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{Read E-pub} ê Пиковая дама ⚝ 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 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 wereThe Negro of Peter the Greata historical tale based on the story of Pushkin s own Ethiopian great grandfather,Dubrovskythe adventures of a nobleman who loses his property in an unjust lawsuit and becomes a bandit, andThe Queen of Spadesthe famous story of a young gambler who becomes obsessed with the idea that an old lady has mystical powers that could win him a fortune.Smoothly translated, a wonderful collection that shows the genius of Pushkin s writing. In the final story of this collection, there s an episode in which a male character makes good use of the last shot in a round of ammunition In the same tale, a female character makes very good use of the only ammunition she possesses her ability to recount a story Yes, the Captain s daughter, of the story of the same name, succeeds in telling her version of the 1775 Pugachev rebellion to the empress regent, Catherine the Great, with such powerful effect that she succeeds in clearing the name of someone very dear to her Alexander Pushkin is very good at telling stories too In the first story of the collection, he chooses to recount his version of the life of someone dear to him his maternal great grandfather Ibrahim Gannibal Ibrahim was a page who had been gifted to Peter the Great by the Ottoman Sultan, having originally been kidnapped from his home in Central Africa in the early 1700s Pushkin fictionalises the story but retains enough elements for us to get a clear grasp of the life his great grandfather led in the Russian court until he married Pushkin s great grandmother by order of Peter the Great The story is unfinished, as is another in the collection, but that didn t bother me at all because Ibrahim s story contains many interesting details regarding life in Russia at that time, or at least the life of the nobility and their servants That story also presents an interesting portrait of Peter the Great We hear how he imposed Western habits and styles on the nobility, forcing the men to shave off their beards and eventually taxing those who refused We see him visiting the docks in St Petersburg which were built during his reign, and overseeing the shipbuilding works, another passion of his connected to his ambitions to acquiresea coast for his empire Under his reign, Russian territory increased as far as the Black Sea Under the reign of Catherine the Great, in the second half of the eighteenth century, the territory was further extended towards the Caspian Sea and across the Caucasus mountains towards Persian and Ottoman territories Catherine the Great traveling in the Caucuses.I chose to read this book because I d just read Mikhail Lermontov s A Hero of Our Time which pointed me towards Pushkin Now this book, plus Pushkin s Tales of Belkin and Other Prose Writings, which I ve since read, has filled me in perfectly on some of the history behind the geography which had fascinated me while reading about Lermontov s narrator s travels in the Caucasus Perfect. 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. I really enjoyed this collection of 6 short stories by the father of Russian literature.