Uncle Vanya: Methuen Student Edition

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Overview

A masterpiece of Russian drama, now in a student edition

Along with Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya is credited as one of Chekhov's masterpieces and a significant precursor of modern drama. Set on a country estate in late nineteenth century Russia, Uncle Vanya is in part a study of the enervation of Russian middle-class provincial life. The major dynamics between the characters themselves are centred on two obsessive love affairs that lead nowhere and a flirtation that brings disaster. Mixing the tragic and the absurd and dealing with a form that allows for ambiguity and contradiction, Uncle Vanya has been deemed "the first modernist play". (David Lan)

"It is the element of might-have-been in Chekhov's characters that makes their sense of waste so tragic ... I know of no more moving climax in world drama." Guardian

Definitive translation by acclaimed playwright Michael Frayn

Methuen Student Editions are expertly annotated texts of a wide range of plays. Contains the complete text of the play, the volume contains a chronology of the playwright's life and work; an introduction giving the background to the play; a discussion of various interpretations; and notes on individual words and phrases in the text

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780413774712
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Student Editions Series
  • Edition description: Student
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.83 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Chekhov was one of the greatest playwrights and short story writers ever born. Michael Frayn is the award-winning writer of the novels Headlong and Spies, and the plays Noises Off, Copenhagen and Democracy - which had a successful run on Broadway in 2004

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