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Product Details

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461078431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461078432
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Theirs is an adagio reading, distinctive and fresh, that returns to us a work we thought we knew, subtly altered and so made new again.”—The Washington Post Book World, on Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky’s translation of The Brothers Karamazov --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This review isn't about Chekhov or even this collection of his stories.
Iko Iko
The titles are similar, and if you try to search for the Pevear and Volokhonsky version, this is the book that shows up.
Sara
Whoever cranked out this piece of junk knows nothing about typography, book design or good taste.
Tim Roessler, book lover

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sara on August 19, 2012
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If you are looking for a volume of Chekhov's stories - LOOK ELSEWHERE AND BUY SOMETHING ELSE. This edition is somehow weirdly (and in my opinion, dishonestly) connected to the Pevear and Volokhonsky volume. The titles are similar, and if you try to search for the Pevear and Volokhonsky version, this is the book that shows up. Also, if you do manage to find the P&V book (which is VERY difficult), and you click "look inside," you get this book instead. BUT THIS IS NOT THE PEVEAR AND VOLOKHONSKY TRANSLATION!!!!! The formatting is terrible - tiny, 8-point font, weird paragraph spacing - it looks like some kid did it and printed it out on his laser printer. Look carefully - this is made by "CreateSpace" - obviously, one of those made-to-order firms. The translation is terrible too. If you are looking for Pevear and Volokhonsky, you need to search under ISBN 0-553-38100-8.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Iko Iko on November 13, 2012
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This review isn't about Chekhov or even this collection of his stories. It has everything to do with the hideous printing of this edition. I have never ever ever purchased a book that uses an 8-point font throughout, like this one does. Is like reading footnotes. The spacing and layout is also weird and this makes reading it a drudgery, rather than a pleasure, as it should be.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tim Roessler, book lover on October 22, 2012
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Whoever cranked out this piece of junk knows nothing about typography, book design or good taste. The type is tiny, at eight points or so -- unreadable. Whoever made this also did not credit the translator. It feels as if someone got access to Lulu or some other printing on demand platform and decided to make some money in an underhanded way. I have had excellent experiences with Amazon overall. This edition is simply bad and insults the work of a great writer. Avoid it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roman on June 4, 2013
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***2 different books are wrongly listed in one place here--be aware of this while ordering. Check the title carefully.***

***The positive REVIEWS are for "Selected Stories" RANDOM HOUSE (496 pages); the other one here is "Stories" CreateSpace (194 pages), a totally different book with different content; these 2 titles along with customer reviews ought to be listed SEPARATELY.***

1. Stories of Chekhov, CreateSpace: Do NOT buy this CreateSpace version--it is a scam. My rating applies to this one. It is a ripoff version, printed in unreadable font and format in 194 pages, from material all available for free online in the public domain. Moreover, it is an amazon catalog mistake. If you type in "Selected Stories," it takes you to this edition.

The original is over 400 pages, newly translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky. For the right book, click the plus sign next to paperback, and choose the October 2000 version.

In the knockoff version by CreateSpace moreover, the translators are unnamed; eg, The Lady with the Dog appears here as "Lady with the Toy Dog"; "Toy Dog" is wrong--"lapdog" or "little dog" is more correct. If a translation gets it wrong even in the title, then God help us. Shady stuff.

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2. Selected Stories of Chekhov, Random House, translated by Pevear and Volkhonsky:

These two have given us a fresh version, but as Russian speaking reviewers have noted, they focus on the minute but not enough on the overall flow and tone. Don't get me wrong, this is a good one volume selection of Chekhov's stories with new translations. But there are moments when the phrasing comes across as clunky.

Eg, In Lady with the Dog: "In the company of men he was bored...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By juno on August 31, 2012
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In a book by one of the best writers ever and translated by two of the best translaters in the business, it is unforgiveable to us such a tiny (6pt) typeface. I'll not be able to read it, with either bifocals or magnifying glass.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Walter B. Cisco on June 2, 2012
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I may yet learn to appreciate Chekhov, but not from this volume; it's infinitesimal 8-point type makes reading an unbearable chore.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By exurbanite on January 7, 2013
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The type in this paperback edition is so small that one needs a magnifying glass to decipher it. No publisher is named; all that is stated inside the back cover is "Made in USA, San Bernardino, CA, 03 January 2013. I am throwing the book away as unreadable. A waste of money and a virtual scam.
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this is a horribly put together book, which is unconscionable given the incredible stories...buy another version by a reputable publisher
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