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The Queen of Spades

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  6,530 ratings  ·  323 reviews
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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Published October 20th 2005 by Wildside Press (first published 1834)
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Feb 11, 2014 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
Apr 04, 2017 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,
Ahmad Sharabiani
Пиковая дама = Pikovaya dama = The Queen of Spades, Alexander Pushkin
The Queen of Spades (Russian: «Пиковая дама»; Pikovaya dama) is a short story with supernatural elements by Alexander Pushkin about human avarice. Pushkin wrote the story in autumn 1833 in Boldino and it was first published in the literary magazine Biblioteka dlya chteniya in March 1834. The story was the basis of the operas The Queen of Spades (1890) by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, La dame de pique (1850) by Fromental Halévy and
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tara by: Florencia
“Money often costs too much.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Queen of Spades is a well-paced, clever, engaging short story which examines gambling and the seemingly limitless capacity of the human heart for pure...well...selfishness and greed. It had me hooked, rapidly turning the pages right up until the very end. Pushkin’s prose was delightful, rich yet succinct, and also quite lively. He clearly had his tongue planted firmly in his cheek, or at least that’s how I interpreted it. In fact, I can’t for
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
Mohsin Maqbool
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Nikos Tsentemeidis
Από τη σπουδαία αυτή νουβέλα και τον Χέρμαν, τον ήρωα αυτής, επηρεάστηκαν ο Ντοστογιέφσκι με τον Παίκτη και ο Ναμπόκοφ με την Άμυνα του Λούζιν. Επίσης ο ίδιος ο Πούσκιν είναι επηρεασμένος από τον Φάουστ του Γκαίτε. Πραγματικά η ρωσική λογοτεχνία είναι τεράστια.
Nickolas the Kid
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: masterpieces
Ένα άλυτο και μυστηριώδες αίνιγμα. Μια αμφίσημη ιστορία. Το ανθρώπινο πάθος για εύκολο κέρδος. Ένα θανατηφόρο παιχνίδι. Η παράνοια...
Ένα εξαιρετικό διήγημα από τον Πούσκιν που έχει κάτι από το μυστήριο των διηγημάτων του Πόε και κάτι από τον μυστηριακό ρομαντισμό του ΕΤΑ Χόφμαν.
Μικρό αλλά φανερώνει το τεράστιο μέγεθος του δημιουργού του...
Ian D
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian-lit
"Του πλούτου αχορταγιά, τση δόξας πείνα, του χρυσαφιού ακριβιά καταραμένη..." γράφει στην Ερωφίλη ο Γεώργιος Χορτάτσης και θα' λεγε κανείς πως ο Pushkin κινείται πάνω στο ίδιο νήμα για να καταγράψει και να καταγγείλει την ανθρώπινη φιλαργυρία, την απληστία που είναι ικανή να φτάσει στην απάτη. Ίσως και στο θάνατο.

Τρία - επτά - άσσος. Τρία - επτά - ντάμα. Τρεις λέξεις, εξήντα σελίδες κι όμως ο συγγραφέας είναι ικανός μέσα από την αριστοτεχνική χρήση του λόγου να περάσει το μήνυμά του κάνοντας το
George K.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 19th-century
Πολύ ωραία, ευχάριστη και καλογραμμένη νουβέλα, με ατμόσφαιρα που θυμίζει όλα αυτά τα μυθιστορήματα της Ρομαντικής πεζογραφίας της εποχής, με τον συγγραφέα να καταφέρνει παράλληλα να κρατήσει σε μια κάποια αγωνία τον αναγνώστη, χάρη στην πλοκή και την όλη δομή της. Επίσης, σαν νουβέλα έχει και τις τσαχπινιές της, δηλαδή κάποιες ελαφριές δόσεις μυστηρίου και Φανταστικού! Μπορεί η ιστορία να είναι προϊόν μιας πολύ μακρινής εποχής, όμως με τον τρόπο που είναι γραμμένη, καταφέρνει να είναι ακόμα και ...more
This is an interesting short story of a man's greed and his ultimate destruction in its course. Though the work is short, Pushkin has well managed to lay down some fine characters to play out his tale. His writing is simple and precise and easy to read. I really enjoyed this short read and hope to read more of his works in the future.
Ammara Abid
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow, What a story!
Simply Amazing.
Sep 06, 2016 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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Steven Godin
This classic tale tells of an inveterate card player who develops a dangerous obsession with the secret of an old lady's luck, which he believes will lead to great wealth. Told against the background of young aristocrats drinking and gossiping, and one eager eyed German soldier, Hermann listening intriguing to the story of how the once reckless gambler, the now aged Countess Anna Fedotovna, lost and then regained her fortune. Hermann goes and seduces the young and beautiful Lizaveta Ivanovna in ...more
Oguz Akturk
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Dostoyevski nasıl Suç ve Ceza kitabında Raskolnikov karakteri tasarımı ve id kavramıyla öldürme ve hırsızlık arzusunu, ego kavramıyla bu olayların sorgulamasını, süper ego kavramıyla ise de Raskolnikov'un kıvranmaları ve bir türlü Napolyon olamayışlarını anlatmak istemişse, Puşkin de Maça Kızı kitabında Hermann karakteri tasarımı ve id kavramıyla kendini gerçekleştirme, kazanma ve elde etme arzusunu, ego kavramıyla bu olayların sürecinde
Ivana Books Are Magic
Nevjerojatno je da jedna pripovijest sadrži u sebi toliko dubine i tako razrađene likove. Pikovu damu sam počela čitati na ruskom, ali kako jako sporo čitam na ruskom, poslužila sam se audio verzijom knjige (ukoliko nekoga zanima ima ih hrpa na YouTube-u), no negdje na „pola puta“ odlučila sam pogledati jednu sovjetsku filmsku ekranizaciju koja mi je preporučena kao „klasična“. Doista je i bila takva, jer slijedi knjigu rečenicu po rečenicu, neka žena (glumica) čita one dijelove knjige koji nisu ...more
Μικρό, καλοφτιαγμένο και απολαυστικότατο!
Πρώτο έργο του Πούσκιν που διαβάζω και σίγουρα όχι το τελευταίο.
Francisca Pageo
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: estanteria
Pushkin fue uno de los grandes escritores del siglo XIX, tanto en Rusia como en el resto del mundo. Por ello, no es de extrañar que se editen, bellamente como en este caso, sus libros a lo largo de los años. Con la traducción inmejorable de Marta Sánchez-Nieves, tenemos La reina de Picas, uno de los clásicos que todo el mundo conoce –o debería conocer– en lo que se refiere a la literatura gótica y fantástica. Un relato que ha sido trasladado a la ópera por el compositor Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classica, russa
Pubblicato nel 1834, mette in scena il dramma del giovane German.
Trovatosi con una cospicua eredità passa le serate guardando gli amici che giocano a carte.
Dentro di sè un desiderio di darsi all'azzardo ma un monito che spesso si ripete lo frena:
"non sono in condizione di sacrificare il necessario nella speranza di acquisire il superfluo.”.

Ma le cose non andranno così...
Pregevole breve racconto dal sapore gotico che tanto mi ha ricordato Edgar Allan Poe...

"Due idee fisse non possono esistere c
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 ...
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Three, seven, ace!”
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 19th-century, russian
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
Jan 14, 2017 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.
Lady Jane
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Katriina ❆
Jan 23, 2015 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.
Sidharth Vardhan
"As he stared at the card it seemed to him that the queen winked one eye at him mockingly."
Jun 18, 2017 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.
Mεδ Rεδħα
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Hermann, un officier d'origine allemande, bien que passionné par le jeu, a toujours refusé d'y perdre de l'argent. Il ne joue donc jamais et se contente de regarder ses amis se livrer à leur passion des cartes. Mais pendant une longue nuit d'hiver en leur compagnie, après qu'ils ont joué et dîné fort tard, l'un d'eux, Tomski, en rapportant une anecdote sur sa grand-mère, Anna Fedotovna, change la perspective du jeune officier.

En effet le petit-fils raconte que la comtesse, grande joueuse devant
Ankit Saxena
Must say, One of the finest short stories from Alexander Pushkin.

Story started with a slow move, started gripping the mind with every page, created enthusiasm and ended perfectly with roll-over turn.

It really & truly deserves to be 5.0/5.0..
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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
“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.” 18 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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