Anton Chekhov: Later Short Stories, 1888-1903
"Chekhov is one of the few indispensable writers," said Susan Sontag. "His stories, which deluge us with feeling, make feeling more intelligent; more magnanimous. He is an artist of our moral maturity."
This volume presents forty-two of Chekhov's later short stories, written between 1888 and 1903, in acclaimed translations by Constance Garnett and chosen by Shelby Foote. Among the most outstanding are "A Dreary Story," a dispassionate tale that reflects Chekhov's doubts about his role as an artist. Thomas Mann deemed it "a truly extraordinary, fascinating story . . . unlike anything else in world literature." "The Darling," a delightful work highly admired by Tolstoy, offers comic proof that life has no meaning without love. And in "The Lady with the Dog," which Vladimir Nabokov called "one of the greatest stories ever written," a chance affair takes possession of a bored young woman and a cynical roue, changing their lives forever. Also included in this collection are the famous trilogy, "The Man in a Case," "Gooseberries," and "About Love," as
well as "Sleepy," "The Horse-Stealers," and "Betrothed."
"The greatest of Chekhov's stories are, no matter how many times reread, always an experience that strikes deep into the soul and produces an alteration there," wrote William Maxwell. "As for those masterpieces 'The Lady with the Dog, ' 'The Horse-Stealers, ' 'Sleepy, ' 'Gooseberries, ' 'About Love'--where else do you see so clearly the difference between light and dark, or how dark darkness can be."
Shelby Foote has provided an Introduction for this edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jburlinson - LibraryThing
My only intention here is to comment on a couple of translations of some of Chekhov’s stories. Of the celestial stories themselves or their author’s supreme literary excellence, well I’m just not that ... Read full review
Later short stories, 1888-1903User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This fab duo sport 110 of Chekhov's shorts (70 Early and 40 Later). Along with the text, this additionally includes a brief biography and an introduction by editor Foote. Good stuff. Read full review