Best Russian Short Stories

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The queen of spades -- The cloak -- The district doctor -- The Christmas tree and the wedding -- God sees the truth, but waits -- How a Muzhik fed two officials -- The shades, a phantasy -- The signal -- The darling -- The bet -- Vanka -- Hide and seek -- Dethroned -- The servant -- One autumn night -- Her lover -- Lazarus -- The revolutionist -- The outrage.

“Best Russian Short Stories” was initially published in 1917 and edited by Thomas Seltzer. The introduction praises the Russian sensibility for its “simplicity, naturalness, veraciousness.” A collection of short fiction by Gogol, Dostoyevsky, Pushkin, Turgenev, Chekhov, Gorky, and many others, each selection is the work of a master.