The steppe and other stories

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Knopf, Nov 26, 1991 - Fiction - 348 pages
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Anton Chekhov widely hailed as the supreme master of the short story also wrote five works long enough to be called short novels–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.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. 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 spying on an important official by serving as valet to his son gradually discovers 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. In My Life, a man renounces wealth and social position for a life of manual labor. The resulting conflict between the moral simplicity of his ideals and the complex realities of human nature culminates in a brief apocalyptic vision that is unique in Chekhov’s work.

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User Review  - gbill - LibraryThing

As Pushkin open Russian 19th century literature, so Chekhov closes it. It's interesting that Chekhov's own life (1860-1904) also aligned with the emancipation of the serfs (1861) and the "first ... Read full review

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Chekhov's mastery of the human condition is phenomenal. Read full review

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Most famous for his plays "The Cherry Orchard," "The Seagull," "Three Sisters," and "Uncle Vanya," Anton Chekhov is one of Russia's most highly regarded dramatists and short-story writers.