Complete Short Novels (Pevear / Volokhonsky Translation)

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Anton Chekhov's short novels are 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.

Chekhov, widely hailed as the supreme master of the short story, also wrote five works long enough to be called short novels. 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 to enroll in a...

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Anton Chekhov's short novels are 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.

Chekhov, widely hailed as the supreme master of the short story, also wrote five works long enough to be called short novels. 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 to enroll in a distant school. 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 plans to spy on an important official by serving as valet to his son, however, as he gradually becomes involved as a silent witness in the intimate life of his young employer, he finds 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, engaging time as a narrative element in a way unusual in Chekhov's fiction. In My Life, a man renounces wealth and social position for a life of manual labor, and the resulting conflict between the moral simplicity of his ideals and the complex realities of human nauture culminates in an apocalyptic vision that is unique in Chekhov's work.

In these five short novels, Chekhov's masterful storytelling and his profound understanding of human nature are brilliantly evinced.

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Two more standard issues from the "Everyman's Library." Though the material is readily available, these compilations offer quality hardcovers at a bargain price. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857152777
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/17/2004
  • Series: Everyman's Library
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.19 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

The steppe 1
The duel 115
The story of an unknown man 239
Three years 329
My life 433
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