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I studied Russian language and literature and like going back to it periodically. I find Pushkin, the great romantic, fascinating and a pleasure to read. It is also interesting for me to compare different translations of his literature.
I had never read Pushkin before reading this book, and I found it to be quite a compelling introduction. The book has some really rousing, romantic stories full of war, adventure, lust, and love. Like many of the great Russian writers that would come later, there is a lot going on in these stories--lots of interweaving characters and complex relationships. Some of the stories I had to read more than once just to grapple with them. I loved "Queen of Spades," "Dubrovsky", and "The Captain's Daughter." I feel like you could read these stories an infinite amount of times, and find something new each time. It's amazing how versatile Pushkin was. He could write poetry, ghost stories, romances, travelogues, historical epics, the man could truly do it all.