About Love and Other Stories

About Love and Other Stories

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'the greatest short story writer who has ever lived' Raymond Carver's unequivocal verdict on Chekhov's genius has been echoed many times by writers as diverse as Katherine Mansfield, Somerset Maugham, John Cheever and Tobias Wolf. While his popularity as a playwright has sometimes overshadowed his achievements in prose, the importance of Chekhov's stories is now recognized by readers as well as by fellow authors. Their themes - alienation, the absurdity and tragedy of human existence - have as much relevance today as when they were written, and these superb new translations capture their modernist spirit. Elusive and subtle, spare and unadorned, the stories in this selection are among Chekhov's most poignant and lyrical. They include well-known pieces such as 'The Lady with the Little Dog', as well as less familiar work like 'Gusev', inspired by Chekhov's travels in the Far East, and 'Rothschild's Violin', a haunting and darkly humorous tale about death and loss.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 246 pages
  • 121.9 x 190.5 x 15.2mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192802607
  • 9780192802606
  • 1,326,383

Table of contents

THE HUNTSMAN; ON THE ROAD; THE LETTER; FORTUNE; GUSEV; FISH LOVE; THE BLACK MONK; ROTHSCHILD'S VIOLIN; THE STUDENT; THE HOUSE WITH THE MEZZANINE; IN THE CART; THE MAN IN A CASE; GOOSEBERRIES; ABOUT LOVE; THE LADY WITH THE LITTLE DOG; AT CHRISTMAS TIME; THE BISHOPshow more

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outstanding translations of a selection of Chekhov's stories... Robert Chandler, Literary Review Bartlett's Chekhov is a masterpiece of texture and rhythm. Not a false word anywhere. Caryl Emerson, Princeton University Seventeen peerless examples of how much life you can put into a few pages of fiction if you have Chekhovs economical mind, his eyes and ears, his feel for comedy and his sense of humanity. Chekhov is better known for his plays. But these are small masterpieces of their own, in a revelatory new translation. Economistshow more

About Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Rosamund Bartlett is currently working on a major biography of Chekhov. She is also editing and jointly translating Anton Chekhov: A Life in Letters, and writing The Cambridge Companion to Russian Music and Opera in Russia: A Cultural History.show more

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