Ivanov (Stoppard Translation)

Ivanov (Stoppard Translation)

by Anton Chekhov
     
 

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Anton Chekhov was a master whose daring work revolutionized theater, and this was as true of Ivanov, his first full-length play, as of The Cherry Orchard, his last. Building on the success of his acclaimed adaptation of The Seagull, Tom Stoppard returns to Chekhov and the themes of bitter social satire, personal introspection, and the

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Anton Chekhov was a master whose daring work revolutionized theater, and this was as true of Ivanov, his first full-length play, as of The Cherry Orchard, his last. Building on the success of his acclaimed adaptation of The Seagull, Tom Stoppard returns to Chekhov and the themes of bitter social satire, personal introspection, and the electrifying atmosphere of Russia on the brink of change. In these two new versions, Stoppard brings his crisp and nimble style to two masterpieces of the modern theater. Ivanov is a portrait of a man plagued with self-doubt and despair. Considered one of Chekhov’s most elusive characters, he seeks more in life than the selfabsorption and ennui he sees in his contemporaries. Tormented by falling out of love with his dying Jewish wife, Ivanov, on her death, proposes to the young daughter of his neighbor, but, as the wedding party assembles, a final burst of his habitual indecisivness has fatal results.

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Editorial Reviews

The Guardian
A richly intelligent rethink of a play.
—Michael Billington
The Independent
Tom Stoppard's new English version is vivacious. Cheeky modern colloquialisms rub along with the fin-de-siècle Russian setting.
—Kate Bassett
The Observer
It's one brilliance of Tom Stoppard's light-on-its feet, ingenious but not too pleased with itself translation that Ivanov's condition-the thing that has turned him from being an idealist to a no-hoping no-hoper-is everywhere described and nowhere diagnosed. It's a sack on the back, it's a sulk, it's a melancholy which women want to cure. The mystery becomes part of its torment; it is constantly escaping, changing shape, never treatable.
—Susannah Clapp
Variety
A pulsating theatrical rollercoaster . . . trenchant, often laugh-aloud funny translation.
—David Benedict

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802144089
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/06/2009
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
468,332
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)

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