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Complete Short Novels

Chekhov, Anton

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Aanton 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.
\”From the Hardcover edition.\”

Format: Paperback
Pages: 576
Imprint: Vintage US/RH
Publication date: 15/08/2005
Series: Vintage Classics

ISBN: 9781400032921 Categories: ,