New book The Queen of spades and...

Our latest illustrated book "The Queen of spades and others stories" by Alexander Pushkin has been published by Folio Society. We contributed with the cover art and 7 full-color illustrations. The new edition 2014, introduced by Rachel Polonsky, is now available online: The cover ("The young countess") and the first two illustrations ("Nightmare" and "The ghost Countess") are dedicated to the famous short story "The Queen of Spades". Pushkin wrote it in autumn 1833.

About the story: a Russian officer of German ancestry named Hermann learns that a fellow officer’s grandmother, an old countess, possesses the secret of winning at faro, a high-stakes card game. Hermann begins a liaison with Lizaveta, the countess’s impoverished young ward, to gain access to the old woman, but when the countess refuses to reveal the secret, he threatens her with a pistol and she dies of fright. The night of her funeral, he dreams that the countess has told him the winning cards—three, seven, and ace. Hermann then places bets on the three and seven and wins. After betting everything on the ace, which wins, Hermann is horror-stricken to see that he is holding not the ace but the queen of spades, who seems to smile up at him as did the countess from her casket.


In addition to the "The Queen of Spades" short story, this edition includes other important short stories and novels:

The collection of five short stories titled "The Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin", 1831:

  • The Shot
  • The Blizzard
  • The Undertaker
  • The Station Master
  • The Squire's Daughter

Two historical novels:

  • The Captain's Daughter, 1836
  • Peter the Great's Negro, 1837 unfinished (It's the first prose work of the great Russian poet).

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