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  • Audio CD: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Sovereign (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190783205X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907832055
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,406,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chekhov's stories are about nothing and everything. This trilogy has the timeless simplicity of what Nabokov called Chekhov's "dove-grey world": the lives of ordinary people set in the extraordinary expanse of Russia's landscape and altering skies. But in the unrequited longings of the characters' souls, in their quiet tragedies and in their questioning of truth, freedom, love and happiness, the stories are lifted to another plane. Russian-born Max Bollinger whose passion for Chekhov is palpable, is perfect reader. --Rachel Redford, The Observer (UK)

About the Author

About The Author

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov 1860 1904, one of Russia's most cherished storyteller, playwright and one of the greatest dramatists of all time. Chekhov himself described his plays as comic satire: "All I wanted was to say honestly to people: 'Have a look at yourselves and see how bad and dreary your lives are!' The important thing is that people should realize that, for when they do, they will most certainly create another and better life for themselves. I will not live to see it, but I know that it will be quite different, quite unlike our present life."

What the Critics Say About Anton Chekhov

His meticulous anatomies of complicated human impulse and response, his view of what's funny and poignant, his clear-eyed observance of life as lived all somehow matches our experience. Richard Ford

Anton Chekhov's late stories mark a pivotal moment in European fiction the point where nineteenth-century realist conventions of the short story begin their transformation into the modern form. His psychological insight was profound and dynamic. Joyce may have more exactly captured the texture of human consciousness, but no short story writer has better expressed its often invisible complexities. Dana Gioia

About The Translator

Constance Clara Garnett 1861 1946, an English translator of nineteenth century Russian Literature. Following her visit to Russia in 1893 where she met Leo Tolstoy, Constance started translating Russian literature, which became her life's passion and resulted in English language versions of dozens of volumes by Tolstoy, Pushkin, Turgenev, Chekhov and other prominent Russian writers. Russian anarchist Sergei Stepniak assisted in preparation of her early works.

Joseph Conrad compared Constance to a great musician interpreting a great composer when (Turgenev). Katherine Mansfield wrote: 'Constance Garnett transformed the lives of younger authors by revealing a new world.' Without her translations, H. E. Bates believed, modern English literature itself could not have been what it is. Max Bollinger considers Garnett s translation work as the most faithful to original Russian and most characteristic of the era. He wrote in his introductory note to Turgenev's Mumu: 'As a native Russian speaker I can tell you that the elegance, wit and idiomatic composition of Garnett s work is of highest calibre. There are very few modern translators who can compete with Constance. I must commend Constance for finding such finely tuned and creative way of relaying the social status and other characteristics of personages in the story. Constance does capture the very spirit and essence of the time.'

About The Composer

Antonin Dvorak 1841 1904, a Czech composer of Romantic music, who used elements of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia. His works include operas, symphonic, choral and chamber music. His best-known works include his New World Symphony, the Slavonic Dances, "American" String Quartet, and Cello Concerto in B minor. Dvorak s symphonic poems are among his most original symphonic works. Audio book adaptation of Chekhov s Trilogy about Truth, Freedom and Love produced by Max Bollinger includes music themes based on Dvorak's Slavonic Daces composition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp on 16 Dec. 2010
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Max Bollinger adds to his growing collection of audio books with this release of a very important trilogy of works by Anton Chekhov - ABOUT TRUTH, ABOUT FREEDOM, and ABOUT LOVE, written in 1898. These fascinating stories are described by the reader Max Bollinger 'The three stories in this volume present particular importance to Chekhov himself....I also found these three stories rather special for a number of reasons, one of which is the fact that Chekhov opens his personal heart here and allows his personal voice to show the goodness of his soul. I hope the listeners and readers will be able to appreciate not only the literary qualities of these magnificent pieces, but will also see what a wonderful human being Anton Pavlovich was and still is today and will be able to see his amazing ability to enrich our lies through his words.' The stories are meant to be together and hence the inclusion of two CDs to make this a total experience.

Once again Bollinger's mixed accent of Russian and British flavor adds immensely to these three stories. Being not only an actor and Russian historian and expert on Russian literature, Bollinger has adapted the Constance Clara Garnett translations of these stories with aplomb. He also has elected to enhance the mood of these stories by including some background sounds like rain and portions of music from Antonin Dvorák's 'Slavonic Dances', much the way he used Tchaikovsky in his previous readings of Chekhov. This is a total success of theatrically presenting the drama of Chekhov with the spoken voice, atmospheric sounds and appropriate music. Grady Harp, December 10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Olga Antonovskaya on 5 Feb. 2011
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As a native Russian speaker and a big admirer of Chekhov, I felt a little bit apprehensive before listening to an audio book of one of the greatest Russian authors in English. However this carefully selected collection of stories, including my all time favourite About Love, in a talented interpretation of Max Bollinger turned out to be an utter treat. Thanks to the faithful translation the text preserves the pace, poetry and depth of the Russian original. The narrator's presentation of the stories is thoughtful and moving, while classical music helps to set the mood and atmosphere.
All in all, highly recommended experience.
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By Richard Golden on 30 Oct. 2014
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A Continuation of Treasures by Chekhov 16 Dec. 2010
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Max Bollinger adds to his growing collection of audio books with this release of a very important trilogy of works by Anton Chekhov - ABOUT TRUTH, ABOUT FREEDOM, and ABOUT LOVE, written in 1898. These fascinating stories are described by the reader Max Bollinger 'The three stories in this volume present particular importance to Chekhov himself....I also found these three stories rather special for a number of reasons, one of which is the fact that Chekhov opens his personal heart here and allows his personal voice to show the goodness of his soul. I hope the listeners and readers will be able to appreciate not only the literary qualities of these magnificent pieces, but will also see what a wonderful human being Anton Pavlovich was and still is today and will be able to see his amazing ability to enrich our lies through his words.' The stories are meant to be together and hence the inclusion of two CDs to make this a total experience.

Once again Bollinger's mixed accent of Russian and British flavor adds immensely to these three stories. Being not only an actor and Russian historian and expert on Russian literature, Bollinger has adapted the Constance Clara Garnett translations of these stories with aplomb. He also has elected to enhance the mood of these stories by including some background sounds like rain and portions of music from Antonin Dvorák's 'Slavonic Dances', much the way he used Tchaikovsky in his previous readings of Chekhov. This is a total success of theatrically presenting the drama of Chekhov with the spoken voice, atmospheric sounds and appropriate music. Grady Harp, December 10
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