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Alexander Pushkin was Russia's first true literary genius. Best known for his poetry, he also wrote sparkling prose that revealed his national culture with elegance and understated humour. Here, his gift for portraying the Russian people is fully revealed. "The Tales of Belkin", his first prose masterpiece, presents a series of interlinked stories narrated by a good-hearteAlexander Pushkin was Russia's first true literary genius. Best known for his poetry, he also wrote sparkling prose that revealed his national culture with elegance and understated humour. Here, his gift for portraying the Russian people is fully revealed. "The Tales of Belkin", his first prose masterpiece, presents a series of interlinked stories narrated by a good-hearted Russian squire - among them "The Shot", in which a duel is revisited after many years, and the grotesque "The Undertaker". Elsewhere, works such as the novel-fragment "Roslavlev" and the "Egyptian Nights", the tale of an Italian balladeer seeking an audience in St. Petersberg, demonstrate the wide range of Pushkin's fiction. "A Journey to Arzrum", the final piece in this collection, offers an autobiographical account of Pushkin's own experiences in the 1829 war between Russia and Turkey, and remains one of the greatest of all pieces of journalistic adventure writing....

Title : Tales of Belkin and Other Prose Writings
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ISBN : 9780140446753
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Tales of Belkin and Other Prose Writings Reviews

  • Ashlar
    2019-05-05 10:46

    I would like to think that anyone who's read Pushkin would agree that his prose are quite elegant, his characters have this quality of being so veridical, in short reading Pushkin is an absolute delight.

  • Richard
    2019-05-12 15:26

    I'm probably being really very harsh on a bona-fide literary genius, but I just didn't really enjoy it that much. Some of the stories in t were quite "nice" and there was a decent enough level of wit in the book. It's just that it didn't really do all that much for me. Can't say that it was the best writing that I've ever read.However, I have read elsewhere that if you really want to get a feel for the greatness of Pushkin's writing you should read his poetry in the original Russian (apparently it doesn't translate that well...some of the nuance lost maybe?)Sorry Mr P...I'm afraid I'll never love you!

  • Mike Wilson
    2019-05-07 10:46

    Pushkin was an incredible writer and an innovator in literature, but the context of these stories doesn't make up for the fact that they didn't stick with me or that the humor in them wasn't exactly timeless. The stories are very demonstrative from a writer's perspective, but I wouldn't read anything from this collection for pleasure, other than "The Shot" or "The Postmaster".

  • Zebardast Zebardast
    2019-05-18 09:21

    dastanhaye in ketab kheili ghashange,vali chizi ke adamo mote'ajeb mikone ine ke too zamani naveshte shodeh ke too iran ,zabane monshiane va ajib gharibe ghajar be kar mirafte.adam in barash kheili ajibe ke cheghadr in neveshteha be zabane alane ma nazdik va hess ha va matalebesh gahbele darke.nemidoonam tarjomeye farsish too bazar peida mishe ya na.

  • Ken
    2019-05-07 14:21

    Suggested to me by Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy in his Diaries (one mess of a romp themselves). These charming stories are an old-school treat. Ah, when stories were stories -- and a real look at old Mother Russia, they are, too. Pushkin is known as a poet, but if you haven't sampled his prose, this is the book to remedy that.

  • Nika
    2019-05-10 11:22

    Hmm, it's probably wrong to comment on an untested translation of a book that I read in Russian. The rating goes for the original, and I will update this if I manage to take a glance at the translation.

  • J.
    2019-05-18 09:30

    These are absolutely fantastic short stories written by the greatest poet who ever lived. Pushkin's prose flows easily and beautifully and is a joy to read through and through.

  • Emily
    2019-05-05 14:28

    I didn't read this. I just read Tales of Belkin. It reminded me why I so love Russian literature: so full of heart and passion and imagination.

  • Dusty
    2019-05-16 09:33

    I registered a book at!

  • Kartik Iyer
    2019-05-21 13:44

    Maybe it was a bad translation that I couldnt identify the greatness of the work. Or maybe it was the lack of context around the time and place, that I couldnt relate to the humor used. Overall, a decent read and I am going to definitely read this again after I read more of his works. Maybe I am missing something here!

  • Shota Matcharashvili
    2019-05-06 10:26

    მე და რუსული ერთმანეთთან სიამის ტყუპებივით ახლოს ვართ <3

  • Wojciech
    2019-05-03 09:46

    Na opowiadania wpadłem dzięki Opowieściom niesamowitym zebranym przez Rene Śliwowskiego czyli zbiorowi XIX wiecznych opowiadań rosysjskich z jakimś fantastycznym tłem i tam była dama pikowa puszkina, która mnie oczarowała dwiema czy trzema metaforami i od razu kupiłem Opowieście Bielkina czyli jakiś puszkinowski zestaw opowiadań. Romanse, groza, a przede wszystkim metafory. Że myśli w głowach ludzi w mieście wyglądają podobnie jak fryzury. Że tak jak nie można w rzeczywistości fizycznej dzielić tego samego miejsca z innym człowiekiem, tak sam w psychicznej dwie myśli nie mogą stać w tym samym miejscu, że obłoki o świcie czekają na słońce jak dworacy na przyjście cesarza. Podobno Arystoteles uważał, że metafora to szpica sztuki literackiej w oóle. Radość, którą daje jest ogromna. Cieszę się, że może późno, ale poznaję Puszkina.

  • Alethea Tan
    2019-05-02 15:20

    Pushkin was the first Russian author I have read and while I had found several of his short prose to be delightfully droll, it had not left as much of an impact on me as I would have liked. There were indeed stories where I had found myself rather sorry that Pushkin had failed to finish them (again) but they were few and I soon got restless. Getting down to the nitty-gritty, was it an interesting read? Yes, I do believe that I had liked it a fair bit. Was it life-changing? No, not in the least.

  • Joss Ratcliffe
    2019-05-14 07:22

    Good, Quite readable considering these stories are nearly 200 years old. My favourite story was A journey to Arzrum, which gives a really interesting description of Georgia and Armenia at the time. A History of the Village of Goryukhino and the Squire's daughter were also good. I agree with the translators notes that Pushkin's prose is (probably) not as great as his poetry but given the difficulty of translating Pushkin's poetry this is a great introduction to Pushkin for non Russian speakers.

  • Ivan Damjanović
    2019-04-28 11:29

    Peter the Great's Negro 1.5/5Unfinished novel, unimposing.The Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin:The Shot 1.4/5The Blizzard 1.3/5The Undertaker 1.2/5The Station Master 1.1/5The Squire's Daughter 1.4/5Contains mostly trivial characters and plots.Dubrovsky 2.5/5Unfinished, contains characteristic elements of romanticism poetics. Has similar tangle as Schiller's "The Robbers".

  • Nimrod
    2019-05-23 10:30

    Wonderful- a close insight into Pushkin's branched world and perceptions regards the administration and the ongoing cultural metamorphosis in his time.Pushkin's characters are ordinary people who aspire to be like the romantic heroes and this ambition serves them as Damocles Sword, as they turn out to be neglected and tormented.Pushkin takes the reader to a journey via the conflicted Russian society of the 19th century with grace, sarcasm and humor.

  • Kevin Tole
    2019-04-27 13:49

    Pushkin prose. More of a series of travelogue-like sketches than anything else. I am beginning to feel that, apart from the superior skill of an old english 67 year old's translation of Yevgenny Onegin, Pushkin is only realisable in all his beauty to the Russian speaker. Tales of Belkin, although a pleasant read, gives no indication of why he is so important in the understanding of all Russian authors that follow

  • Jesse
    2019-05-10 13:37

    i was really suprised that the book that would once again get me reading and excited about fiction was an author filed under Russian classics. these stories were enjoyable, sometimes had me on "the edge of my seat," and all have some twist.found out about this author from another book, "Pushin and the Queen of Spades." a contemporary work that i also suggest reading.

  • J.Aleksandr Wootton
    2019-05-27 13:38

    This collection is probably better-suited to someone who's previously read Pushkin and wants more, rather than as an introduction to that author. Still, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading his other work eventually.

  • Olga
    2019-05-27 13:49

    short fun stories..

  • Trevor Durham
    2019-05-14 12:49

    The Shot was the best story offered in the lot, which earned Pushkin two of the three stars I am hesitant to give. Very rooted in traditional Russian ways, too rooted for me to consider it timeless.

  • Wendy
    2019-05-21 14:44

    I read this book on and off when I was stuck in the dorms at the prison I was working at. It brought me to Chekhov--

  • Craig
    2019-05-23 11:37

    Read for "A Journey to Arzrum" (Olympic reading).

  • James
    2019-05-11 09:38

    An ok selection of short stories, not one of Pushkin's best and seemed very young in the structure and context of his stories.

  • Caspar Daw
    2019-05-18 10:25

    A high 3, or low 4.

  • Haman
    2019-05-18 15:37

    اين كتاب كه از شش داستان كوتاه نشكيل شده تحت عنوان تيرانداز به فارسي ترجمه شده توشط انتشارات اساطير

  • Jamyang Phuntsok
    2019-05-05 12:49

    You can either cry that you can't read Eugene Onegin in Russian or you can make peace with that fact and move on to lesser things.

  • Mike
    2019-04-30 15:26

    Loved this. Pushkin deserves the high opinion that other Russian writers have of him. Will read more Pushkin.

  • Allen
    2019-05-23 08:37

    Love Pushkin. Love his short stories. Russia of 200 years ago by the man who made the Russian language acceptable for even the Aristocracy to speak and read.

  • Emily
    2019-05-06 07:24

    Dark, humorous, endearing. Just delightful.