Industrial-Sized Deals TextBTS15 Shop Women's Handbags Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon $5 Albums $5 Off Fire TV Stick Off to College Essentials Shop Popular Services pivdl pivdl pivdl  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Gear Up for Football STEM Toys & Games
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

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

4 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover, Import
"Please retry"
Paperback, April 1, 2007
$260.86 $29.95

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Editorial Reviews

Review

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

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,811,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5 star
75%
4 star
25%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 18 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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
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!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on August 4, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Along with the photos the publisher saw fit to include, I wish they'd also included a map of Sakhalin Island.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Gabe on July 21, 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Incredibly interesting window into a remote penal colony.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: classics literature