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    Five Plays (Paperback) By (author) Anton Chekhov, Translated by Marina Brodskaya, Introduction by Tobias Wolff

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    DescriptionAnton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904) overturned the dramatic conventions of his day and laid the groundwork for contemporary approaches to directing and acting. Now, for the first time, the full lyricism, humor, and pathos of his greatest plays are available to an English-speaking audience. Marina Brodskaya's new translations of Ivanov, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard not only surpass in accuracy all previous translations, but also provide the first complete English text of the plays, restoring passages entirely omitted by her predecessors. This much-needed volume renders Chekhov in language that will move readers and theater audiences alike, making accessible his wordplay, unstated implications, and innovations. His characters' vulnerabilities, needs, and neuroses - their humanity - emerge through their genuine, self-absorbed conversations. The plays come to life as never before and will surprise readers with their vivacity, originality, and relevance.

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    Five Plays
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Anton Chekhov, Translated by Marina Brodskaya, Introduction by Tobias Wolff
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 312
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    ISBN 13: 9780804769662
    ISBN 10: 0804769664

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.2
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: PY
    Libri: I-PY
    B&T General Subject: 630
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: H5
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 91
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 891.723
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: DRA004000
    DC22: 891.72/3
    LC classification: PG3456 .A19 2011
    Thema V1.0: DD
    Stanford University Press
    Imprint name
    Stanford University Press
    Publication date
    25 October 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Palo Alto
    Review quote
    "Brodskaya's translation reads easily and naturally... If you haven't read [Chekhov], read him. If you have, it's always a good time to read him again." - Bob Blaisdell, San Francisco Chronicle "Tender, lucent translation that makes Chekhov's characters leap off the page." - Larry Moss, Acting Teacher and Director "Chekhov's desperate, comedic greatness comes through in these versions as never before - and precisely those two qualities are required, for Chekhov is neither infernal tragedy nor trivial farce but a special sort of purgatorial comedy. I sensed this aura for the first time in Brodskaya's translations, and shivered while laughing. This is a contemporary American-English variant of world-famous plays cast at perfect pitch, by a person who sees (as well as hears) words." - Caryl Emerson, Princeton University "[A]nyone who has taught Chekhov's plays or produced them theatrically, certainly anyone with a knowledge of the original texts, must have been frustrated by the marked defects of previous translations. Brodskaya's translation allows us to discover Chekhovian precision and the impact of his strategic word-choices, together with the light these shine on the fabric of modern drama and communication. It is deeply attuned to the spirit of Chekhov's language and his compassionate observation of humans caught in the net of their own habits and blind spots, striving to stop, cause, or foresee the huge change that has already engulfed them." - Monika Greenleaf, from her Notes on the Translation "With Chekhov, there are infinite possibilities in every thought, every interaction. All an actor asks for in a translation is that these possibilities be left open as they are so beautifully here." - Peter Sarsgaard, actor