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    The Queen of Spades and Other Stories (Penguin Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin, Translated by Rosemary Edmonds

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    DescriptionThe "Queen of Spades and Other Stories" is a collection of short fiction showcasing Alexander Pushkin's application of Romantic sensibilities to uncompromising studies of human frailty. This "Penguin Classics" edition is translated with an introduction by Rosemary Edwards. "The Queen of Spades", one of Pushkin's most popular and chilling short stories, tells of an inveterate card player who develops a dangerous obsession with the secret of an old lady's luck, which he believes will bring him the wealth he craves. "The Negro of Peter the Great", a story based on the life Pushkin's own great-grandfather, is a vivid depiction - and criticism - of both French and Russian society, while "Dubrovsky" is the Byronic tale of a dispossessed young officer. "The Captain's Daughter" tells of a young man sent to military service - based on the actual events of the rebellion against Catherine II, it demonstrates Pushkin's unparalleled skill at blending fiction and history. Together these four stories display the versatility and innovation that earned Pushkin his reputation as a master of prose and established him as the towering figure in Russian literature. Rosemary Edmonds' translation is accompanied by an introduction examining Pushkin's simplicity of style and the powerful influence he exerted on his country's literature. Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) was born in Moscow in 1799. Leaving school in 1817, he spent three years in St Petersburg working in the Foreign Office and writing erotic verse. His flirtations with pre-Decembrist movements and his revolutionary verses lead to his exile in 1820. After a stay in the Caucasus and Crimea he was sent to Bessarabia, where he began to write more seriously, beginning Eugene Onegin and Tsygany. In 1831 he retired to a family estate, married, and his literary output slackened. He was mortally wounded in a duel and died in January 1837. If you enjoyed "The Queen of Spades", you might like Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "The Idiot", also available in "Penguin Classics".


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    Title
    The Queen of Spades and Other Stories
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin, Translated by Rosemary Edmonds
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140441192
    ISBN 10: 0140441190
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC E4L: SST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    BIC E4L: CLA
    BIC subject category V2: FYB
    B&T Book Type: FI
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    B&T General Subject: 500
    DC22: 891.733
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    BISAC V2.8: FIC003000
    B&T Approval Code: A24363050
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 891.7/3/3
    LC classification: PG3347.A2 1987, PG3347
    BISAC V2.8: FIC029000
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    27 July 1978
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Alexander Pushkin was born in Moscow in 1799. Leaving school in 1817, he spent three years in St Petersburg working in the Foreign Office and writing erotic verse. His flirtations with pre-Decembrist movements and his revolutionary verses lead to his exile in 1820. After a stay in the Caucasus and Crimea he was sent to Bessarabia, where he began to write more seriously, beginning Eugene Onegin and Tsygany. In 1831 he retired to a family estate, married, and his literary output slackened. He was mortally wounded in a duel and died in January 1837. Rosemary Edmonds was born in London and studied languages in England, France and Italy. During the war she was translator to General de Gaulle. Among her many translations for Penguin Classics are Tolstoy's War and Peace, Anna Karenin and Resurrection and Turgenev's Fathers and Sons. She died in 1998.