Книги издательства Pushkin Press
The Queen of Spades and Selected Works is a brand new English translation of two of Alexander Pushkin’s greatest short stories, ‘The Queen of Spades’ and ‘The Stationmaster’, together with the poem ‘The Bronze Horseman’, extracts from Yevgeny Onegin and Boris Godunov, and a selection of his poetic work. ‘The Queen of Spades’ (‘Pikovaya dama’), originally published in Russian in 1834, is one of the most famous tales in Russian literature, and inspired the eponymous opera by Tchaikovsky; in ‘The Stationmaster’ (‘Stantsionnyy smotritel”), originally published in Russian in The Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin (Povesti pokoynogo Ivana Petrovicha Belkina) in 1830, he reworks the parable of the Prodigal Son; the hugely entertaining ‘Tsar Nikita and his Forty Daughters’ is a bawdier early poem; and the deeply moving narrative poem ‘The Bronze Horseman’, inspired by a St Petersburg statue of Peter the Great, is one of his most influential works. The volume also includes a selection of his best lyric poetry. Translated by Anthony Briggs, The Queen of Spades and Selected Works is the perfect introduction to Alexander Pushkin’s finest work.
Gromov is merely a forgotten writer of Soviet propagandist novels. But he has left behind his Books and the powers they impart - the Fury to tear enemies limb from limb, the Memory of a perfect childhood, the Strength to overcome all fear of death. These books transform believers from senile to lucid, cowardly to brave, weak to strong. Soon, Libraries of readers start to emerge, waging war on one another to seize precious copies of the Books and terrible consequences ensue. Trapped in the middle of this world inhabited by society's outcasts - the decrepit, the heartbroken, the abandoned, the abused - is the young and unremarkable Alexei. Everything will change when he inherits a Book of Memory, and therefore becomes... a Librarian. Blending depravity, black humour, reality and myth, Elizarov casts a satirical eye over Soviet Russia in this epic masterpiece and winner of the Russian Booker Prize-a tale of human longing, unwavering belief, and the search for meaning in a chaotic, illusory world.