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  1. Yes, strictly speaking the title of this book is generally Tales of Belkin in English, but uniquely and unnecessarily, in this 1947 translation it hass been rendered as "Bielkin" instead.These stories are all short, of slight appearance and witty. We, the readers, get to be deliberately misled and fooled about with as well as generally pushed to change our understanding as Pushkin twists out these tales for us.I read these stories first long ago and far away as a student, bold and undaunted by t [...]

  2. I've said that the other Pushkin book was the last one of 2015 but then I found this one. December has just started Can't wait. Should I just add it in silence and pretend it was there the whole time? No, no guilt. It's not like I made a promise or anything. And it is by the same author. Ah, let's just read and act like nothing happened.

  3. This collection is a set of stories within a story. The preface by "the editors" incorporates a letter from a friend of the eponymous Belkin, describing the dead writer's character, history and interests. The stories are themselves said to be tales once told to Belkin by various and sundry figures.The first story, "The Shot," describes a duel between Sylvio and Count ***. The narrator, one of a regiment of hussars, meets Sylvio, who lodges in the same town in which the regiment bivouacs. One day [...]

  4. An inherent Yankee repugnance of self-promotion made me hold off on posting a review of this, for a little while at least, but last night I watched a native and very well-read Russian read four pages of the copy I gave him. My breath was bated and my heart literally in my throat as I waited for the inevitable grimace that I remember seeing on the faces of parents at my piano recitals, which were followed, when caught, by the immediate cover-up or worse, attempt to convince me that yes, everythin [...]

  5. Cinco pequenos contos, que se insinuam devagar, bucólicos e bem humorados. Depois de púchkin nos colocar delicadamente no século XIX, o que ficam são cinco histórias de gente de ofícios e num universo axiológico ao qual não pertencemos,mas do qual não somos conceptualmente assim tão distantes. Soube bem. Em crescendo. Mas destaco a Nevasca,como o mais bonito destes contos.

  6. The first "story" is called From the Publisher which begins Having taken it upon ourselves to publish the Tales of I.P. Belkin, which we offer now to the public, we wanted to append an admittedly brief biographical sketch of the late author and follows with a completely fictitious biographical sketch. I did see this on the preview at , but I did not really expect the other stories to be almost equally amusing. These are stories published more than 180 years ago, before TV and movies - before ev [...]

  7. "Meta-literature", "parody and pastiche", "genre-bending", "narrative experiment" sounds like a brainstorming session for a class about postmodernist literature - except that these are all terms which could fit Pushkin's "The Tales of Belkin". Written in the autumn of 1830, this is a collection of short tales supposedly collected by the recently-deceased Belkin, whose sketchy biography is provided in an introductory letter by an anonymous friend of the late author. The stories parody various gen [...]

  8. Years ago, I read Alexander Pushkin's The Queen of Spades and found myself not liking it very much. When I heard how Tales of Belkin influenced Dostoyevsky according to Joseph Frank's biography of the latter, I decided to give it a try. It has been so many years since my first exposure to Pushkin, and I have changed so much in the meantime, that I expected the result this time would be different. It was. The five tales of Belkin were brief, to the point, and composed with a lightness that I foun [...]

  9. Qué sencillez y maestría la de Pushkin para contarnos cuentos tan agradables. La nevasca es el más bonito se todos.

  10. در بولدینو، پوشکین به تراژدی های ناچیز یک مجموعه کاملا جدید اما منثور، افزود که داستانهای ایوان پترویچ بلکین فقید نام داشت. این حرکتی بسیار اساسی به سمت درام و نثر ساده برای شاعری غنایی و سراینده رمانی بود و به وی امکان داد تا ساده تر و غیرمغرضانه تر بنویسد، مرزهای موضوعی اش ر [...]

  11. *Read for class.One of my favorites from Pushkin. I love every story and I've reread some of them multiple times now. And I'm sure will reread them many more.

  12. I hardly ever write reviews, but I am going to make an exception with this one in an attempt to explain myself why I did not like this tales at all.During the last year I have read a lot about Russian culture. This weird fascination for Russia have been blooming up deep inside me and I have read almost everything Russian that has come to me. I have fallen in love with Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Gogol, etc. I have been delighted with every single one of their books.And here comes Pushkin. I was someho [...]

  13. Josh kept telling me how weird this novella is, and, now I've read it, I think I understand.The "From the Publisher" note at the beginning seems to me the most intriguing part of the whole book, putting, as it does, the rest of the tales into their proper context: this is supposed to be a novella and not a collection of short stories. So we can take that note as a frame, and the stories as discrete stories, or we can take the (more interesting) stance that it is no frame at all, and the stories [...]

  14. The "Tales of Belkin" collects several genres, each appearing in each of the plots. "The Shot" - a revisited duel 3/5"The Blizzard" - about a doomed elopement and a mistaken identity 4/5"The Undertaker" - a drunkard coffin builder's terrifying experiences 3/5"The Stationmaster" - a seduction and abduction of a girl and its impact on her father/the stationmaster. The best in this collection! 5/5"The Squire's Daughter" - an impersonation 2 or 3/5 Read this for "The Stationmaster", which is probabl [...]

  15. *Queima o sangue um fogo de desejo,De desejo a alma é ferida,Dá-me os teus lábios: o teu beijoÉ o meu vinho e minha mirra.Reclina para mim a cabeçaTernamente, faz que eu durmaSereno até que sopre um dia alegreE se dissipe a névoa nocturna.(Aleksandr Púchkin)

  16. Thanks to the Soviet-era Raduga publishers for having created a beautiful hard-bound book, also containing pictures of Pushkin and his friends, snapshots of his manuscripts and the paintings his stories inspired. My father had bought an edition three decades ago, that has The Queen of Spades and The Commandant's Daughter in addition to the Tales of Late Belkin.The stories are delightful and are told with sparkling wit - I am won over as a sworn fan of Prince Pushkin. The characters made me cheer [...]

  17. Pushkin’s first work of fiction is a wonderfully bizarre collection of tales that reminds me both of the short fiction of Kleist (The Marquise of O— and Other Stories) and the stories from The Twilight Zone. These are not “weird tales” per se, but they linger with a haunting, almost hypnotic, residual after-image in the brain. The frame narrative is that these stories were written by an odd, reclusive, recently-deceased man named Belkin, and that Pushkin is acting as “editor.” It’s [...]

  18. Одна из самых любимых книгПовести Белкина полюбились мне ещё со школьных времён. Пожалуй, в то время Пушкин был для меня чуть ли не единственным классиком, чьи произведения я читала по желанию, а не по принуждению. А всё потому, что их можно не только анализировать, но и чувс [...]

  19. Unos cuentos muy pintorescos, una prosa impecable, densidad y ajuste a lo Edgar A Poe.En lo que respecta a las ideas, éstas van siempre bien encaminadas y pareciera que la inevitable tragedia está al borde del colapso, pero al continuar con la historia, la tensión se va evaporando paulatinamente y todo acaba en un hálito de paz. Se nos muestran personajes muy vivos, conociendo sus rasgos psicológicos a medida que se someten a la acción de la historia.

  20. I thought these tales were incredibly insightful and offered such an interesting perspective of Russian society during the early 19th century. I am a huge fan of Alexander Pushkin's work. Born in 1799, he is considered to be the "Father" of modern Russian literature and is hugely celebrated in Russia up to this day. His great-grandfather was originally from Africa, was taken to the Ottoman courts in Turkey and later became a member of nobility in Peter the Tsar's court in Russia. Pushkin was ver [...]

  21. 4.3/5Like the rest of Pushkin's writing, fun, engaging, and reliant on coincidental occurrence to make the story interesting. Again, however, it seems to lack a certain depth and meaning. His style of writing is very free and conversational yet somewhat witty and humorous at times.

  22. While Pushkin is at his finest when writing poetry, he excels at the short story as well, as proven inThe Tales of Belkin . These vignettes give a peek into Russian life at the time through Pushkin's tongue-in-cheek writing. More than Pushkin's witty, lyrical and charming style, perhaps what I love most about Pushkin is the rapport he creates with the reader, often maneuvering to distance himself from the frankly dry standards for writing at the time and going into cahoots with the reader. He un [...]

  23. It was fun to read a collection of short stories, it has been a while since I have done so. I also have never read anything by Pushkin so I went into this collection unsure what to expect. And both fortunately and unfortunately for Pushkin, my expectations were set very high after I finished the first story. This story was titled "The Shot". It contained exactly what I want in a short story: quick character development, a connection established between the characters and I, and a climax that com [...]

  24. Ah, Pushkin, where have you been so long? In college I took a Russian history course and ever since I have been interested in Russia, its politics, its culture and its literature. I have read Dostoyevsky, Turgenev and Chekhov, among others, and have been aware of the renown of Alexander Pushkin. But until now, I had never read his work. What a wonderful surprise! The Tales of Belkin is a small volume including five short stories, the history of a fictitious village and a fragment assumed to be t [...]

  25. Not truly a novel, these works are presented as the collection of writings left behind by the fictional Ivan Belkin, following his death. Each tale is, in Pushkin's usual style, vibrantly described and entertaining. Though concise, each short story illustrates its own vibrant world, complete with both realistic and slightly supernatural, folkloric elements. I read these short stories for my 19th Century Russian Literature class's midterm essay, and I am quite pleased to have been introduced to m [...]

  26. My first russian author and I can say no more but I enjoyed it. It's not ordinary style of writing for me. I'm fun of nowdays literature and this is little bit old. But it doesn't matter. I like itI really do, 'cause it pack of stories from Russia where was revolution and this period of time is very interesting. It shows the real life of russian highborn sirs and ladies and also life of lowborn one, so it is combination of two different cultures, but all tales are from Russia and that's what is [...]

  27. Pushkin is as wonderful as ever in this novella. There is usually something cheerful about Pushkin, even when he is dealing with things going wrong. I also enjoyed the experience of observing a society that largely no longer exists. For example, no-one today worries about how we should evaluate the performance of train station-masters, but Pushkin makes out that this was a burning question of the day. A beautiful novella. Highly recommended.

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