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The Queen of Spades

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Aleksander Sergeyevich Pushkin (1799-1837) 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 influencin ...more
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Published January 15th 2009 by Dodo Press (first published 1834)
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Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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,
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
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.
Ammara Abid
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, What a story!
Simply Amazing.
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
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
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.
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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.

Born in Moscow,
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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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