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A Night in the Cemetery: And Other Stories of Crime and Suspense

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Anton Chekhov’s only collection of crime and mystery stories.
Considered one of the greatest dramatists of all time, Anton Chekhov began his literary career as a crime and mystery writer. Scattered throughout periodicals and literary journals from 1880-1890, these early psychological suspense stories provide a fresh look into Chekhov’s literary heritage and his formative years as a writer.
In stories like "A Night in the Cemetery," "Night of ...
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Overview

Anton Chekhov’s only collection of crime and mystery stories.
Considered one of the greatest dramatists of all time, Anton Chekhov began his literary career as a crime and mystery writer. Scattered throughout periodicals and literary journals from 1880-1890, these early psychological suspense stories provide a fresh look into Chekhov’s literary heritage and his formative years as a writer.
In stories like "A Night in the Cemetery," "Night of Horror," and "Murder," not only will Chekhov’s dark humor and twisted crimes satisfy even the most hardboiled of mystery fans, readers will again appreciate the penetrating, absurdist insight into the human condition that only Chekhov can bring. Whether it is the death of a young amateur playwright at the hands of an editor who hates bad writing, or a drunken civil servant who ends up trapped in a graveyard, these stories overflow with the unforgettable characters and unique sensibility that continue to make Chekhov one of the most fascinating figures in literature.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Best known today as a playwright, Chekhov (1860-1904) was also a prolific and accomplished writer of short fiction, as shown by this collection of 42 stories, most of which have previously been unavailable in English translation. As Sekirin notes in the preface, these stories appeared in a variety of periodicals "and until now have managed to escape the notice of contemporary editors and translators." Though billed as featuring crime and suspense, the volume has a broad range, including morality tales and stories of both dark and puckish humor. In the amusingly macabre "A Night of Horror," a man finds a coffin in his apartment. "Task," about a college student and bad checks, has a thoroughly modern ring. "A Crime: A Double Murder Case" is classic noir. Not all the selections shine, but enough do that the collection should appeal to more than just Chekhov fanatics. (Aug.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Forty-two stories, many new to English-language readers, that reveal not only the range of the Russian master (1860-1904) but what crime stories were like before they became their own genre. As the brilliant sketch "What You Usually Find in Novels" points out, the 19th-century novel was encrusted with cliches. Not so the crime story, whose rules had yet to be set in stone. So Chekhov is free to explore the frontiers among persons, events and tones not yet established as generic types. The comically, often disastrously unprepossessing heroes of these tales can awaken from a night at the cemetery or a night of horror to realize how vacuous were the bogeymen that frightened them; virtuous souls can take unspeakable actions without quite noticing what they're up to, and end up dragging even more innocent passersby to their doom; compulsive confessors can bare their darkest secrets without realizing how anticlimactic they are; and the author can repeatedly lay the groundwork for dramatic courtroom scenes and then cut away from them, thumbing his nose at any assumptions about suspense. Chekhov's lifelong habit of throwing away scenes he's portentously built up to is nowhere more obvious than in the three longest stories here. "The Swedish Match" and "The Drama at the Hunt," for example, begin like well-behaved whodunits before tailing off mischievously into regions the writers' manuals warn you away from. And in the third, "Thieves," an ordinary man who falls among seducers and robbers shows in the end that he's even more ordinary than he knows. The translation, by turns stately (the patronymics remain intact) and colloquial, takes some getting used to, but it certainly frees the author fromany Victorian overlay. A splendidly lightweight collection whose satiric touch is so deft that it seems to be sending up a genre yet unborn. Agent: Carolyn French/Fifi Oscard Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605980591
  • Publisher: Pegasus
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 526,799
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Anton Chekhov was born on January 29, 1860 in Taganrog, Russia. He graduated from the University of Moscow in 1884. Chekhov died of tuberculosis in Germany on July 14, 1904, shortly after his marriage to actress Olga Knipper, and was buried in Moscow.

Peter Sekirin was born in Russia and holds a Ph.D. in Russian Literature from the University of Toronto. He has been working at the Center for Russian Studies at the University of Toronto since 1999. His works include The Dostoevsky Archive, a biography of Fyodor Dostoevsky; the English-language translations of Tolstory's The Calendar of Wisdom; and On the Sea and Other Stories: Early Short Stories of Anton Chekhov. He works as a research associate at the University of Toronto and lives in North York, Ontario.

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Table of Contents

A Night at the Cemetery 1

What You Usually Find in Novels 6

The Swedish Match 8

A Night of Horror 35

Willow 45

A Thief 51

The Only Way Out 57

An Expensive Dog 61

Curved Mirror 65

A Court Case 69

The Brother: A Slice of Life 73

A Confession 76

In the Darkness of the Night 81

The Intentional Deception 83

On the Sea: A Sailor's Story 88

Ivan the Cabman 93

Perpetual Mobile 97

Evildoer 107

Death of an Office Worker 113

75 Grand 117

At the Cemetery 124

The Conversation of a Man with a Dog 128

The Wallet 132

A Dead Body 136

Too Much Talking! 142

Conversation of a Drunken Man with a Sober Devil 148

Psychopaths 151

Assignment 158

Fire in the Steppe: An Evil Night 167

Ignoramus 175

Task 181

Dreams 190

A Crime: A Double Murder Case 201

Drama 208

An Ambulance 216

Bad Business 223

Misfortune 230

The Man Who Wanted Revenge 239

Thieves 246

Murder 266

Criminal Investigator 278

The Drama at the Hunt 285

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