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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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  • 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,006,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Sakhalin Island is a landmark work by Anton Chekhov about the tsarist penal colony in far eastern Russia, north of Japan. Chekhov says that people would be sentenced to the colony, sent to the island and be forgotten and neglected by the administration in Moscow. Chekhov's daring trip to the island, overland without much by way of rail service (he went in 1890), is startling evidence of his personal commitment to informing the rest of Russia about the circumstances for prisoners on the island. The book is also important as one of the first modern attempts to address the problem of prison for a society. This book is of interest to all people for it will help them understand a conflict fundamental to society: How do we properly punish crime while still preparing convicts to be citizens again when the time comes? Chekhov, who was also a qualified medical doctor, approaches this book very analytically as a medical study, however the humanity of his presentation is also evident as he tells his story. This edition also includes relevant letters from his voluminous correspondence and his account of the trip to the island called "From Siberia". This book is more than worth the price of obtaining it. Buy it now!
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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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Incredibly interesting window into a remote penal colony.
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