"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
About the Author
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.
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