Saturday 25 June 2016

Book Review: The Queen of Spades and Other Stories by Alexander Pushkin

Title: The Queen of Spades and Other Stories
Author: Alexander Pushkin
Publisher: Oxford World Classics
Publication Date: 2009 (1834)
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Genre: Classics
Source: Gift

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This volume contains new translations of four of Pushkin's best works of fiction. The Queen of Spades has long been acknowledged as one of the world's greatest short stories, in which Pushkin explores the nature of obsession. The Tales of Belkin are witty parodies of sentimentalism, while Peter the Great's Blackamoor is an early experiment with recreating the past. The Captain's Daughter is a novel-length masterpiece which combines historical fiction in the manner of Sir Walter Scott with the devices of the Russian fairy-tale. The Introduction provides close readings of the stories and places them in their European literary context. (Goodreads Synopsis)

This book offers a delightful collection of Pushkin's short stories. Having previously read only Eugene Onegin, I was looking forward to delving into Pushkin's prose in a more standard format, and I wasn't disappointed. I enjoyed all the stories in this book, but my favourites were The Queen of Spades and The Captain's Daughter. If you are a fan of Russian literature, these short tales are certain to delight.

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