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Short Stories by Anton Chekhov: About Truth, Freedom, Happiness, and Love [Paperback]

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov , Max Bollinger , Constance Garnett
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28 Feb 2011
A timeless observation of the human condition from one of the best story writers in the history of world literature. Chekhov's characteristic mix of humour and poignancy united by the themes of truth, freedom, happiness and love in the 14 story collection presented in this book.


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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Sovereign; 1st edition (28 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907832033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907832031
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,254,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in 1860 in Taganrog, a
port in southern Russia. His father was a former serf. In 1879, after
receiving a classical education at the Taganrog Gymnasium, he
moved to Moscow to study medicine. During his university years he
helped support his family by writing stories and sketches for
humorous magazines. By 1888 he was contributing to Russia's most
prestigious literary journals and regarded as a major writer. He also
started writing plays: his first full-length play, Ivanov, was produced
in 1887. After undertaking a journey to visit the penal colony on the
Siberian island of Sakhalin in 1890, he settled on a country estate
outside Moscow, where he continued to write and practise medicine.
His failing health forced him to move to Yalta in 1898, where he
wrote his most famous short story, 'The Lady with the Little Dog'
(1899), and two of his best-known plays: Three Sisters (1901) and
The Cherry Orchard (1904), written with Stanislavsky's Moscow Art
Theatre in mind. In 1901 he married the company's leading actress,
Olga Knipper. He died from tuberculosis in Badenweiler, Germany,
in July 1904 at the age of 44.

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I can't help but feel, Max Bollinger has picked these stories direct from his soul. His introduction to this book uncovers the essence of how important Chekhov has been to him since a young lad growing up in Russia. Garnett's translation, I think also, adds to the period authenticity of Chekhov's work and may be as close in meaning to stories as we will ever get to in English.

Stephen Dunne, Australia

The early stories of Anton Chekhov in this volume are obvious early works done by a master storyteller. They are sometimes simple sketches of characters which in a few pages illustrates their humanity, their strengths and weaknesses. All of the stories have been available in audiobook format, but for me reading them for myself is very gratifying. Chekhov has a grasp on the human condition and in the last three stories of the book he shows the promise that would be fulfilled with his famous stories, plays and novels.

Joseph Belliveau, Canada

Short Stories by Anton Chekhov as translated by Constance Garnett and edited by Max Bollinger provides the text to the fourteen stories on the Audio CD's 1 to 3 of Chekhov's Short Stories as very ably narrated by Max Bollinger. My favourite stories in this collection are The Helpmate and About Truth both of which are very witty.

Alan Moreton, UK --anton-chekhov.com

About the Author

Anton Chekhov 1860 – 1904, a Russian short story writer, playwright and physician, considered to be one of the greatest short story writers in the history of world literature. His career as a dramatist produced all-time classics The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and Cherry Orchard. His short stories are held in high esteem by writers, critics and audiences of all generations. Chekhov practised as a doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife," he once said, "and literature is my mistress." More here www.anton-chekhov.com

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5.0 out of 5 stars Max Bollinger's Readings Become the Written Form 16 April 2011
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Much of the grace and beauty of Chekhov's writing is best known through his plays that still are on stages almost every day of the year, somewhere in this country. He was a master at creating characters, telling stories with the most minimal of incidents magnified by pictorial dialogue that come close to making a stage set unnecessary. Although many appreciate the fact that he also was one of the finest short story writers in history, there will most assuredly be an increase in his popularity in this region once the audience has the opportunity to read what had been two superb audio CDs produced and read by Max Bollinger, a very sensitive British actor of Russian descent. In this book are many of Chekhov's short stories, A TRAGIC ACTOR, IN A STRANGE LAND, OH! THE PUBLIC, THE LOOKING GLASS, HER HUSBAND, TALENT, ANYUTA, THE HELPMATE, IVAN MATVEYICH, POLINKA, OVERDOING IT, ABOUT TRUTH, ABOUT FREEDOM, and ABOUT LOVE.

Not only is the collection well translated by Bollinger with reference to the translations by Constance Garret, but it also adds 'Notes' at the end of each story , explaining certain words and names and phrases - information that greatly enhances the enjoyment of this fine collection. This is a superb addition to the library - but NOT a replacement for Bollinger's inimitable audio CDs of his readings! Enjoy them both! Grady Harp, April 11
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5.0 out of 5 stars Max Bollinger's Readings Become the Written Form 16 April 2011
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Much of the grace and beauty of Chekhov's writing is best known through his plays that still are on stages almost every day of the year, somewhere in this country. He was a master at creating characters, telling stories with the most minimal of incidents magnified by pictorial dialogue that come close to making a stage set unnecessary. Although many appreciate the fact that he also was one of the finest short story writers in history, there will most assuredly be an increase in his popularity in this region once the audience has the opportunity to read what had been two superb audio CDs produced and read by Max Bollinger, a very sensitive British actor of Russian descent. In this book are many of Chekhov's short stories, A TRAGIC ACTOR, IN A STRANGE LAND, OH! THE PUBLIC, THE LOOKING GLASS, HER HUSBAND, TALENT, ANYUTA, THE HELPMATE, IVAN MATVEYICH, POLINKA, OVERDOING IT, ABOUT TRUTH, ABOUT FREEDOM, and ABOUT LOVE.

Not only is the collection well translated by Bollinger with reference to the translations by Constance Garret, but it also adds 'Notes' at the end of each story, explaining certain words and names and phrases - information that greatly enhances the enjoyment of this fine collection. This is a superb addition to the library - but NOT a replacement for Bollinger's inimitable audio CDs of his readings! Enjoy them both! Grady Harp, April 11
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless stories 5 Dec 2013
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These are stories written for a different time that transcend because of the humanity of the characters. Their weaknesses, their desires as well as their unfulfilled and unresolved lives are timeless. Everything is a little strange, empty, hopeless or simply monotonous. At times there are no lessons to learn or even a sense of justice or conclusion. Most of the characters don’t seem to know what they want and why they are where they are. Life simply ends for some and goes on for the rest. The stories are unique and leave you pondering about the relevance of life. Also, I am not sure if the peculiar choice of words is a product of the time the book was written or the translation.
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