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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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Florencia
Mar 08, 2014 Florencia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Florencia by: Dostoyevsky
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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
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Azzageddi
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
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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
Catarina
Sep 10, 2014 Catarina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Julia Boechat Machado
Um livro bem selecionado e bem traduzido (Boris Schnaiderman e Nelson Ascher), que mostra o virtuosismo de Púchkin em contos e poemas. Dá ao leitor a oportunidade de conhecer o Púchkin da melancolia de Árion, da ironia amarga de O Semeador, da mordacidade dos poemas dirigidos aos tsares, do lirismo dos poemas de amor, da mistura eficiente de tudo isso nos contos.
Prêmio Jabuti de tradução em 2000.
Sophie
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
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Ira Bespalova
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
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
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Laura
This is the first book I've read by this author and I really loved it. MORE please.
Célia
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
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Inês Beato
Nunca tinha lido nada de Alexander Pushkin e resolvi pegar neste pequeno livro por mera curiosidade. E gostei! Por ser um conto, o desenvolvimento das personagens e da própria história é sempre superficial mas, apesar disso, "A Dama de Espadas" conseguiu ser uma obra muito interessante. O tema é essencialmente a avareza e a falta de escrúpulos, bem como a cegueira que esse egoísmo traz e que pode levar à ruína. Quem tudo quer, tudo perde, como se costuma dizer.
Luís Blue B.
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 ...
TarasProkopyuk
«Пиковая дама» - это хороший пример того как помешательство может стать наградой тем людям, которые, переступая через допустимые пределы, до последнего ищут лёгких путей.
Satyabrat Mishra
The queen of spades is a tale about greed; sociopathy and revenge. And as usual with Pushkin's tales, a big twist in the end.
dj
first written for a discussion forum:

perhaps what is most intriguing about this story is not the true nature of hermann's relationship to liz, but rather the strange metamorphosis of his motivations as the story progresses. he begins the story a man resolute in his financial prudence and refusal to gamble-- though "a gambler at heart". but what is it that causes him to so impetuously discard his convictions-- that is to say, "sacrifice the necessary in the hope of gaining the superfluous"? preci
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rosshalde
Kitap 2 öykü barındırıyor.Bunlardan ilki "Maça Kızı". Ortalama 50 sayfalık hikaye Puşkin eserlerini okumayı sevenlerin alışageldiği üzere bir çok dipnot barındırıyor. Puşkin'in yaşadığı dönemde yenilikçi bir akımın parçası olduğu için eserlerinde eski alışkanlıklara karşı ağır eleştiriler bulmak mümkün. Bu da öykülerde bir takım ek açıklamalara ihtiyaç duyulmasına neden olabiliyor. Bu maça kızı için de geçerli.

Bir kumarbazın hikayesi anlatılır gibi görünse de aslında Puşkin dönemin alışılan ge
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Rachel Jackson
In a whirlwind of a story, Alexander Pushkin combines everything horrid and ironic about love, greed, fate and death all into one with this tale of a man too greedy for love and too set on making his fortune, no matter the cost.

The Queen of Spades is the tale of Herman, a young man who tries to beguile an old lady out of her never-fail gambling tricks. He deceives many along the way, and it's his own mistake that causes his downfall in the end.

I'd never read Pushkin before, but he seems like a p
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Carlos
“Los escritores pasan con su época. Sólo unos cuantos resisten la erosión del tiempo y aun estos clásicos atraviesan por temporadas de silencio y olvido. Pushkin no. Pushkin se ha salvado de todos los cambios en los gustos y en las modas e incluso ha sobrevivido ileso a los cataclismos históricos. Pushkin nace de nuevo con cada generación que se acerca a él por vez primera. Es Rusia y la lengua rusa”. Así expone José Emilio Pacheco, en su ensayo “Pushkin o el rayo que no cesa”, su visión del que ...more
Maan Kawas
A wonderful short story about human avarice and obsession with money and wealth that displays the mastery of the great Russian poet Pushkin in drawing a beautiful and deep picture using language. It is painful how a person may use love as a means to achieve his or her goals, playing with people’s emotions as well as confidence. Hermann was ready to do whatever it demands just to know the secret of the play cards that can guarantee him a huge wealth, so he played with Lizavetta’s emotions, trying ...more
Gail
Well, I've been reading Dostoevsky and felt like reading a different Russian author. I'd not read any Pushkin before and I had this story on my ereader, so I decided to read it. I had no idea what to expect, and certainly wasn't expecting it to be a sort-of ghost story! It was a great read - very compact, focused, fascinating and unexpected. About gambling and greed. I definitely want to read more of Pushkin.
Carol
Pushkin is considered the soul of Russian literature mainly because of his poetry which some say does not translate easily into English. An interesting fact about him is that one of his great grandfathers came from Africa as a slave and rose to become a Russian aristocrat. Pushkin was proud of his African heritage and brought it up often.

Having never read anything by Pushkin I decided that the short story "The Queen of Spades" would be a good place to start. This is a story about various kinds o
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Sofi Collodel
"Two fixed ideas cannot exist in the brain at the same time any more than two bodies can occupy the same point in space."


A wonderful short story about human avarice and obsession with money and wealth, clearly showing what people is willing to do to get it. Why it was so short ?? Because it contains everything it needs in just a few words.
Hermann was ready to do whatever was necessary just to know the secret of the play cards that could assure him a huge wealth, so he played with Lizavetta’s em
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Sandra
Este é um pequeno conto de um dos maiores nomes da literatura russa - Alexander Pushkin -, que se lê extraordinariamente bem.
Numa época em que o gosto pelo jogo é comum surge esta pequena história sobre um poderoso segredo que pode fazer a felicidade de um homem ou a sua desgraça completa. Junta-se a isto uma personagem curiosa e gananciosa, que com os poucos escrúpulos que possui, tenta por meios menos próprios chegar ao conhecimento desse segredo que apenas a condessa Ana Fédotovna conhece.
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Vicky Hunt
A Sherlockian Moral Tale

"Two fixed ideas cannot exist in the brain at the same time any more than two bodies can occupy the same point in space."

A short story... my first of Pushkin's work.
Written in a simple style, reminiscent of both Sherlock Holmes; by Doyle and the Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Anderson. The Queen of Spades is like the former in the simplistic way of recounting the avarice of a person bent on crime. Yet, Holmes usually does not moralize, and Pushkin has a definite morality
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Shubhra
If you love short stories (i do) this is a longish short story with a great plot and twist in the end... Good character build up and humorous!
Andrea
"Wie, wenn die alte Gräfin mir ihr Geheimnis enthüllen oder die drei Gewinnkarten nennen würde? Ich müßte ihr Wohlwollen erringen, vielleicht noch ihr Liebhaber werden! Aber das alles braucht Zeit, und sie ist siebenundachtzig.."

Eine einzige Novelle von Puschkin und ich möchte nie wieder Goethes Prosa lesen. Hier klappern keine Figuren durch die Gegend, sondern Menschen, die man alle vom Fleck weg heiraten könnte. Selbst dieser kleine geldgierige, verlogene Deutsche ist wie er auf Lisaweta Iwano
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Gizella Tóth
Amennyire nem kedveltem az Anyegint, annyira szerettem Puskin novelláit: semmi sallang, melléduma, csak a lényeg. Mind közül a legnagyobb kedvenc A pikk dáma. Volt szerencsém többször is megnézni még a régi szép időkben, s valahányszor kézbe veszem, mindig ott lebeg előttem a jelenet: Тройка, семëрка, туз… hármas, hetes, ász: a nagy titok, amely azonban a megsemmisülésbe küldi e titok tudóját – fantasztikusan megírt jelenet, fantasztikusan megírt novella (s hogy mennyit töprengtem, igaz lehet-e ...more
Collin A.
Pushkin's The Queen of Spades is an excellent tale that embodies the true human vices of greed and jealousy. Exemplifying the traditional gothic novel itself, Young Hermann passionately invests his time, and money (pun intended) in trying to discern an elderly countesses' secret to gambling fortune.

Full of irony, an unlikely heroine and plenty of twists worthy of the dark nature of an Edgar Allan Poe story, The Queen of Speeds is a great quick read. The Conley "con" I could attribute to the set
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Ansie de Swardt
How well this is written - a riveting story told very simply and without unnecessary embelishments. And it is so unnerving! A drawback was that I have no idea how the card game of faro works so the details of the final disastrous card game were lost on me. Have to find out. Also have to read more of Mr Pushkin.
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