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    Alexander Sergeievitch Pushkin(Author)

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Alexander Sergeievitch Pushkin (1799-1837) is considered Russia's greatest poet and, by many, the greatest Russian writer. The father of Russian literature, he first achieved fame for his long narrative poems similar to Lord Byron's. In the late 1820s, Pushkin turned to prose and produced a series of outstanding works, influencing all Russian writers who followed.

Text: Russian, English --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Considered to be the greatest Russian poet, Pushkin is also the pioneer of modern Russian literature. Introducing the use of vernacular speech, he amalgamates drama, poetry and satire in his works. He greatly influenced the Russian writers of all eras. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Sarah Galperin on October 2, 2008

    The Queen of Spades by Alexander PushkinThis ebook is a very good translation of Russia's most celebrated author -Alexander Pushkin. It is a good introduction into the works of a classic and exceptionally talented writer.

  • By A reader on January 16, 2012

    Pushkin's work is great. This edition is terrible. It is not the full story (short as the original story is) -- it is an adaptation, a shortened version, and most of the nuances are gone.

  • By Blaine Brende on February 1, 2011

    The amazon blurb says this book in in Russian with accented text. Perhaps the paper text is, but the kindle one is in what I think is Ukrainian and is not accented.

  • By Mr. D. James on June 1, 2016

    Pushkin. Alexander. The Queen of SpadesI remember the movie, starring Anton Walbrook and Edith Evans, and how it haunted me for days, so I couldn’t resist reading it in my battered, yellowed Faber and Faber hardback copy, Book Production War Economy Standard. This copy, published in 1943, became mine in December 1951, when I was doing Nationl Service on Salisbury Plain. It has a hand-printed number (F.58) indicating that it was my 58th novel, bought at Foyles in Charing Cross Road.Never a fan of horror stories or the supernatural, I was nevertheless held spellbound by Pushkin’s tale of a German soldier in St Petersburg who overhears about a rich old woman, a countess, no less, who was given a magic formula to win at cards. The old lady had recently gambled away her fortune and needed to recoup her losses, but by good fortune is given the magic formula by one St Germain. That is his function in the story - to give his grandmother the secret code of how to win at cards, something known in the trade as ‘the three card trick.’The story is told against the background of young aristocrats drinking and gossiping, and one eager German soldier Hermann listening intently to the story of how the once reckless gambler, the now aged Countess Anna Fedotovna, lost and then regained her fortune. But to cut to the chase … Hermann seduces young and beautiful Lizaveta Ivanovna in order to gain access to the bedroom of the Countess who refuses to reveal to him the sequence of the three cards, and when desperately he produces a pistol the Countess dies of a heart attack. Bad luck, Hermann! But the Countess isn’t finished yet, for her ghost appears to Hermann in a dream and on condition that he promises to marry her ward Lizaveta, tells him the secret sequence. Back at the card table the audience awaits while Hermann appears for three consecutive days, playing as instructed one of the magic cards each time.The reader is now on tenterhooks to see if and how the German can win. It would be too dastardly to reveal the answer, but the Queen of Spades comes into it and all ends happily for everyone - except the heartless German who goes out of his mind and remains in room Number 17 of the Obukhov Hospital. A wonderful story, delightfully told.

  • By Maurice Williams on May 31, 2004

    I read this short story as preparation for the reading of Alice Randall's latest novel "Pushkin and the Queen of Spades". The main character of Pushkin's short story is Hermann, a man who at the onset of the story appears to be a level headed and prudent engineer. He is able to observe his friends gambling for hours without participating. "I am very much interested in cards," Hermann says, "but I am not in a position to sacrifice the essential in the hope of acquiring the superfluous". After hearing a story of the Countess X and her secret to winning in cards, Hermann undertakes a ploy to romance the Countess's maiden in hopes of gaining access to the Countess and her secret. While I didn't find this story particularly moving or creative in a modern literary sense, I am excited to see how Randall will integrate Pushkin's original story with her latest novel.


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