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Pushkin's version of the historical novel in the style of Walter Scott, this final prose work also reflects his fascination with and research into Russian history of the 18th century. During the reign of Catherine the Great, the young Grinev sets out for his new career in the army and en route performs an act of kindness by giving his warm coat to a man freezing in a blizz ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by Hesperus Press (first published 1836)
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Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ilse by: Florencia
Something About Pushkin
It’s hard to say something about Pushkin to a person who doesn’t know anything about him. Pushkin is a great poet. Napoleon is not as great as Pushkin. Bismarck compared to Pushkin is a nobody. And the Alexanders, First, Second and Third, are just little kids compared to Pushkin. In fact, compared to Pushkin, all people are little kids, except Gogol. Compared to him, Pushkin is a little kid.
And so, instead of writing about Pushkin, I would rather write about Gogol.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Капитанская дочка = Kapitanskaya dochka = The Captain's Daughter, Alexander Pushkin

The Captain's Daughter is an historical novel by the Russian writer Alexander Pushkin. It was first published in 1836 in the fourth issue of the literary journal Sovremennik. The novel is a romanticized account of Pugachev's Rebellion in 1773–1774.

Pyotr Andreyich Grinyov is the only surviving child of a retired army officer. When Pyotr turns 17, his father sends him into military service in Orenburg. En route Pyo
I am familiar with Pushkin's writing. And whereas I prefer Pushkin the Poet, I can say with absolute certainty that, in fact, I enjoyed this novella but for other somewhat unexpected reasons. I found the plot so enthralling that I could not put this book down. Historical facts and pure fiction are interwoven as a single reality which eventually prompted me to read more about Russian history in order to comprehend the political and social background and Pushkin's points of view on them.

The contex
Bill Kerwin
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novella, russian

The short novel The Captain’s Daughter (1836) is the last of Pushkin’s great achievements; he published it in his thirty-seventh year, months before the duel that led to his death.

The proof of its genius is that, although it often seems to be many books at once—a near-parody of a naive young officer’s memoir, a realistic depiction of a godforsaken military backwater, an accurate historical novelization of an often brutal Russian rebellion, an unabashedly romantic tale in which the hero rescues h
The Captain’s Daughter was not at all what I expected from a Russian writer. My first Pushkin, and I really don’t know what to think. It is almost a farcical story about young love. It was easy reading, but not much depth to it; like watching a b-rate swashbuckler movie.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Listen," said Pugachev with a sort of wild inspiration. "I'll tell you a tale that I heard as a child from an old Kalmyk woman. Once an eagle asked a raven: 'Tell me, raven-bird, why do you live three hundred years in the wide world, and I all in all thirty-three?' 'Because, my dear friend,' the raven answered him, 'you drink living blood, while I feed on dead meat.' The eagle thought: 'Let's us try feeding on the same.' Good. So the eagle and the raven flew off. They saw a dead horse; they fle ...more
The Captain’s Daughter, Pushkin’s novella ostensibly about young lovers caught up in Pugachev’s peasant-Cossack revolt against Catherine the Great, bored me to tears in college; but I wanted to reacquaint myself with it in order to read “Pushkin and Pugachev,” Marina Tsvetaeva’s critical essay, and companion to her astounding memoir "My Pushkin." Now, that may be putting the critical cart before the creative horse, but Tsvetaeva is a great poet, too, and “criticism” a poor word for her ecstatic ...more
“Pugatchov was watching me intently, occasionally screwing up his left eye with an extraordinary expression of slyness and mockery. At last he laughed with such unaffected gaiety that, as I looked at him, I laughed, too, without knowing why.”

I really enjoyed this, my first of Pushkin’s prose. It is a tale of Pugatchov’s Rebellion of 1773-4, when a Cossack leader pretending to be the deceased emperor Peter III led Cossacks and peasants to revolt in an insurrection against the government of Cather
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
This short book was entertaining but considering it is an historical novel recounting an uprising by Cossacks against the empress in the 1770s , the tone didn’t quite work for me. The narrator, the hero of the story is a young nobleman sent to serve in a far outpost. He’s young , frivolous and careless and I didn’t really care about him much. He has almost a pantomime bad guy, enemy in the character of Chvabrine, a rival for the girl and a turncoat who fights with the rebels. Perhaps it was the ...more
Alternate title: The Captain's Daughter

The Daughter of the Commandant by Alexander Pushkin is a fictional novella, a romanticized retelling of the Cossack Rebellion led by Yemelyan Ivanovich Pugachev during 1773 and1774, under the reign of Catherine II, usually referred to as Catherine the Great.
(Wiki info on the history of the rebellion: )

Pyotr, the son of a renown but now retired Russian military officer is sent by his father to Orenburg, 1478 km / 91
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Finally, Pushkin! I am more and more convinced that Russian literature is where it's at. I will continue to explore the wonders that have come from that mystical region that, upon my word, one day I shall visit!

Anyhow, I've been meaning to get my hands into some Pushkin for a while, but I was never lucky in terms of finding any books by him around where I live. Yesterday I came across a street vendor who had this gem to sell, and I jumped at the opportunity. Today I devoured this beautiful novel
~Merrideth Hawk ~Filthy Fahrenheit Book Blog~
Pushkin. Period.
It all resides in the lack thereof.
As Sinyavsky perfectly noted "Emptiness is Pushkin's content. Without it he would not be full, he would not be, just as there is no fire without air, no breathing in without breathing out."
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, classics, owned
Effortlessly readable, a masterstroke in storytelling, The Captain’s Daughter is a great work by Pushkin.

It's a love story surrounding historical events from Russia. No need to say anything about the author who is already praised by many for his phenomenal work; especially his literary descendants like Destovesky and Tolstoy who are immensely influenced by him.

In this novel, the protagonist is a simple yet straight forward young man, sent by his father for Army training wherein he falls in love
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Pushkin is my Elvis. This is an adventure story at heart but written with the style and quality you'd expect from Pushkin. An interesting thing about the edition I have is that it's a 1960s Soviet Union copy so it has footnotes explaining why any passages that seem polite about royalty are actually not the real views of the author and must be guarded against. ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Those among us who plot impossible revolutions are either young and do not know our people, or are hard-hearted men, for whom another man’s head is worth little, and their own but little more.”
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Russian literature is way out of my comfort zone, but this was the short story group read in the Catching up on Classics group and available on Serial Reader, so I thought I’d try it. Our hero is sent into the army by his father. Accompanied by a servant he gets lost in a snow storm on the way to enlisting. They are saved by a stranger who directs them to an inn and Peter gives a jacket and money to the stranger, much against his servants wishes. He ends up in a small fort out on the steppes whe ...more
Elena Sala
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nyrb, russian
THE CAPTAIN'S DAUGHTER is considered a founding text of the 19th century Russian novel so if you enjoy Russian literature, it is a good idea to read this short novel. The story is a fictionalised account of Pugachev's historical rebellion, when the Cossacks rose up against Catherine II between 1773 and 1775. It is presented as a memoir, written towards the end of his life by Pyotr Grinyov, a provincial nobleman.
Pushkin actually investigated this historical event and wrote largely about it. Howev
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-books
It's Pushkin,end of the story. Technically, that should be enough as a review. Still, lets drag a little bit and remember what a remarkable writer and a genius Pushkin is, for the 'Nth' time.

A story filled with adventure, drama and real life. There's so much of real life in it, it will basically connect with you. I have lost count of the number of times I read this but, every single time, I felt it, I felt it in somewhere deep. Set in 1700s, the captain's story is the perfect little story about
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Read when I was 17. Beautiful story about love during peasant uprisings in the late eighteenth century in Russia.
Jan 30, 2021 rated it did not like it
This book is so short I thought I could endure to the end, but at 20% I just couldn't handle one more second of reading. The thought of picking it up felt akin to torture.

I'm currently reading War and Peace, which I'm loving, and I guess because they're both Russian I was heavily comparing and this novel was severely lacking in the comparison.

Another problem is that I don't know the history behind this book, which could've made it more enjoyable. I just hated everything about it, especially th
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I mean ... it was fine but I’ve already forgotten the story and I finished it half a day ago so HOW has this book withstood the test of time?
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
A historical love-, war- and coming of age- story. It was so interesting to see how the stubborn boy turned into an honourable and wise man who faithfully stands up for his duties and loved ones. And all this takes place against the backdrop of a gruesome war.

The relationship between the narrator and Pugatschow was also very interesting. They were enemies, but still found a way to deal with each other, not with friendship but with honor and honesty. I would have loved the author to go even deepe
Jan 05, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Above all this is a romance. Young love conquers adversity and wins in the end.
Apr 06, 2012 marked it as to-read
Will read this because of this:

E-text prepared by Robert Shimmin, Gene Smethers, and the Project Gutenberg Online Distributed Proofreading Team

A Russian Romance

Translated by Mrs. Milne Home (Authoress of "Mamma's Black Nurse Stories," "West Indian Folklore")

I. Sergeant of the Guards
II. The Guide
III. The Little Fort
IV. The Duel
V. Love
VI. Pugatchéf
VII. The Assault
VIII. The Unexpected Visi
Kaiva Koenig
This read like an overly indulgent self insert fanfiction. Protagonist has similar (read: identical) upbringing to protagonist of Eugene Onegin (and likely author himself LOL), however subsequent events in protagonist's life seem exceedingly less and less believable as time goes on. He really does get into a lot of scrapes and often finds his way out of trouble by relying on dumb luck alone... which always seems to work without fail, because... self insert fanfiction //waves hands.

Only saving gr
Descending Angel
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pushkin
I don't know why it's taken me so long to get round to Pushkin, I've really enjoyed his works so far, this being the best. A romanticized account of Pugachev's Rebellion that took place in 1773/1774. A great story with my only complaint being the cliché tidy-up, happily ever after ending. ...more
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
four and a half stars. I demand satisfaction.
Moushine Zahr
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first novel I read from Russian classic author Alexander Pushkin and will read more from him in the future. I read recently two others similarly great 19th century authors: Anton Tchekov and Ivan Tougueniev.

In this short, concise, and clear novel, the author showcased his full talent by writing a great history-fiction novel, which contains several themes. All the characters are well developed and detailed and no character is not important to the story. This novel is about the coming
Nada Elfeituri
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Ah, Russian literature, how you tease me. First it was War and Peace, which I somehow miraculously weathered until about halfway through, before finally giving up like a tortured soul that finally breaks under their interrogator's whip. Or Notes from the Underground, which I have tried on three separate occasions to read and never even making it past the second chapter. But still I try, in the hopes that my poor uncultured brain will finally see the elusive Big Deal of Russian lit.
We are introdu
Shahzad Ahmed
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: russia
Really amazing story.
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Russian: Александр Сергеевич Пушкин
French: Alexandre Pouchkine
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