Pressed Pushkin

The Queen of Spades and Selected Works Alexander Pushkin, translated by Anthony Briggs Pushkin Press, 2012, 160 pages, £10   Pushkin Press was founded in London in 1997, and has found a niche in a difficult market, publishing pocket-sized, beautifully produced Monotype editions of classic and contemporary literature, much of it in translation; only now does its list include a volume by the author it honours eponymously. There may be a good reason for this omission: the virtues of Alexander Pushkin—like those of Goethe and Racine in German and French—are so deeply embedded in the native language that unless you…

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