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The Story of a Nobody (Hesperus Classics) Paperback – July 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-1843910039 ISBN-10: 1843910039 Edition: only single volume ed

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Having read The Story of a Nobody, I am resolved to read the rest of his tales... -- Louis de Bernieres

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Hesperus Press, as suggested by their Latin motto, Et remotissima prope, is dedicated to bringing near what is far—far both in space and time. Works by illustrious authors, often unjustly neglected or simply little known in the English–speaking world, are made accessible through a completely fresh editorial approach or new translations. Through these short classic works, which feature forewords by leading contemporary authors, the modern reader will be introduced to the greatest writers of Europe and America. An elegantly designed series of exceptional books.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hesperus Classics
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press; only single volume ed edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843910039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843910039
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,346,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By vidyanand on August 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
This novel of 122 pages by Chekhov is very interesting and powerful.This Nobody, who is also the narrator of the story(Stepan) , belongs to a terrorist group and manages to get the job of a servant in the household of a government official's son(Orlov, also called Georgy Ivanych) , with a view to spy on the father.But the experience of staying in that house changes the mission of this young Nobody .Suddenly , he realizes the purposelessness of life and becomes disillusioned with his mission .He gives up his mission.

Orlov is fond of reading new books.He falls in love with a married woman , Zinaida Fyodorovna.She leaves her husband and moves into the house of Orlov.It is then that Orlov begins to avoid her , and goes on for long periods to stay with one of his male friends , just to escape her.Finally , Zinaida discovers the truth , and Stepan helps her to escape from St. Petersberg to Venice.

Zinaida becomes a cynic and tells Stepan that there is no difference between Stepan and Orlov.Both had deceived her and abandoned her in their own ways.Stepan does bring her to Paris but she sees no future for her.Stepan first thinks that it is due to her cynicism and despair , but later realizes that what she says has truth in it.

Zinaida gives birth to a baby of Orlov(Sonya) , and dies during child birth (perhaps by consuming poison.).Stepan returns with Sonya to St. Petersberg. Stepan realizes that he is not well , is old and is nearing his death .He goes to Orlov to discuss the future of Sonya.Orlov tells him to send Sonya to a boarding house , and also tells him to discuss things with the ex-husband of Zinaida.
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