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Sakhalin Island (Oneworld Classics) Paperback – April 1, 2007

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"The tension that arises between Chekhov's lyrical and naturalistic impulses generates a narrative that is always compelling."  —The Independent

"Sakhalin Island will never eclipse The Cherry Orchard. But it is every bit as impressive a masterpiece."  —The Times Literary Supplement

"As a work of literature, Sakhalin Island is a masterpiece of restrained, dignified, unsentimental prose . . . Yet the overall impact is haunting."  —The Observer

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Anton Chekhov 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Oneworld Classics
  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Classics; annotated edition edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847490034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847490032
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,874,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Janice Briggs on December 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
Chekhov has been admired and reviled for this work. Why it has been attacked is not understandable to an intelligent reader. What a book! What writing! What interesting information! I had only known Chekhov's plays and some stories so this was a surprise. To discover this detailed picture of the island of Sakhalin as a penal colony was a treasure; albeit a sad one. Chekhov shows you the despairing lives of these convicts of the Russian tzars without sensationalizing. Since I am doing research for a novel the considerable detail has been rewarding. Since I love excellent writing I have been captivated in the reading. Anyone who is interested in the details of its criticism and an excellent analysis should read Cathy Popkin's "Chekhov as ethnographer" in Slavic Review V 51, No. 1 Spring 992. She captures Chekhov's problems detailing Sakhalin with great insight.
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Along with the photos the publisher saw fit to include, I wish they'd also included a map of Sakhalin Island.
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