Alexander Pushkin (1799–1837) is considered by many to be Russia’s greatest poet, and through his poems as well as his experimentation with other genres—dramas, short stories, novels—he influenced generations of Russian and international writers. Among his best-known works in English translation are Boris Godunov, The Tales of Belkin, Eugene Onegin, The Queen of Spades, and The Captain’s Daughter.
At once a fairy tale and a thrilling historical novel of rebellion and romance, this singularly Russian work of the imagination is also a timeless, universal, and very winning story of how love and duty can summon pluck and luck to confront calamity. “The Captain’s Daughter is one of the stories in which Pushkin created Russian prose…. It is true poet’s prose, absolutely clear, objective, unpretentious and penetrating.”—Robert Conquest, The Spectator