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«La camera era piena di morti. La luna illuminava per le finestre i loro visi gialli e violacei, le bocche cavernose, gli occhi foschi e semichiusi, i nasi sporgenti ... le morte in cuffie e gale, i morti maschi, se funzionari, in uniforme ... i mercanti col caffettano della festa»: il fabbricante di bare ha invitato a cena i suoi clienti e Puškin può serrare in una morsa ...more
Paperback, Piccola Biblioteca Adelphi #413, 104 pages
Published 1998 by Adelphi (first published 1834)
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Hosna Yes and No :). It's a collection of a few stories. The Queen of spade is a short story, which uses card/gambling as a plot. It's a great story. Highly…moreYes and No :). It's a collection of a few stories. The Queen of spade is a short story, which uses card/gambling as a plot. It's a great story. Highly recommend. (less)
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Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian-lit
So I was refused entry on the bus home because I had a cup of coffee with me, "Get rid of the coffee or you're not getting on." It wasn't a case of No Food Consumed On Vehicle either, this guy was just a wanker. Apparently I've not reached the age where I have sufficient motor skills to hold something which essentially is a grown-up sippy cup without dropping it. God forbid my caffeinated drink would ruin the pristine condition of skanky buses with no air con or heating, chewing gum from 2005 st ...more
Andrei Tamaş
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cred că, din tot ce-am citit de Puşkin, romanul acesta este singurul care m-a făcut să reflectez asupra obârşiei emoţionale, stereotipice, a poporului rus (citisem mai întâi Puşkin, iar ulterior Dostoievski). Şi, după cele descrise în "Fata căpitanului", constat cu melancoliei că numai unui popor ca cel rus i-ar fi priit socialismul leninist. Şi nu e o anticipare de două secole (Puşkin scriind opera în secolul XVIII, iar Revoluţia Bolşevică având loc în 1917), e pur şi simplu pop
Sotiris Karaiskos
Μία πολύ ωραία συλλογή τεσσάρων ολοκληρωμένων και μη διηγημάτων του σπουδαίου Ρώσου συγγραφέα.

Στο πρώτο συναντάμε την αρχή μιας ρομαντικής ιστορίας με πρωταγωνιστή τον Αφρικανό προ-παππού του συγγραφέα που μας προϊδεάζει για μία ενδιαφέρουσα συνέχεια αλλά δυστυχώς η συγγραφή του σταματάει πολύ νωρίς για να μπορέσουμε να βγάλουμε κάποιο συμπέρασμα.

Στο δεύτερο έχουμε μία πιο ολοκληρωμένη ιστορία μου θυμίζει κάτι από τα μυθιστορήματα της Ann Radcliffe. Παρά τη συντομία της είναι συναρπαστική και
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this collection of 6 short stories by the “father of Russian literature”.
brinson leigh
Sep 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timeless and accessible writing. I thoroughly appreciated Pushkin`s stories infused with seeds of historical trivia and perspective. I also enjoyed his use of humor and irony to mock comedic, sentimental, or ironic writing. As was I impressed with his successful addresses to the audience... in fact, he pulls off many things I`m traditionally not a fan of ... kudos! An aside, the translation is brilliant... it`s hard to seperate authors really, but amazing word choices and phrasing. ...more
Dec 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alexandr Pushkin is a wonderful storyteller. He is insightful and my opinion Russia's greatest poet (followed closely by Anna Akhmatova).
If you're looking for other stories from Russian authors I would also recommend Gogol, Bulgokov, and the lesser appreciated Turgenev (I loved Fathers and Sons). I mean really you just can't go wrong.
[3.5] Pushkin from Pushkin Press. (This is at once amusing symmetry, and a little too on-the-nose. First time I've read him. This collection is mostly poetry.) Translation by Anthony Briggs, whose War & Peace I'd have read if it were available as an ebook two years ago; glad to read more of his at last.

'The Queen of Spades'; 'The Stationmaster':
More than cosy enough in the way perfectly characteristic of C19th classics. (A paper book of these, read after nightfall, beside a fire, teeters on
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tre brevi incantevoli racconti, di cui La dama di picchè è il più famoso. Forse anche il più bello, non saprei fare una graduatoria. Posso dire che il racconto, che narra dell’irrefrenabile ambizione di un giovane con pochi mezzi economici che lo condurrà alla follia, è un perfetto equilibrio di stili, dal romantico al fantastico al gotico, tenuti insieme da una scrittura brillante e da una sottile ironia. Vorrei parlare di uno degli altri due racconti, Il mastro di posta. Mi è piaciuto molto. Q ...more
Feb 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've lately developed quite an interest in the fabulous Russian literature. And Pushkin, well, he's supposedly one of the most fabulous Russians. I've been quite afraid of him - I somehow had an image of monstrous romantic poetry.
How very wrong I was.
Pushkin combines wonderous Russian fairytales, historical fiction and makes it all so interesting that you're feeling as if you were watching an 18th century soap opera. And Dubrovsky. By Jove what a man.
And did I mention that Alexander is a fantas
Ioan Suhov
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Îmbinând o multitudine de perspective, proza lui Pușkin nu poate decât să te facă să te întrebi: où est la Russie d'antan?
Lăsând la o parte acțiunea, se remarcă nestăvilita nădejde în Bine. La Pușkin, cu toții "sfârșim bine". Cumva, destinul pare să rezolve totul -, chiar dacă, până la urmă: tempus edax rerum..
O proză absolutamente remarcabilă prin claritate și discursivitate.
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
همشون رو دوست داشتم
In this collection of short fiction, many of the pieces are unfinished fragments. This is so frustrating, as Pushkin writes brilliantly and within a few pages drags the reader into the story. However, they are still worth reading for their vivid descriptions of country estates and pithy observations of Russian society.

My favourite stories were The Negro of Peter the Great - a historical tale based on the story of Pushkin's own Ethiopian great-grandfather, Dubrovsky - the adventures of a nobl
Yuki Black
O colecție de proze scrise de Aleksandr Pușkin, de la povestiri cu un aer straniu ce vestesc răzbunarea unei fantome până la luptele eroice duse de diverși comandanți cu tâlharii ce împresoară o Rusie friguroasă și bătrână. ,,Dama de pică'' reprezintă genul de povestire care te sperie, în care o bătrână pare a deține secretul jocurilor de cărți și care posedă puterea de a ghici ce carte va aduce o avere colosală. ,,Kirdjali'' prezintă povestea unui hoț ce ajunge în mâinile autoritățile, pentru a ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My review is not based on these editions or English translations as I didn’t read any of these. However, I am familiar with all the stories, which I have read in two different languages and a few different books (I have consulted at least 4 books, and read the one I thought were more reliable and close to the original). Most of these stories I have read were made possible by the wonderful translation works by Progress Publishers, Moscow. Progress Publishers were one of the three publication hous ...more
Debra B.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clevery written, I enjoyed the stories in this book. A nice slice of Russan life during the early 1800s.
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah cîtă plăcere am primit citind această cartea minunată! Mă minunează frumusețea și simplitatea limbii. Sunt exeltată de capacitatea autorului de a fi actual chiar și peste sute de ani, el nu este doar actual dar crează impresia că trăiește toate aceste timpuri, chiar și acum. Limbajul cu care se expune este ușor, simplu, fin, dar în același timp...perfect.

"Zicalele sănătoase sunt uimitor de folositoare atunci cînd nu putem născoci altceva mai bun."
"Două idei fixe nu pot exista laolaltă în mint
Pete daPixie
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having recently read and enjoyed the 'The Captain's Daughter', I had to explore more of Alexander Pushkin's prose and this book was the only other sample available in my local library. I wish there was more.
The contents of 'The Queen of Spades and other stories' occupy some two hundred and forty pages, of which 'The Captains Daughter' takes the largest portion of over a hundred. The five short essays that are the 'Tales of the late Ivan Petrovich Belkin' namely 'The Shot', 'The Snowstorm', 'The
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 30-in-2011
Fantastic stories, although 2 are unfortunately incomplete. Pushkin's writing is so fantastic that I feel like I could actually relate to and immerse myself in 18th century Russia amidst rebels and Robin Hood like figures and land squabbles. The most bizarre thing to me was that there are several references, in various stories to "gingers." I'm naive (and happily so) to things like that, but I totally thought South Park made 'ginger' into a ridiculous taunt to people with beautiful red hair. Evi ...more
Aug 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wise friend once mentioned that he hadn't met one of the Russian writers that he hadn't liked. Pushkin is certainly no exception, though his style is interestingly different from the others of the classic Russian canon. It's reminds me of Hemingway, though these particular stories don't seem to reach as high. Though not stories I would die without being able to read, they are still very good.
Dec 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2007
Let's put it this way...Pushkin is one of my new favorite authors! I am embarassed to say that I have never read anything from Pushkin before this, and I'm craving for more...lots more. He is such a phenomenal story teller. As you read, you just become more and more interested in the characters and development. I have lots more to read from this genius. (I only gave it four stars because I was afraid this collection and translation doesn't do Pushkin justice...and I've yet to read more...)
Ben Lovegrove
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb short stories. "The Captain's Daughter" is a gripping narrative. The Tales of Belkin are like a parody of Hoffmann with the premise of being written by someone else. There is a fragment of semi fictional biography of Pushkin's ancestor in the unfinished story, Peter the Great's Blackamoor.
The notes are useful at putting things in historical context and explaining Russian nuances.
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a man Pushkin was.

What's most startling about Pushkin and this collection is how modern and relatable the stories are -both in theme and language- ... you wouldn't think in this day and age of silly technology that a guy from 19th century Russia would be so open to connection.
Hind Riyadh
نهايه كل قصه تجعلك تشعر بأنك تقرأ قصص للاطفال نهايه سريعه جدا وغير وافيه ولا تليق ببدايه القصه
الشئ الوحيد الذي جعل لهذه المجموعة القصصية ذكرى خاصة هي انني قرأتها دفعة واحدة في محاظره التغذية وكنت أقرأ الكثيير في هذه المحاظره والغريب اني نجحت بها وبتقدير جيد جدا
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pushkin is amazingly readable, and many of the stories are charming. VERY good read.
Sep 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread all but Peter the Great's Blackamoor

Much more enjoyable than I remember it being. The Captain's Daughter is a masterpiece. The Belkin Tales are fun.
Joachim Viktil
The first half had a great short story, but then the second half had several bits of poems. Some of these didn't appeal to me, but I world recommend the first half.
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pushkin, what a delight! He’s fun. I feel like he’s more lighthearted than his (now more famous) countrymen.
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful touching, scary, and at times humorous stories.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book with very good short stories which really provides you with an understanding of Russian history and culture. Particularly loved Dubrovsky story. Unfortunately Pushkin didn't get around to finishing it so I guess it is left for the reader to come up with the ending for themselves.

Great book! Recommend it!!
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pushkin is considered to be the father of Russian literature, he was admired by Dostoevsky and inspired Gogol for his famous "Dead Souls". This collection of short stories shows his majesty in creating memorable characters - the archetypal Russian character and his talent in the land of storytelling.
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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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“For whom are you preserving your secret? For your grandsons? They are rich enough without it; they do not know the worth of money. Your cards would be of no use to a spendthrift. He who cannot preserve his paternal inheritance, will die in want, even though he had a demon at his service. I am not a man of that sort; I know the value of money. Your three cards will not be thrown away upon me. Come!” ... He paused and tremblingly awaited her reply. The Countess remained silent; Hermann fell upon his knees. “If your heart has ever known the feeling of love,” said he, “if you remember its rapture, if you have ever smiled at the cry of your newborn child, if any human feeling has ever entered into your breast, I entreat you by the feelings of a wife, a lover, a mother, by all that is most sacred in life, not to reject my prayer. Reveal to me your secret. Of what use is it to you? . . . May be it is connected with some terrible sin, with the loss of eternal salvation, with some bargain with the devil.... Reflect,—you are old; you have not long to live—I am ready to take your sins upon my soul. Only reveal to me your secret. Remember that the happiness of a man is in your hands, that not only I, but my children, and grandchildren will bless your memory and reverence you as a saint. . . .” The old Countess answered not a word. Hermann rose to his feet. “You old hag!” he exclaimed, grinding his teeth, “then I will make you answer!” With these words he drew a pistol from his pocket. At” 0 likes
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