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Alexander Pushkin: The Collected Stories Hardcover – May 18, 1999
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unmistakable and original stamp of his style and personality.”
—from the Introduction by John Bayley
About the Author
Paul Debreczeny is Alumni Distinguished Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina. Among his many publications are" Alexander Pushkin: Complete Prose Fiction "(translated) and "The Other Pushkin: A Study of Alexander Pushkin's Prose Fiction" (both Stanford, 1983).
John Bayley is an eminent literary critic who taught at Oxford for more than 30 years, and was chairman of the Booker Prize Committee. Iris Murdoch died in February of 1999.
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Pushkin's stories range from melancholy to humorous to psychological and yet they are all written in a clear, and crisp style that is easy to grasp. Unlike Pushkin's poetry, little is lost in the translation of his prose works from Russian to English and thus we can fully appreciate his genius.
Although all of Pushkin's prose works are excellent, but one that continues to remain in my memory for some reason is "Egyptian Nights". Here the two main characters are Charskii, the nobleman who upholds the aesthetic and personal nature of poetry writing, and the greedy Italian improvisator, who lives by giving public shows and is able to deliver a poem (and quite astonishing at that) on any topic at a moment's notice - but for a fee. Is it possible that Charskii and the Italian both represent different facets of Pushkin's own personality? Anyway, I thought the story ending was erotic and exotic...
Even if you are not interested in Russian literature or in Russian culture in general, I would daresay that you would find it hard to put this collection of stories down after you started reading them.
The only problem that I had was with the publisher. I wish that they had provided a bookcover, because the paint on the outside of the hardcover kept coming off onto my hands!
Pushkin is known as a poet (his novel "Eugen Onegin", written in verses, is the crown of his art), not as a dramatist or a novelist. As a citizen of the former Soviet Union, I know from my own experience that school children have to learn his poetry by heart from the very beginning of their school career. Even if his prose couldn't reach the importance of his poetry, it could still establish some reputation because of its uniqueness. This collection unites his greatest works in prose. Since the stories vary in kind and quality, I decided to write a short comment on some of them hoping that the review will be more helpful this way.
DUBROVSKII (5 STARS): This is a story about a young man desperate to take revenge on the man who killed his father. As a wanted criminal, Dubrovskii assumes the identity of a French teacher at his enemy's and lures for the possibility to hold his word and to kill the man he hates the most. Making his plans, he didn't expect to fall in love with the daughter of his victim. Since their love is mutual, he must decide what is more important for him, his love or his revenge... This story is the most famous of Pushkin's works. It takes place in Russia of the 18th century with its problems and victories.Read more ›
Pushkin's prose was certainly heavily influenced by the literary world in which he lived--especially in Dubrovskii and The Captain's Daughter we constantly see the influence of the then-very-popular Lord Byron and Walter Scott. However, Pushkin seems to be aware of both the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary literary fashion, and the fact that he doesn't take it too seriously and strikes out on his own fairly often is surely a big part of the reason he has proven to be vastly more enduring than the likes of Scott.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have recently read "Dr. Zhivago" by Pasternak and "War and Peace" by Tolstoy. I personally believe Pushkin is the best writer of the three. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Maggot
I'm glad I read this. There are some excellent stories in the collection, although not all are up to the same standard, and you can see how Pushkin had such a major influence on... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Phil B
Alexander Pushkin is among the greatest poets and writers of all time - period!
He is the soul of Russia - it's Shakespeare and a towering force of breathtaking insight... Read more
A whole book could be written on the fascinating story of Pushkin's life cut short at 37 in an 1837 duel, as well as the undeniable impact Pushkin had on Russian literature,... Read morePublished 21 months ago by W Perry Hall
I had just finished Anna Karenina and remembered that I had this volume of Pushkin on the shelf.
I figured that since Tolstoy took his clues from "Russia's first great writer"... Read more
This book contains the short stories of Alexander Pushkin. Pushkin ranks as one of the greatest arthors in Russian literary history and these stories confirm this judgement The... Read morePublished on December 8, 2012 by Tony Marquise Jr.
It seems easy to assume that, if he came 50 years before Dostoevsky and Tolstoy and set the stage for Russian literature, Pushkin's works must be even longer, moodier, and more... Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by Jeffrey S. Larocque