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Pushkin, like many Russian writers, is great at setting the context and then presenting a conflict that makes sense in that context. The reader has a sense of being present in the Russia of the time and sharing the complex relationships that would naturally emerge in such a place. He presents the drama of the ordinary and also of the extreme. Again, like other Russian writers, sometimes her presents stories that lack a narrative arc and simply end without resolution. This, too is similar to life; sometimes life begins, is, and ends with drama. How weird is that?
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 translation is excellant and I cannot beleive that any reader who enjoys great literature will not love this book.
Pushkin is by all measure a must-read for fans of Russian literature. This book is a great collection of his stories in a high-quality collectible hardcover. I found the stories themselves to be a mixed bag--some were excellent and some were less interesting. My favorites were the Captain's Daughter and Dubrovski. Unfortunately, Dubrovski was one of the stories Pushkin didn't quite finish. Overall, the collection of stories covers a wide variety of topics even including Cleopatra. This definitely deserves to be considered a classic.
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. He has an amazing "gift" or talent for taking the most mundane things and making them interesting. One can readily see his life experiences influence in his writings. He has the ability to write surprise endings in short stories and predictable endings too....so one never knows how the story will end until the end. Of course all of my readings of Russian literature were through interpreters so I am certain I missed some of the original author's intent in all three books. Now I am on to Dostoevsky.