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The Complete Short Novels (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 15 Aug 2005

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; Vintage Classics ed. edition (15 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781400032921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400032921
  • ASIN: 140003292X
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,334,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for previous translations by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky:
"The reinventors of the classic Russian novel for our times." -PEN/BoMC Translation Prize Citation
"Their translations have become the standard English-language texts." -Newsday
"The Brothers Karamazov": " ""One finally gets the musical whole of Dostoevksy's original." -"The New York Times Book Review"
"Anna Karenina": " ""The most scrupulous, illuminating and compelling version yet." -"The Oregonian"

Praise for previous translations by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky:

The reinventors of the classic Russian novel for our times. " PEN/BoMC Translation Prize Citation"

Their translations have become the standard English-language texts. " Newsday"

The Brothers Karamazov: " " One finally gets the musical whole of Dostoevksy s original. " The New York Times Book Review"

Anna Karenina: " "The most scrupulous, illuminating and compelling version yet. " The Oregonian""

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Anton Chekhov's short novels are here brought together in one volume for the first time, in a masterly new translation by the award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.
In these five short novels, Chekhov's masterful storytelling and his profound understanding of human nature are brilliantly evinced. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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An Everyman classic publication so it's a visual joy before delving into the stories.
The English translation is so good that you really feel you are involved in Russian life. Wonderful stories evocative of the time they were written but still relevant today. Anguish, poverty, passion, humour, frustration and the foibles of society are superbly portrayed
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My opinion regarding Chekhov is filled with bias. He is superb and limitless in scope and breadth. His dominion os the free indirect style is masterful and, aside from Flaubert, none of his era that I know of can match.

The translation is perfect - a balance between the original Russian and maintaining coherence and beauty in English.

The quality of the paper and binding is good.
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I was encouraged to buy this book when I read that William Boyd, one of my favourite modern novelists, thought that My Life is one of his favourite novels. Having now read it in this collection of short novels, or long short stories, by Chekhov I can see why. The Everyman edition is a first class production in every way. A book to treasure.
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Chekhov is the master story teller. The other great master is O'Henry, but public schools have forbidden his works along with Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). The third great story teller is Nelson Algren, another forgotten author. The short story and short novel or novella are quite an art to the craft of writing. The short novel gives the author a little more time to develop both character and story without consuming too much time in making a point. One gains insight from reading Chekhov and O'Henry, both authors give us a glimpse into the human condition. Muriel Spark does the same with her short novels as she provides the feminine approach to observation.
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