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Anton Chekhov – Short-Stories Collection
A unique collection which includes five volumes of stories by Anton Chekhov, all presented in new translations. They range from well-known and acknowledged gems to lesser-known ones. Some of the stories are available for the first time in English.
This volume represents a clear milestone in the writer’s passage from the youthful Antosha Chekhonte, author of slight comic sketches, to the mature master of the short-story genre.
One of Chekhov’s most admired stories, ‘The Kiss’ is joined in this volume by six other celebrated tales in a new translation by Hugh Aplin, making this an indispensable collection for those wanting to discover Chekhov at his creative best.
The Looking Glass and Other Stories
Presented in a new translation by Stephen Pimenoff, ‘The Looking Glass’ is accompanied in this volume by thirty-four other short stories by Chekhov, some of them never translated before into English.
Mostly dealing with the lives of downtrodden “little” men and low-ranking civil servants as they navigate the corruption and malpractice of Russian officialdom, this volume – here presented in Stephen Pimenoff’s lively new translation – bristles with wit and humour, and is tinged by that understated note of melancholy and lyricism that is a trademark of Chekhov’s writing.
The Woman in the Case and Other Stories
This collection of lesser-known early short fiction demonstrates Anton Chekhov’s mastery of the genre, with stories about marital infidelity, betrayal, deception and love in its various forms.
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Anton Chekhov (1860–1904) is one of the giants of modern literature, exerting a strong influence on many present-day novelists and dramatists. As a playwright, he ranks in popularity second only to Shakespeare in the English-speaking world. As a prose writer, he was one of the first to use the stream-of-consciousness technique, and his anti-heroic realism, full of ambiguity and allusion, provides no easy moral conclusions and results in a new kind of narrative approaching real life in a way no writer had achieved before him.