Alexander Pushkin

The Queen of Spades

“The Queen of Spades” is a short story that explores the sins of gambling and the bottomless greed of man. When an officer learns that there is a woman who holds the key to always winning at cards, he almost sells his soul to the Devil. The following actions reveal the secret to him, but at a horrifying price. The story is Pushkin’s probing into human wickedness and how often our greatest desires spell our greatest downfall. A well-paced, supernatural story that keeps you hooked till the last page — and then winks at you for man’s greed knows no end.

Deservedly labelled “the best Russian poet”, Pushkin’s short life (1799–1837) did not prevent him from ushering Russian literature into its modern era. A master of the vernacular language and multifarious and vivid writing style, Pushkin’s oeuvre was of great influence to a whole legion of Russian writers and literary styles. Among his best-known works are the narrative poems “Ruslan and Ludmila” and “Eugene Onegin”, the drama “Boris Godunov”, several novels, short stories, and fairy tales.
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