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The Complete Prose Tales of Alexandr Sergeyevitch Pushkin by Alexander Pushkin
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Feb 26, 09

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Read in February, 2009

I'm happy to find that Pushkin's prose is as good as his verse, if not easier to comprehend in translation. There are names dropped and (in this edition) asterisks substituted for prominent names, just as in his poetry. This can be tedious. Another slight shortcoming: many of these short stories and novellas end abruptly with the editor's "Pushkin never completed this story." While I don't enjoy these conclusions, I appreciate Pushkin's ability to conclude at every paragraph.

"Dubrovsky" holds my attention, though references to 15th-century Robin Hood folklore are unavoidable. "The Queen of Spades" was a mildly supernatural tale, brief but at least finished. The strongest and most true to his style was "The Captain's Daughter," but the suppressed chapter was agonizing.

This is for Pushkin fans only!
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