The six stories-Ward Six, The Duel, A Dull Story, My Life, The Name Day Party, and In the Ravine-here presented in memorable translations-represent Chekhov's narrative genius at the full range and power of its maturity. As masterfully constructed as his earlier stories, but with far greater richness and dimension, they deal with human beings suffering the pain of existence, their lives illumined by the author's rigorous objectivity.
The novella Ward Six, with its hauntingly symbolic depiction of the world of an insane asylum; The Duel, with its theme of moral degradation, its hint of regeneration; and A Dull Story, with its relentless depiction of a culture that corrupts and alienates; these and others present a vivid portrait of a blighted society, seen through the eyes of a writer whose understanding of "human foolishness" is without equal.
Chekhov demands much of his readers, but gives much in return: The reader is challenged to collaborate in the experience of the story, to interpret it in the way an actor interprets the text of a play, or a musician a score. A good "performance" by the reader will yield a very great reward. As these stories grew in length they grew in complexity. They sometimes appear to embrace the entire community of Russia itself.
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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born on January 17, 1860, in Taganrog on the Sea of Azov. The son of a small shopkeeper and the grandson of a serf, he had to improve his station in life the hard way. In 1888 he was awarded the Pushkin Prize for the collection In the Twilight. This and the publication of the long story The Steppe marked the beginning of Chekhov’s recognition as one of Russia’s leading young writers. In the years following he produced his first serious full-length play, Ivanov (1888), as well as a steady stream of short stories.Language Notes:
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian
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Book Description Signet Classics, 1965. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110451518950