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Forty Stories (Vintage Classics) Paperback – March 6, 1991
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-- Anton Chekhov
If any one writer can be said to have invented the modem short story, it is Anton Chekhov. It is not just that Chekhov democratized this art form; more than that, he changed the thrust of short fiction from relating to revealing.
And what marvelous and unbearable things are revealed in these Forty Stories. The abashed happiness of a woman in the presence of the husband who abandoned her years before. The obsequious terror of the official who accidentally sneezes on a general. The poignant astonishment of an aging Don Juan overtaken by love. Spanning the entirety of Chekhov's career and including such masterpieces as "Surgery," "The Huntsman," "Anyuta," "Sleepy-head," "The Lady With the Pet Dog," and "The Bishop," this collection manages to be amusing, dazzling, and supremely moving -- often within a single page.
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Original Language: Russian
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Rosa La Luna
*Forty Stories* covers Chekhov's artistic span from 1880-1903.Read more ›
The Huntsman-The story of a peasant who has abandoned his lover. The hunter is arrogant; his lover is a poor peasant girl besotted with the hunter. The two meet in the hunting fields on a fine Russian day. Short but powerful lyrical prose!
The Bishop-The last few days in the life of a famous Bishop of the Russian Orthoxox Church. As the old man goes through his routine duties he travels back in memory to his childhood home; hears the voices of the dead who moulded his character and prepares for the final journey to eternity. A hauntingly poignant story.
Anna Round the Neck-A beautiful girl is married to a stuffy governmental official. He craves acclaim and she seeks love. A story that observes with clarity the routines. boredom and yearning of human beings.
The Bride-A young idealistic girl rejects marriage to a landowner. She travels to Moscow and refuses to live in her childhood village. A celebration of freedom and the human spirit!
The Lady and the Lapdog-One of the author's greatest stories. The theme is adultery and how a secret love affair is conducted over the course of several years.
Superb stories by a great master of the short story! Enjoy these wonderful stories dealing with all human emotions from tragedy to boredom! Enjoy!
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I loved everyone of these short stories from Chekhov, he is definetely one of the best writers ever. A must read.Published 16 months ago by William Brutton
Excellent book. I can't believe I had never read these stories previously.
Book came in the condition as described in the write-up, and it was on time. Thanks!
I've been meaning to get to Chekhov for a while. All my smart writer friends love his stories. I brought it on vacation and spent the afternoon yesterday reading and laughing my... Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by Wendy Reads