October 10 , 2008

The Duel


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This Is An Enhanced eBook

This eBook contains Illuminations—additional curated material that expand the world of Kuprin's novella through text and illustrations—at no additional charge. 
"Illuminations" contains writings by Leo Tolstoy - Fyodor Dostoevsky - Alexander Pushkin - Rudyard Kipling - Abraham Yarmolinsky - Ivan Turgenev - Anton Chekhov - Anton Chekhov - Mikhail Lermontov - Alexandre Dumas - Thomas Hardy - Emily Dickinson - Rudolphe Raspe - Emily Dickinson and short stories by O. Henry, Guy de Maupassant and Alexander Kuprin.

Illustrations include: Victor Adams - Etienne Prosper Berne-Bellecour - Valery Ivanovich Jacoby - Eugene Delacroix and others.

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