First published in 1831, Belkin’s Stories was the first completed work of fiction by the founding father of Russian literature. Through a series of interlinked stories purporting to have been told by various narrators to the recently deceased country squire Ivan Belkin, Pushkin offers his own variation on themes and genres that were popular in his day and provides a vivid portrayal of the Russian people.
From the story of revenge served cold in ‘The Shot’ to the havoc wreaked by a blizzard on the life of two young lovers, from the bittersweet tones of ‘The Postmaster’ to the supernatural atmosphere of ‘The Undertaker’, this collection – presented here in a brand-new translation by Roger Clarke – sparkles with humour and is a testament to the brilliance and versatility of Pushkin’s mind.
Contains: ‘The Shot’, ‘The Blizzard’, ‘The Undertaker’, ‘The Postmaster’, ‘Young Miss Peasant’, ‘A History of Goryukhino Village’.
This collection of Pushkin’s stories begins with ‘The Queen of Spades’, perhaps the most celebrated short story in Russian literature. The young Hermann, while watching some friends gambling, hears a rumour of how an officer’s grandmother is always able to predict the three winning cards in a game. He becomes obsessed with the woman and her seemingly mystical powers, and seeks to extract the secret from her at any cost.
This volume, part of a new series of the complete works of Pushkin in English, also includes ‘Dubrovsky’, the story of a man’s desire to avenge himself after his land is unjustly taken from him by an aristocrat; ‘The Negro of Peter the Great’, a tale inspired by Pushkin’s maternal grandfather; and the unfinished story ‘Egyptian Nights’, a meditation on poetry and the poet. Together, they represent some of the most striking and enduring pieces of Pushkin’s prose fiction.
The full list of stories contained is as follows: ‘The Queen of Spades’, ‘Kirdzhali’, ‘The Negro of Peter the Great’, ‘The Guests Were Arriving at the Dacha…’, ‘A Novel in Letters’, ‘Notes of a Young Man’, ‘My Fate Is Sealed: I Am Getting Married’, ‘A Fragment’, ‘In the Corner of a Small Square’, ‘Roslavlev’, ‘A Novel at a Caucasian Spa’, ‘Dubrovsky’, ‘A Tale of Roman life’, ‘Maria Schoning’, A Russian Pelham’, ‘We Were Spending the Evening at Princess D.’s Dacha’, ‘Egyptian Nights’, ‘In 179– I was Returning’, ‘The Last of the Lineage of Joan of Arc’
Set during the Pugachov rebellion against Catherine the Great, The Captain's Daughter was Pushkin's only completed novel and remains one of his most popular works. The inexperienced and impetuous young nobleman Pyotr Grinyev is sent on military service to a remote fortress, where he falls in love with Masha, Captain Mironov's daughter – but then the ruthless Cossack Pugachov lays siege to the stronghold, setting in motion a tragic train of events.
This volume also contains another work by Pushkin on the same theme, A History of Pugachov, which presents an impartial, meticulously researched history of the revolt, but was regarded in aristocratic circles as subversive on its publication. Together, these two works provide a fascinating insight into the character of the peasant who tried to overthrow an empress, written with the clarity and insight of Russia's greatest poet.
Puskin's masterpieces in prose, in sparkling new translations by the award-winning Pevear and Volokhonsky. The father of Russian literature, Pushkin is beloved not only for his poetry but also for his brilliant stories, which range from dramatic narratives of love, obsession and betrayal to lively comic tales, and from satirical epistolary tales to imaginative historical fiction. This volume includes all Pushkin's prose in brilliant new translations, including his masterpieces 'The Queen of Spades', 'The Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin' and 'The Captain's Daughter'.
One of Pushkin's most popular and chilling stories, 'The Queen of Spades' tells of a young man who develops a dangerous obsession in pursuit of the wealth he craves.
One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics' huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries - including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.