Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the highly acclaimed translators of War and Peace, Doctor Zhivago, and Anna Karenina, which was an Oprah Book Club pick and million-copy bestseller, bring their unmatched talents to The Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov, a collection of thirty of Chekhov’s best tales from the major periods of his creative life. Considered the greatest short story writer, Anton Chekhov changed the genre itself with his spare, impressionistic depictions of Russian life and the human condition. From characteristically brief, evocative early pieces such as “The Huntsman” and the tour de force “A Boring Story,” to his best-known stories such as “The Lady with the Little Dog” and his own personal favorite, “The Student,” Chekhov’s short fiction possesses the transcendent power of art to awe and change the reader. This monumental edition, expertly translated, is especially faithful to the meaning of Chekhov’s prose and the unique rhythms of his writing, giving readers an authentic sense of his style and a true understanding of his greatness. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Stories (54) List A STORY WITHOUT A TITLE SLEEPY THE STEPPE LIGHTS THE BEAUTIES THE PARTY A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN THE SHOEMAKER AND THE DEVIL THE BET THE PRINCESS THE HORSE-STEALERS GUSEV PEASANT WIVES THE WIFE THE GRASSHOPPER AFTER THE THEATRE IN EXILE NEIGHBOURS WARD NO. 6 TERROR AN ANONYMOUS STORY THE TWO VOLODYAS THE BLACK MONK A WOMAN'S KINGDOM ROTHSCHILD'S FIDDLE THE STUDENT THE TEACHER OF LITERATURE AT A COUNTRY HOUSE THE HEAD-GARDENER'S STORY THREE YEARS THE HELPMATE WHITEBROW "ANNA ON THE NECK" THE MURDER ARIADNE AN ARTIST'S STORY MY LIFE PEASANTS THE PETCHENYEG AT HOME THE SCHOOLMISTRESS THE MAN IN A CASE GOOSEBERRIES ABOUT LOVE IONITCH A DOCTOR'S VISIT THE DARLING THE NEW VILLA ON OFFICIAL DUTY THE LADY WITH THE DOG AT CHRISTMAS TIME IN THE RAVINE THE BISHOP BETROTHED
Short Story Compilations from Arguably the Greatest Short Story Writer Ever.
Author: Anton Chekhov
Pubpsher: Miniature Masterpieces
Category: Short stories, Russian
The short story is often viewed as an inferior relation to the Novel. But it is an art in itself. To take a story and distil its essence into fewer pages while keeping character and plot rounded and driven is not an easy task. Many try and many fail. A widespread favourite of scholars, critics and causal readers alike, Anton Chekhov is one of the most challenging and enjoyable authors to read. Both a doctor and writer, Chekhov initially had little interest in literature, writing predominantly as a source of income. As recognition of his talents spread so his ambition grew he began to assert itself and history now acknowledges him as the greatest short story writer of all time.
Considered by many as the greatest short story writer the world has seen, Anton Chekhov changed the genre itself with his spare, impressionistic depictions of Russian life and the human condition. From characteristically brief, evocative early pieces such as The Huntsman and his masterpiece A Bet to his best-known stories such as The Lady with the Little Toy Dog and The Requiem, this collection of Chekhov’s remarkable short fiction possesses the unmatched power of art to awe and change the reader. This endlessly pleasing edition, expertly translated, is especially faithful to the meaning of Chekhov’s prose and the unique rhythms of his writing, giving readers an authentic sense of his style and a true understanding of his greatness.
If any writer can be said to have invented the modern short story, it is Anton Chekhov. It is not just that Chekhov democratized this art form; more than that, he changed the thrust of short fiction from relating to revealing. And what marvelous and unbearable things are revealed in these Forty Stories. The abashed happiness of a woman in the presence of the husband who abandoned her years before. The obsequious terror of the official who accidentally sneezes on a general. The poignant astonishment of an aging Don Juan overtaken by love. Spanning the entirety of Chekhov's career and including such masterpieces as "Surgery," "The Huntsman," "Anyuta," "Sleepyhead," "The Lady With the Pet Dog," and "The Bishop," this collection manages to be amusing, dazzling, and supremely moving—often within a single page.
Stories (48) List CHAMPAGNE FROST THE BEGGAR ENEMIES DARKNESS POLINKA DRUNK AN INADVERTENCE VEROTCHKA SHROVE TUESDAY A BAD BUSINESS HOME THE LOTTERY TICKET TOO EARLY! TYPHUS IN PASSION WEEK A MYSTERY THE COSSACK THE LETTER AN ADVENTURE THE EXAMINING MAGISTRATE ABORIGINES VOLODYA HAPPINESS BAD WEATHER A PLAY A TRANSGRESSION FROM THE DIARY OF A VIOLENT-TEMPERED MAN UPROOTED A FATHER A HAPPY ENDING IN THE COACH-HOUSE ZINOTCHKA THE DOCTOR THE PIPE AN AVENGER THE POST THE RUNAWAY A PROBLEM THE OLD HOUSE THE CATTLE-DEALERS EXPENSIVE LESSONS THE LION AND THE SUN IN TROUBLE THE KISS BOYS KASHTANKA A LADY'S STORY
An idle artist meets a woman and her two daughters while traveling the Russian countryside. The eldest daughter, Lida, is strong-minded and purposeful, intent on her mission to better the lives of the local peasants. Unlike her elder sister, the younger daughter, Genya, is sweet and simple. But when the artist begins falling in love with Genya, he finds himself perpetually drawn into political arguments with her sister that threaten his happiness. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.
Masterfully written tales by one of the greatest practitioners of the form. Stories include "The Black Monk," "The House with the Mezzanine," "The Peasants," "Gooseberries," and "The Lady with the Toy Dog."