Pushkin's prose tales are the foundation stones on which the great novels of Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky were built, but they are also brilliant and fascinating in their own right. In both prose and verse, Pushkin was one of the world's great storytellers: direct and dramatic, clear-sighted, vivid, and passionate.
This new and expanded Everyman's edition of his stories includes all the mature work. In addition to such novella-length masterpieces as The Captain's Daughter and The Tales of Belkin the collection now contains many more short pieces and the masterly History of Pugachev, a powerful account of the man who rebelled against Catherine the Great. This version is translated by Paul Debreczeny and Walter Arndt.
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About the Author
Pushi was born in Moscow. In 1817 he entered government service, but his liberalism caused him to exile to S Russia in 1820, until after the ascension of Nicholas I in 1826. Hailed in Russia as its greatest poet. He also wrote many lyrical poems, tales, and essays, and was appointed Russian histographer. His marriage to Nikolayevna Goncharova proved unhappy and led to his early death, defending his wife;s honour in a duel with her brother-in-law.
Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founding farther of modern Russian literature. Pushkin published his first poem at the age of fifteen, and was widely recognized by the literary establishment by the time of his graduation from the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum. While under the strict surveillance of the Tsar's political police and unable to publish, Pushkin wrote his most famous play, the drama Boris Godunov. His novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, was serialized between 1825 and 1832. Notoriously sensitive about his honour, Pushkin fought as many as twenty-nine duels, and was fatally wounded in such an encounter with Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d'Anthes. Pushkin had accused D'Anthes, a French officer serving with the Chevalier Guard Regiment of attempting to seduce the poet's wife, Natalya Pushkina.
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).
“Pushkin is not only Russia’s primary and archetypal author but her most astonishingly versatile one . . . There is something Mozartian about his genius, which is replete in the same manner with variety, gaiety, and depth . . . [His prose stories] are not only as much masterpieces as his tales in verse, but carry the same
unmistakable and original stamp of his style and personality.”
—from the Introduction by John Bayley