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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

The Complete Short Novels

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov The Complete Short Novels Vintage Classic
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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.

Praise for previous translations by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky:

 

“The reinventors of the classic Russian novel for our times.” —PEN/BoMC Translation Prize Citation

 

“Their translations have become the standard English-language texts.” —Newsday

 

The Brothers Karamazov: “One finally gets the musical whole of Dostoevksy’s original.” —The New York Times Book Review

 

Anna Karenina:The most scrupulous, illuminating and compelling version yet.” —The Oregonian

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