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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.
Paperback, 52 pages
Published October 20th 2005 by Wildside Press (first published 1834)
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Florencia
Feb 11, 2014 Florencia rated it it was amazing
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
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Brina
Apr 04, 2017 Brina rated it really liked it
Alexander Pushkin is widely known as Russia's master poet. He also published a variety of stories and his best known prose is The Queen of Spades, first published in 1833. Later a Tchaikovsky opera, The Queen of Spades is a short tale of greed that left me intrigued throughout.

Hermann the officer was in need of money desperately. He found out from his comrade Tomsky that his grandmother Countess Anna Fedorovna once got out of debt by winning in cards. Her tale is sixty years old and as it ages,
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Mohsin Maqbool
Oct 17, 2016 Mohsin Maqbool rated it it was amazing
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Writer and Poet Aleksander Pushkin, Palekh School of Painting.

RUSSIAN writers have a way of telling stories that have you gripped on the edge of your chair and your eyes hooked on the written word. You neither leave your chair nor take your eyes of the book till you have read the last word. And then the story gets etched in your mind forever like a stupendous photograph.
Alexander Pushkin's "The Queen of Spades" starts at the house of a cavalry officer where gambling has just ended. There are th
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars. This classic Russian short story is an odd, mystical tale of greed and avarice, and the choices we make in life. A group of military men is gambling at cards, a few of them 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 d ...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
Jokoloyo
Sep 06, 2016 Jokoloyo rated it really liked it
This is a classic light fantasy thriller. I won't discuss the content much, you must enjoy the story yourself. The story hit me hard at the climax. I put spoiler tag for further discussion.

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Lady Jane
Aug 08, 2016 Lady Jane rated it it was amazing
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Fernando
Jul 07, 2015 Fernando rated it really liked it
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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.
Peter
Jun 18, 2017 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story from my first encounter with Pushkin and damned good to.

It'going to be a pleasure to explore more of his work.
Jelena
Jan 14, 2017 Jelena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sa Puškinom je super to što on veoma sažeto, zbijeno piše, a opet to sve obiluje sa više stvari no kod nečijeg romana od 700 stranica.

U Pikovoj dami pratimo Hermana, porijeklom Njemca, ali čija se porodica rusifikovala, i njegov položaj i želju za boljim položajem u društvu. Priča počinje pričom, odnostno svojevrsnom legedim ili čak mitom o jednoj grofici koja zna tri karte koje stalno dobijaju.
Herman, kao neko ko nije aristokrata, a želi viši položaj u društvu, pokušava da se domogne te tajne.
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Luís C.
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 ...
Katriina ❆
Jan 23, 2015 Katriina ❆ rated it liked it
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.
Azaghedi
Feb 15, 2012 Azaghedi rated it really liked it
Shelves: russian, 19th-century
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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Nádia Batista
Aug 24, 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
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Ira Bespalova
Jul 10, 2009 Ira Bespalova rated it it was amazing
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.
Bettie☯
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Çağdaş T
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.
Laura
This is the first book I've read by this author and I really loved it. MORE please.
Sidharth Vardhan
"As he stared at the card it seemed to him that the queen winked one eye at him mockingly."
Chari
Apr 02, 2017 Chari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Mi primer acercamiento a Pushkin no ha podido ser más satisfactorio. Con un ligero toque gótico es una lectura muy breve de las que dejan muy buen sabor una vez finalizada.
Catarina
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
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Ahmed Rashed
Aug 07, 2012 Ahmed Rashed rated it it was amazing
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
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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Inês Beato
Aug 30, 2014 Inês Beato rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, owned-paper
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.
Asséil Bokharouba
This is the first work I've read by the talented Pushkin.
Luan Morina
Aug 17, 2015 Luan Morina rated it it was amazing
ni tregim i shkurter per koprracine e njeriut... teper mire i shtjellum, teper...
Laurel Hicks
Add a bit more drama to the end, and this story would make a good opera.
WhatIReallyRead
Wow.

P.s. The ending was a little abrupt, though. This could have been a great novel.
vetathebooksurfer
Aug 13, 2015 vetathebooksurfer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recent read, just to pass the time
Toni Cifuentes
Apr 10, 2017 Toni Cifuentes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy buen relato, considerado por Bloom como el mejor de los que escribió. Es interesante el modo en que el narrador salta de personaje en personaje y va encajando las escenas que se suceden, incluso utilizando para ello saltos temporales muy bien planteados. Es un relato para releer y admirar en su construcción, que hacia el tercio final gana en ritmo y atrapa sobremanera. El final es algo soso, pero toda la narración en su complejidad armónica está tan bien hecho que importa muy poco
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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 ever since and greatly influencing later Russian writers.

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“Two fixed ideas can no more exist together in the moral world than two bodies can occupy one and the same place in the physical world.” 17 likes
“Herman stood before her. She drew back at sight of him, trembling violently. "Where have you been?" she asked in a frightened whisper. "In the bedchamber of the Countess. She is dead," was the calm reply. "My God! What are you saying?" cried the girl. "Furthermore, I believe that I was the cause of her death." The words of Tomsky flashed through Lisa's mind. Herman sat down and told her all. She listened with a feeling of terror and disgust. So those passionate letters, that audacious pursuit were not the result of tenderness and love. It was money that he desired. The poor girl felt that she had in a sense been an accomplice in the death of her benefactress. She began to weep bitterly. Herman regarded her in silence. "You are a monster!" exclaimed Lisa, drying her eyes. "I didn't intend to kill her; the pistol was not even loaded.” 0 likes
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