last story in this book, the unfinished "The Negro of Peter the Great" was the most interesting, with the titular The Captain's Daughter co...more
Michael
Brilliant little stories. I only want to say a few words about the Postmaster (Stationmaster), because the themes present here come up in Dostoyevsky's works (most notably in Poor Folk and to a lesser extent Notes from the Underground). The story is about a father who loses his daughter (she's either kidnapped or runs off voluntarily) and consequently drinks himself to death. On first reading the story I got caught up in his almost Learian anguish, but then I reconsidered the story from his daug...more
Ensiform
All stories were translated by T. Keane but "The Captain's Daughter," which was translated by Natalie Duddington. The volume is in the Vintage Russian Library, and I was disappointed with the publishers' lack of effort. No introduction, no annotation, very few explanatory notes for the terms in the texts. The stories:

"The Captain's Daughter," a tale of a young officer whose fate becomes linked with a rebel after a single act of kindness. He wins his lady love in the end. In the story, which is m...more
Mike
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K.
Jul 08, 2011 K. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Russian writing lovers
Recommended to K. by: someone on Victorians! group
Shelves: russian-lit
I read the first and largest selection, "The Captain's Daughter" and absolutely loved it. It was all of the things I enjoy about Russian writing.

Had to put it down before getting to the rest of the stories, but will surely come back at some point.

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Finished. Most excellent fun.

Favorite line of entire book (from "The Snowstorm"--great story, btw):

(162) "Marya Gavrilovna had been brought up on French novels, and consequently was in love."

Nothing heavy or profound, but I sure love to dip into...more
Alicia
I ended up really liking this book of Russian short stories, but since it took me over a year to get through it I'll just give it 3 stars. I get confused in Russian books by all the people with the same names and all the nicknames for one person (Ivan, Andrushka, etc). I still like English, French and American literature better than Russian literature, but I am trying to branch out a little. =) I enjoyed Pushkin's stories about romance and intrigue ("The Snowstorm" and "Mistress into Maid") but...more
Travis Gallagher
This book was very good. I focused on a Russian Army officer who is part of a amry. The army is overcome by a rebellion but the leader of the revolt always him to live. Later on the officer has to come back to the leader in order to meet the love of his life. What made this book so good was that it showed that even though people have different beliefs, ideas, upbringings, or customs everyone is always capable of being a good person.
Kristen Wenzel
Excellent collection of Pushkin's intriguing tales of Russia. They read like modern fairy tales in some sense, but also capture much of the political and social upheaval of the times. I read through them slowly because my historic knowledge of Russia was somewhat limited and keeping up with the names was difficult, but it made me want to read more of Russian history and Pushkin.
Helena R-D
It is a very good book in that it portrays Russian realism and was the first to do so. Pushkin's writing is amazing and he's very clear and evocative in his words. The descriptions of the home lives and the battle fields are amazing and I do recommend this book to anyone that wants to get some Russian literature started. His works are easier to get into and very accessible.
Katelyn O'Tierney
I think I still have some stories to read in this volume, but I remember I really liked them! Though I sometimes felt as if Pushkin became a bit impatient in the end and finished the short stories quickly. Nonetheless, they are great stories to read.
Music
The Captain's Daughter was astounding. It had adventure, war, annoying parents, thieves and rebels, romance, people sentenced to exile in Siberia, and 1 small white dog... they really should make a movie out of it.
Aaron
The writing is awkward, which I assume is the translator's fault. The story lines aren't exceptionally interesting either. I'm curious as to what I'm missing in Pushkin.

The cover kicks ass though.
Cristi
i enjoyed reading his stories because he was trying not to overwhelm the story with to much details other things simple enough to be understood by the reader without further explanation.
Courtney
1) The Captain's Daughter
2) The Shot
3) The Snowstorm
4) The Undertaker
5) The Postmaster
6) Mistress into Maid
7) The Queen of Spades
8) Kirdjali
9) The Negro of Peter the Great
Booey
Entertaining Russian story I had to read for class. I enjoyed the characters in a historical context it was funny seeing them written about this way.
Kate
Apr 09, 2008 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Rusophiles, romantics
Recommended to Kate by: Steve
Shelves: short-stories
"Play interests me very much," said Hermann: "but I am not in the position to sacrifice the necessary in the hope of winning the superfluous."
Kathy
I liked this story. It was the first one we read in Russian 25W (which I'm very glad I took). I should read more Russian literature.
Emily
you will spend half the time totally captivated, and the other half frantically googling things about russian history.
Alfredo
pushkin's elocuent and distinctive prose are hard to pass by without savouring each description and action in each passage.
Spencer Willardson
I finished this book on a train from Krakow to Kiev. It was a great read to get me ready for my upcoming Russian adventures.
AmaLia
How I wish Pushkin had finished The Negro of Peter The Great.. It wouLd have been a great story.
Theodora
The theme of duels in 19th C. Russian literature is constant. Pushkin died in a duel, you know....
Tom Newth
bit too much army for my taste, but some good stuff here (queen of spades of course)
Vika
I read these stories when I was a kid and I still remember them vividly.
Adria Tingey
Fun stories in simple russian style. Even some happy endings. I liked it.
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“God save us from seeing a Russian revolt, senseless and merciless. Those who plot impossible upheavals among us, are either young and do not know our people, or are hard-hearted men who do not care a straw either about their own lives or those of others.” 0 likes
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