`Even if he had written nothing else', Ivan Bunin wrote of Chekhov's early stories, `we would still have said that an amazing mind had flashed through Russian literature'. His youthful work immediately established Chekhov as a leading writer of both comic and serious fiction. The humorous tales have delighted Russians since the 1880s, while the many admirers of the more serious stories include James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield. In this selection, stories with punchy endings jostle with outrageous paradies, fracical situations, the pastoral comedy of Romance with Double-Bass, and the absurdist humour of classics such as The Death of a Civil Servant. But the volume also contains some of Chekhov's finest stories about children, `non-love' stories like The Little Joke and The Kiss, the hauntingly lyrical Easter Night, and the chilling Let Me Sleep. This translation does full justice to the masterful range of the young Chekhov; for those unfamiliar with his early work this edition will be a revelation.
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Review: Early Stories (World's Classics)User Review - Wayne - Goodreads
POST READ: A wonderful range of stories here, from what are termed 'cartoons' because of their brevity - humorous, ironic, satirical yet sympathetic...to ones that will just tear at your heart, the ... Read full review
Review: Early Stories (World's Classics)User Review - Eric Hoefler - Goodreads
Somewhat uneven stories and sketches, but his skill is obvious, some entries are amazing, and it's interesting to see his aesthetic developing. Read full review
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