The Complete Short Novels (Paperback)

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Anton Chekhov, widely hailed as the supreme master of the short story, also wrote five works long enough to be called short novels here brought together in one volume for the first time, in a masterly new translation by the award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.
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The Steppe" the most lyrical of the five is an account of a nine-year-old boy's frightening journey by wagon train across the steppe of southern Russia. "The Duel "sets two decadent figures a fanatical rationalist and a man of literary sensibility on a collision course that ends in a series of surprising reversals. In "The Story of an Unknown Man," a political radical spying on an important official by serving as valet to his son gradually discovers that his own terminal illness has changed his long-held priorities in startling ways. "Three Years" recounts a complex series of ironies in the personal life of a rich but passive Moscow merchant. In "My Life," a man renounces wealth and social position for a life of manual labor.
The resulting conflict between the moral simplicity of his ideals and the complex realities of human nature culminates in a brief apocalyptic vision that is unique in Chekhov's work.
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"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author


Anton Pavlovich Chekhov 29 January 1860[1] - 15 July 1904)[2] was a Russian physician, dramaturge and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history.[3] His career as a dramatist produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics.[4][5] Chekhov practised as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife," he once said, "and literature is my mistress."[6]

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky were awarded the PEN/ Book-of-the-Month Translation Prize for "The Brothers Karamazov" and have also translated Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment", " Notes from Underground", "Demons", and "The Idiot".

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky were awarded the PEN/ Book-of-the-Month Translation Prize for "The Brothers Karamazov" and have also translated Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment", " Notes from Underground", "Demons", and "The Idiot".

Praise For…


Praise for previous translations by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky:

 

“The reinventors of the classic Russian novel for our times.” —PEN/BoMC Translation Prize Citation

 

“Their translations have become the standard English-language texts.” —Newsday

 

The Brothers Karamazov: “One finally gets the musical whole of Dostoevksy’s original.” —The New York Times Book Review

 

Anna Karenina:The most scrupulous, illuminating and compelling version yet.” —The Oregonian

Product Details
ISBN: 9781400032921
ISBN-10: 140003292X
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: August 30th, 2005
Pages: 576
Language: English
Series: Vintage Classics