Stories by the famous Russian author, Anton Chekhov. Chekhov lived during the last years of the Czars, and most of his stories are approximately of that time period. The book gives an excellent view of Russian life in czarist Russia, as well as entertaining plots and style.
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Anton Chekhov was a physician who prefered authoring to medical practice. His works, particularily his plays are famous and play all over the world.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
The Culprit: A puny little peasant, exceedingly skinny, wearing patched trousers and a shirt made of ticking, stands before the investigating magistrate. His hairy pockmarked face, and his eyes, scarcely visible under thick, overhanging brows, have an expression of grim sullenness. The mop of tangled hair that has not known the touch of a comb for a long time gives him a spiderish air that makes him look even grimmer. He is barefoot. "Denis Griboryev!" the magistrate begins. "Step nearer and answer my questions. On the morning of the seventh of this present month of July, the railway watchman, Ivan Semyonovich Akinfov, making his rounds, found you, near the hundred and forty first milepost, unscrewing the nut of one of the bolts by which the rails are fastened to the sleepers. Here is the nut!...With the said nut he detained you. Is this true?" "Wot?" "Did all this happen as stated by Akinfov?" "It did sure." "Very well; now, for what purpose were you unscrewing the nut?" "Wot?" "Stop saying`wot` and answer the question: for what purpose were you unscrewing the nut?" "If I didn't need it, I wouldn't've unscrewed it," croaks Denis, with a sidelong glance at the ceiling. "What did you want that nut for?" "The nut? We make sinkers of these nuts." "Who are `we`?" "We folks... The Klimovo peasants, that is." "Listen brother; don't play the fool with me, but talk sense, There's no use lying to me about sinkers." "I never lied in my life, and here I'm lying..." mutters Denis, blinking. "But can you do without a sinker, Your Honor? If you put live bait or worms on a hook, would it go to the bottom without a sinker?...
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Book Description University Publishing House, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111570020442