The queen of spades and other stories dover thrift editions alexander pushkin on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers alexander pushkin 1799 1837 russias greatest poet and a versatile writer whose great gifts and profoundly russian sensibility influenced all of modern russian literature. This volume contains new translations of four of pushkins best works of fiction the queen of spades has long been acknowledged as one of the worlds greatest short stories in which pushkin explores the nature of obsessionthe tales of belkin are witty parodies of sentimentalism while peter the greats blackamoor is an early experiment with recreating the past. The queen of spades russian translit 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 . The queen of spades stands at the peak of pushkins achievement in prose writing the story was popular with the general reading public at the time particularly for its striking plot the story . The queen of spades is surely pushkins prose masterpiece one of the greatest short stories ever written and the source of tchaikovskys opera the irish times dublin he is a great story teller the toby litt of his day you might say and this translation knocks all the others i have seen two into a cocked hat terrific
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