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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605980591
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,153,407
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
A Night at the Cementery     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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A Night in the Cemetery: And Other Stories of Crime and Suspense 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TheTwoDs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While many of the stories in this collection are from early in Chekhov's writing career, and as such do not live up to his greatest works, the terrible translation and proofreading seriously detract from what could have been an enlightening glimpse at the foundations of a great artist's career. From inappropriate insertion of articles such as "the", which is ironic considering the Russian language has no articles, to a mix-up of which character is performing which action, to a tendency to change Russian surnames to the English translation (example: character's name should be Ohotnik but is rendered Hunter, which is the English translation of the Russian noun ohotnik). A good translator would never change character names but would explain their meaning through footnotes. Not a single footnote exists in this collection. Hopefully these early stories will get a proper translation one day. This edition is not recommended.