Alexander Pushkin

Alexander Pushkin

Great Russian poet and playwright

"Better the illusions that exalt us than ten thousand truths"

Some of the most famous novels of Alexander Pushkin

Alexander Pushkin wrote several novellas during his lifetime, but here are some of his most famous ones with a brief summary of each.

  1. “The Queen of Spades” – This is one of Pushkin’s most famous and widely-read novellas. It tells the story of Herman, a young officer who becomes obsessed with learning the secret of three winning cards from an old countess. As Herman’s obsession deepens, he descends into madness and tragedy.
  2. “The Shot” – This novella explores the themes of honor, pride, and revenge. It tells the story of Silvio, a soldier who seeks revenge against a fellow officer who insulted him. The story is narrated by the officer’s friend, who describes the events that lead up to the final, fateful encounter between Silvio and the officer.
  3. “Dubrovsky” – This novella tells the story of a young nobleman, Vladimir Dubrovsky, who is forced to flee his estate after his father is wrongfully accused of a crime. Dubrovsky becomes an outlaw and begins a life of banditry, seeking revenge against those who have wronged him and his family.
  4. “The Captain’s Daughter” – This is a historical novella set during the Pugachev Rebellion in 1773-1775, which was a popular uprising against the Russian government. The story follows a young officer, Pyotr Grinyov, who falls in love with Masha, the daughter of a captain who is sympathetic to the rebels. The novella explores themes of loyalty, love, and political turmoil.

These are just a few examples of Pushkin’s most famous novellas, each with their own unique themes and styles.