Selected Stories 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

  • Title: Selected Stories
  • Author: Anton Chekhov Richard Pevear Larissa Volokhonsky
  • ISBN: 9780553381009
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 greatRichard 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.

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    1. There is a vein of dull misery running through much of modern realism. It is not even tragedy, because tragedy requires that the person be suffering as a result of their actions, and that they be emotionally complex enough to understand what is happening to them, and to feel the whole of that pain.These stories of misery have none of that, they are tales of the ignorant, of the emotionally stunted, who bumble into one stupidity after another, never realizing why or what it means. Is there a cert [...]

    2. Just finished the final story of this collection !This guy is Awesome, a master short story writer.I fell in love with his stories almost every time.His stories are so simple yet so powerful in impact that I have decided to write a review for each of his stories separately !For now, three words for this collectionCaptivating !Enthralling !Bewitching !

    3. I'm not a literary critic, obviously. My description of books as sucky/trite/trash, etc kind of make me wonder how I ever even majored in English Lit all those years ago. But let me see if I can describe Chekhov in the way I've come to understand him and his awesomeness. (heehee) Chekhov was a doctor before he was a writer, he knew how the human body worked, he knew the human mind, and he knew what external stimulus (the weather, the look in a person's eye, the placement of a strange object) co [...]

    4. The stories in this collection (translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky) were written in the period 1883 to 1903. They appear to be set in the "present" - that is, they are tales of Russia and her people as things were in the last few decades of the 1800s. Chekhov's overall view of life, as revealed in the stories, is that the lot of man and woman is an unhappy one. This is true whether one is a peasant or a well off doctor, bishop, aristocrat, land owner, student whatever. The circumstances diffe [...]

    5. Many writers pride themselves on the beauty of their prose style. Flaubert would spend days composing the perfect sentence for Madame Bovary. Nabokov wrote his prose ecstatically, his vocabulary was formidable and formed a core part of his aesthetic values. Proust’s composition was like a flower, the sentences formed a stem upon which the petals of his metaphors were able to grow and develop. Thomas Mann was concerned with weighty philosophical problems, Dostoevskii with psychological ones, Co [...]

    6. You know, man, it doesn't matter who translates you. You always sound just like yourself. A casual observer. And yet the casualness reveals so much about us. I picked up one of your books yesterday, having a hard time concentrating on anything else. The want to read was there, but nothing sounded good. And then I thought, Chekhov! We haven't read Chekhov in a bit. Two sentences into a randomly picked story I knew it was you, and I knew I would not put down the book until it was finished. And as [...]

    7. I want to write a review and I don't know where to start.This is what Chekhov does to me. Anton Chekhov leaves me stupefied with his brilliance with words and descriptions. He can paint a landscape of an entire Russian circumstance along with their characters with their emotions written bare on their faces concisely and to-the-point like a surgeon. The first few stories in this book (added date-wise) seemed incomprehensible and frivolous but as I went on the stories seemed to grow on me and the [...]

    8. Yes, I mostly read this book because Francine Prose told me to in Reading Like a Writer; but also because I had heard from multiple people that Chekhov is the shit and needs to be read by everyone. Having finished this collection of stories, I can wholeheartedly concur. There's nothing especially earth-shattering or revelatory about these stories - for the most part, each one is about ordinary people living ordinary lives and having ordinary experiences. There's nothing very special going on wit [...]

    9. Chekhov wrote in a period of rapid social change and turmoil: from the serf emancipation of 1860s to the revolution of 1905. Nonetheless, his short stories are tranquil, peaceful, and nuanced. In the dullness of a gentry's countryside estate or a rural factory, life's misery evolve, and unhappy people bear their burden silently: drunkenness, idleness, jealousy, peasants' poverty, gentry's nostalgia and indifference. But still, an ephemeral revelation of life's meaning and eternal salvation might [...]

    10. This collection of thirty stories by the Russian dramatist and short story master is a fine career sample, beginning with early sketches and including major stories often anthologized such as “Ward No. 6” and “The Lady with the Little Dog.” His subjects are doctors, peasants, petty officials, ferrymen, monks, nannies, soldiers, patients, artists, society folks. His topics are as broad—fidelity, integrity, meaning, duty, survival, faith, class. There are stories about a medical student [...]

    11. "At the door of every contented, happy man somebody should stand with a little hammer, constantly tapping, to remind him that unhappy people exist, that however happy he may be, sooner or later life will show him its claws, some calamity will befall him - illness, poverty, loss - and nobody will hear or see, just as he doesn't hear or see others now. But there is nobody with a little hammer, the happy man lives on, and the petty cares of life stir him only slightly, as wind stirs an aspen - and [...]

    12. ৫৩ সালের গা-ঝকঝকে কপি, বিশ টাকা দিয়ে কিনছি সেদিন :Dচেখফকে রীতিমত ডাকসাইটে মনে হচ্ছে। কয়েকটা গল্প মনে হয় আবার পড়া লাগবে। এইটা মনে হওয়ার কারণ, ওলেঙ্কার গল্পটা আগে একবার পড়ছিলাম, বাংলায়, মুজতবা আ [...]

    13. “Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there.” This famous principle of Chekov on writing and which he had followed in earnest has produced some of the finest, crisp short stories. His stories are a reflection on the Russian society in the late nineteenth century; moral conflicts of individu [...]

    14. Esta foi a primeira colecção de histórias que li de Chekhov (ou Tchekhov, se preferirem a tradução dada ao nome do autor em português. Usarei nesta “review” a tradução utilizada pela editora que publicou a edição que li). Já tinha lido em algumas antologias que coleccionavam contos de vários autores umas duas ou três das suas histórias, as quais deixaram uma impressão extremamente favorável do autor. Tinha prometido a mim próprio na altura vir a ler muito mais da obra de Che [...]

    15. WOW. These are total stories. Chekhov truly is a courageous champion of the unsaid, the stories of the untold lives of ordinary folk, of social justice.Who knew that grey language could evoke so many emotions, transcend so many genres, and bite and rage and ironically smirk after so many years?? From horror stories like Sleepy and Ward No. 6 to the terror, humour and tedium of A Boring Story, the apparent celebration of madness in The Black Monk, the revelation of the sea, nay, the universe’s( [...]

    16. I'm generally good about not being too starstruck by literary reputation, and I feel pretty confident that I can bravely approach the big guns and judge them based on my personal view of their merits. But with Chekhov, for some reason, I find myself cowed. Like, I'm just not really sure what I think of him and I kind of have this stupid feeling like I want someone to tell me. You know, it's CHEKHOV, right? I should have some big RESPONSE. I should love him! Or loathe him! I need to think somethi [...]

    17. It is a difficult prospect to review a collection of short stories. There isn’t an overarching plot to grab hold of, nor, perhaps, even a consistent theme-group. One is reduced to arranging scatterd bits and pieces of reflections and reactions, which—if all goes well—will add up to some sort of general impression.My general impression of Chekhov is that he is a great artist; he is a master in every sense of the word.Writing a good short story is a delicate art. Unlike the writer of a novel [...]

    18. Selected Stories by Anton Chekov (1860-1904)These short stories seem to me like a summary of the Russian nineteenth-century literature. In the most extreme climate of snow and ice, torrential rain and flooding, knee-deep mud and dirt on every road, Russia was not a country for an easy living. In his concentrated way, using a minimum of words, Chekov expresses all essential characteristics of country life.Across all these short novels, we will meet, the wealthy and fat landowners and their descen [...]

    19. (Wordsworth Classics, 1995)I thought I would enjoy this book more than I actually did. A good amount of these stories left me cold, baffled, or just not very satisfied. There were a few I liked, especially "The Night Before Easter."Novel or not, there's a lot to be learned from Chekhov's simple presentation of complex characters and his descriptive scenes. And some parts were very funny, even if the whole wasn't amazing.

    20. Astonishing. Chekhov clearly understands how people work, and how to express it. I need to sit and think a while to process this further.

    21. Chekhov's style is really unique. The stories are natural, most don't have a formal plot, there are no teachings or morals to be drawn. Beginnings and endings are often irrelevant. Most of the stories don't end, just like real life. What strikes you is the incredible brevity with which he strikes, every detail is vital to the story. Consider, At Christmas time. It's probably 5 pages long. It's about an old couple in a village, who haven't talked to their daughter since she moved to the city afte [...]

    22. So much to learn from the creator, literally, of the modern short story--and its arc. And so worth it writers and readers to remember this: “‘Who will read me, who will care?’ It does not help the work to be done, that work already completed is surrounded by silence and indifference—if it is published at all. Few books ever have the attention of a review—good or bad. Fewer stay longer than a few weeks on bookstore shelves, if they get there at all. ‘Works of art’ (or at least books [...]

    23. A+! 5 stars! Truly phenomenal stuff here. One can almost be perturbed reading this fantastic collection of Chekhov stories at how easily he's able to capture human nature and the human condition with such minimalistic beauty.

    24. What a collection of mesmerising short stories!! The thing that I adore about short stories is telling you lessons , brings you wisdom behind few not boring lines , and Anton Chekhov did that brilliantly .

    25. This collection of stories is a rare gem where almost all stories leave you thinking about life, humanity and beyond. There is nothing extra ordinary in these stories with respect to content but the way these stories have been delivered is exemplary. Chekhov is a master story teller. Each and every story will leave you unsettled and spellbound for some time. Chekhov has unearthed emotions and has given voice to even the minutest of feelings in his characters. He is one of a kind and it seems tha [...]

    26. أنهيت الأعمال القصصية للطبيب الإنسان للفيلسوف العبقري رائد القصة القصيرة :))كانت رحلة ممتعة حقا مع مجموعة القصص هذه غالبا متين الحبكة وبعضها أحسست أنه منقوص لكن الحالة العامة للمجموعة تستدعي أن أغض الطرف عن البسيط منها أنطون تشيخوف جراح نفس ماهر وأديب حاذق شجعتني هذه المجمو [...]

    27. At times very funny. At times heartbreaking. At times simply bewildering. At all times, very Russian.

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