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Chekhov: Four Plays (Great Translations for Actors Series) Paperback – December 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-1575250656 ISBN-10: 1575250659 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Great Translations for Actors Series
  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus Pub Inc; 1st edition (December 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575250659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575250656
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chekhov left a legacy of four major dramas as well as hundreds of short comic sketches and stories. Strongly influenced by the Symbolist movement, Chekhov drew upon his personal experiences in depicting the lives of the Russian landed gentry. The period 1996-2004 marks the centennial of the premieres of his best-known plays and brings a renewed appreciation of his place in modern drama. The translations of The Three Sisters, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, and The Cherry Orchard by Rocamora (theater, Tisch Sch. of the Arts, NYU) remain faithful to the period flavor of the original while being fresh and fluid for modern American actors and audiences. Rocamora also provides a lengthy biographical sketch of Chekhov, which is useful for an understanding of his works. A respected translator, dramaturge, actor, and playwright, Schmidt intends to re-create in American English vernacular the vitality and humor of Chekhov. In this, he succeeds admirably, particularly in some of the short comedies, such as The Proposal. Schmidt's translations seem the more contemporary of the two work under review, and he makes use of many common vulgarisms in the comedies?presumably bringing them closer to what Chekhov's audiences were familiar with. Both titles offer fine contemporary translations that are a pleasure to read. If your collection can support only one "complete Chekhov," go with Schmidt; otherwise, these two titles complement each other and can be recommended for all modern drama collections.?Howard E. Miller, St. Louis
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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..fine contemporary translations that are a pleasure to read...recommended for all modern drama collections. -- Library Journal, April 1997

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 1997
Format: Paperback
Carol Rocamora's translations of Chekhov's four most important plays are, simply, brilliant. These are not adaptations of the plays, but true translations: Rocamora is Chekhovian down to the punctuation. She has made the language contemporary not by translating as if Chekhov were writing now, but by providing the language with a poetic grace that is timeless. Chekhov remains very much a writer of his time and place, and this is as it should be -- we value him because he made the specificities of his time and place universal. Rocamora's translations also fill a gap by giving us Chekhov in American English. Michael Frayn's translations are wonderful, but it is impossible to speak them without an English accent slipping onto your tongue. This edition of translations provides a fascinating introduction by Rocamora, a pronunciation guide, and glossary
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mico Kaymak on September 22, 2011
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I can't find a word to express my feelings toward translation of this book. The translator definitely understands the life and the thoughts of Chekhov. This translation is brilliant. Thank you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lazyboy on May 13, 2007
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I compared Carol Rocamora's translations to a few other translations, and found hers much more full of life; more active, more violent, and more realistic. Other translations are dry and formal compared to hers. They lack the intensity of the character's emotions and they feel less contemporary.
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The product was listed as a translation by Carol Rocamora. What I received was a much older translation by Constance Garnett.
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