The Queen of Spades and Other Stories, Paperback Book

The Queen of Spades and Other Stories Paperback

Edited by Andrew Kahn

Part of the Oxford World's Classics series

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The Queen of Spades has long been acknowledged as one of the world's greatest short stories.

In this classic literary representation of gambling, Alexander Pushkin explores the nature of obsession.

Hints of the occult and gothic alternate with scenes of St Petersburg high-society in the story of the passionate Hermann's quest to master chance and make his fortune at the card-table.

Underlying the taut plot is an ironical treatment of the romantic dreamer and social outcast.

This volume contains three other major works of Pushkin's fiction, moving from the witty parodies of sentimentalism and high melodrama in The Tales of Belkin to an early experiment with recreating the past in Peter the Great's Blackamoor.

It concludes with the novel-length masterpiece The Captain's Daughter, which combines historical fiction in the manner of Sir Walter Scott with the colour and devices of the Russian fairy-tale in a narrative of rebellion and romance.

These new translations, as well as being meticulously faithful to the original, do full justice to the elegance and fluency of Pushkin's prose. The Introduction provides insightful readings of the stories and places them in their European literary context.

A chronology of the Pugachov Uprising illuminates the events in The Captain's Daughter.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780199538652

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Pushkin is a one of the most significant Russian authors. He was read in schools all across Russia and is one of the most pivotal Russian authors of all time. The Queen of Spades is a brilliant tale that addresses the intrigue, mystery and suddenness of life as well as the fatality of avarice. He writes in such a way that it is nothing like I've read before. I can't describe how smooth and good the diction is. It is so readable because one can not only relate to it so well but it sort of has a fairy tale element to it. I highly suggest anyone interested in Russian Literature, novellas of intrigue and mystique or just the want for a good selection of stories to pick this book up.

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The invasion of Ukraine by Russia has just begun as I write this. I can not help but try to find reasons for the invasion in the stories: the acceptance or rather the expectation of improbable and bewildering fate plays a role in these stories, the prevalence of force and violence?The Queen of Spaces and The Captain's Daughter are wonderful stories.

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