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Russian Stories: A Dual-Language Book (English and Russian Edition) [Paperback]

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Book Description

February 1, 1990 0486262448 978-0486262444
Twelve superb tales by Chekhov, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Pushkin, Bunin, other masters. Excellent word-for-word English translations on facing pages. Also teaching and practice aids, Russian-English vocabulary, biographical/critical introductions to each selection, study questions, more. Especially helpful are the stress accents in the Russian text, usually found only in primers.

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian

Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (February 1, 1990)
  • Language: English, Russian
  • ISBN-10: 0486262448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486262444
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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114 of 114 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read classics, learn Russian January 14, 2001
This dual-language book features twelve shortstories by 19th-century masters of Russian literature. The pages are specially formatted with Russian Cyrillic on the left opposed by English translation on the right. The Russian and English texts match eachother nearly line-for-line, simplifying cross-reference. Here is an entertaining way to enrich vocabulary and perfect syntax, for the intermediate to advanced student who already has the basics of grammar. The editor chose some great examples of Russian writing, including Pushkin's haunting "Stationmaster", Gogol's grotesque "Nose", and Dostoevski's macabre graveyard drama "Bobok". Only one thing detracts from the book's usefulness as a learning tool, which is that many of the phrases and expressions are somewhat archaic. There are several dual-language compilations of contemporary (Soviet) shortstories available, for those who prefer to familiarize themselves with more modern language usage.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
This book is a wonderful rare find. I am a friend/neighbor of highly educated recent Russian immigrants with limited expertise in English. Although they are taking English classes, it is almost impossible for them to find interesting books to read in English beyond those of a childrens book reading level. Having to use a Russian/English dictionary while reading eliminates a lot of the simple pleasures that reading provides. This book's dual language format is absolutely perfect. They can finally enjoy a book written in English that reflects their reading interests due to the fact that the exact Russian version resides on the opposing page. This dual language format is also an absolutely perfect tool for English students learning the Russian language. It gave me so much pleasure to provide them with this opportunity to both practice and better enjoy reading books in English. I only wish that there were a lot more books available in this style for my friends to enjoy....
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate July 17, 2002
By Virgil
With stories by Tolstoy, Pushkin, Gogol and Chekov this is a great book to help you improve your Russian skills and read the masterworks in the original. It's a great way to check your Russian against the English tranlsation on the opposite page.
The book itself has been around for several years and while it is a bit expensive for what you get used editions are fairly common. My only real criticism is that this is one of the few dual readers available in the US on the Russian language. Hopefully the publishers will remedy this by printing another volume. A real must for Russian language students.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great literature and challenging Russian practice January 22, 2008
This book works on two levels: One, these short stories are by the Russian masters of the genre. In English translation, they are powerful, evocative, and moving, on their own. There is a reason why Pushkin, Chekhov, and Dostoevsky are still popular: Those guys didn't write any garbage. They set the bar for all writers as high as it could go. I would especially recommend "Sleepy" by Anton Chekhov. Read it on Halloween night, as I did, for a good old fashioned fright.

Secondarily, for those of us learning Russian, these short stories provide fascinating and very challenging works to translate. Be advised, this is a high level of Russian literature, written for educated and literate native speakers, so it's a big challenge. Pack a lunch.

The short story format is especially beneficial. If you can get through one story, believe me, you are ready for the psychological reward of starting a new story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable and easy to use January 7, 2008
Got this book a while ago, its way too hard for me for my level but the good thing is you can work through at a slow pace and still get a lot out of it. Stress marks are very helpful, would have been useless to me without them basically, and the glossary is also helpful although it doesn't include everything (good to have a dictionary nearby). Layout is good, that is, having the english on the adjacent page, makes for very easy reference to the english. Archaic language is usually noted and explained as such, which is useful. Great for reading practice, highly recommendable book for all skill levels (i have only been learning for around 6 months but have still got a lot out of it so far). Good selection of stories and enough to keep an beginner reader going for a long time!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Russian Stories: Kindle Edition July 3, 2013
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The way that the Kindle Edition is set up is very inconvenient. It is two pages of Russian then two pages of english, so if you want to flip back and forth to find a word, or even just to read straight through in one language it has to flip through two pages at a time, which is just annoying.

The stories presented are good, I'd just recommend getting this in a physical format like a paperback or hardback instead of the kindle.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable But... January 23, 2007
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I bought this book as part of my ongoing acquisition of the Russian language. The layout is excellent and typical of these types of book; the stories are well selected and entertaining, with a wide range of vocabulary and grammatical usage.


Anyone wanting to use this book as a booster to their contemporary Russian language skills should bear in mind that a Russian person learning English would not be best served by heading for the library and taking down Dickens, Tennyson, and Gaskill. Languages shift, change, and evolve and today's spoken Russian is as different from that of Gogol as English in San Francisco is different from that of Thackerey. Arguably the English spoken in San Francisco is fairly nasty ("He was like, that was so totally awsome, and I was like, cool...") because it is imprecise and unfocused and in fact fails to convey much meaning; nevertheless a solid grounding in Henry James wouldn't prepare someone for a close encounter with the local natives of the Sunset District. Likewise, the stories here won't really help you much with contemporary Russian as spoken by a teenage girl in Peter or a xenophobic hoodie near Red Square.

But as a pleasure in itself, this book is a gem and a worthwhile addition to the library of anyone who is just establishing a beach-head in the language.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Отлично!
This is a great set of stories, that is good for intermediate to advanced students of Russian. It is a good way to move into more advanced Russian reading with the parallel texts. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Brostoevsky
3.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy the Kindle edition
This book is a short conglomeration of classic Russian short stories. Written in both English and Russian. This is what first appealed to me, since I am trying to learn Russian. Read more
Published 2 months ago by nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book to have if you want to practice Russian
Very useful book! I like to read Russian stories. It is best book to practice Russian reading. It gives you option to read in Russian and English.
Published 3 months ago by Sopio Svanishvili
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for studying Russian or Russian literature
I bought this in order to help learn Russian. I found it quite useful, as there is exact translation on opposing pages. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Haywood D. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is beautifully organized.
The English and Russian translations are accurate and the stories are wonderfully written by the classic, famous Russian authors. Thank you!
Published 6 months ago by Carmela
5.0 out of 5 stars Friendly Format and Interesting Read
Good introduction to a wide range of famous Russian authors in a very convenient format. Thoroughly enjoyed the short stories and several were very strong works. Read more
Published 8 months ago by BERGS!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for just reading or for learning the language more
Having access to a translation is extremely helpful for quick reference for unfamiliar words. Also, the russian text has the stresses marked, which is also essential for anyone... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Brendan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful!
Used by my daughter to re learn her native Russian. She came to America when she was 11. She is now 22. She said it is very helpful!
Published 8 months ago by Gayle L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Literature and language learning.
Unusual, interesting stories. Easy to compare the two languages across the pages. Size is easy to handle. Printing quality is good.
Published 9 months ago by Treeclimber
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Excellent book!!!!! Great classical stories!!! It is a wonderful book to read for Russian speaking folks to learn how to translate classical stories into English and for English... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Luda Rockett
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