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

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

by Anton Chekhov, Peter Sekirin

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605986616
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 530 KB

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.