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The Queen of Spades

Pushkin’s story tells of the Russianized German card player, Hermann–an engineer in the army in Russia–who becomes obsessed with the secret of three consecutive winning cards after hearing a story about an old countess’ winnings years prior. His obsession drives him to manipulate the countess’ ward, Lizaveta Ivanovna, into letting him into their home. Genre: […]


Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

The Daughter of the Commandant

Pyotr Andreyich Grinyov is the only surviving child of a retired army officer. When Pyotr turns 17, his father sends him into military service in Orenburg. En route Pyotr gets lost in a blizzard, but is rescued by a mysterious man. As a token of his gratitude, Pyotr gives the guide his hareskin jacket. Arriving […]


Genre: Fiction, Romance, War & Military