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The Beauties : Essential Stories

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'The uncontestable father of the modern short story... his stories are some of the best that have ever been written' Guardian


'Chekhov's genius lies in the way he manages to convey with such apparent effortlessness a profound sense of the mystery of beauty' Philip Pullman


Chekhov was without doubt one of the greatest observers of human nature in all its untidy complexity. His short stories, written throughout his life and newly translated for this essential collection, are exquisite masterpieces in miniature. Here are tales offering a glimpse of beauty, the memory of a mistaken kiss, daydreams of adultery, a lifetime of marital neglect, the frailty of life, the inevitability of death, and the hilarious pomposity of ordinary men and women. They range from the lighthearted comic tales of his early years to some of the most achingly profound stories ever composed.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 120 x 165 x 17.78mm | 113.4g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1782273808
  • 9781782273806
  • 345,042

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The uncontestable father of the modern short story ... his stories are some of the best that have ever been written. Guardian Chekhov's genius lies in the way he manages to convey with such apparent effortlessness a profound sense of the mystery of beauty, and of the sadness of those who observe and think ... a masterpiece of minimalism -- Philip Pullman The greatest short story writer who has ever lived -- Raymond Carver In Chekhov literature seems to break its wand like Prospero, renouncing the magic of artifice, ceremony and idealisation, and facing us, for the first time, with a reflection of ourselves in our unadorned ordinariness as well as our unfathomable strangeness. -- James Lasdun
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About Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was born in Taganrog, Russia, the son of a grocer. While training as a physician he supported his family with his freelance writing, composing hundreds of short comic pieces under a pen name for local magazines. He went on to write major works of drama, including The Seagull, Uncle Vanya and The Cherry Orchard, but continued to write prize-winning short stories up until his death from tuberculosis at the age of 44.
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