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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (10 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199536694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199536696
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2.8 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In these superlative translations, Marina Brodskaya succeeds in letting Chekhov speak for himself. Her sensitivity to Chekhov's concise and delicate language allows the beauty of his writing to shine through in a way which is wonderfully redolent of the original Russian."—Rosamund Bartlett, author of Chekhov: Scenes From a Life, translator of "About Love and Other Stories", and Founding Director of the Anton Chekhov Foundation

"Brodskaya's translation reads easily and naturally... If you haven't read [Chekhov], read him. If you have, it's always a good time to read him again."Bob Blaisdell, "San Francisco Chronicle""

"Tender, lucent translation that makes Chekhov's characters leap off the page."Larry Moss, Acting Teacher and Director"

"Chekhov's desperate, comedic greatness comes through in these versions as never beforeand precisely those two qualities are required, for Chekhov is neither infernal tragedy nor trivial farce but a special sort of purgatorial comedy. I sensed this aura for the first time in Brodskaya's translations, and shivered while laughing. This is a contemporary American-English variant of world-famous plays cast at perfect pitch, by a person who "sees" (as well as hears) words."Caryl Emerson, Princeton University"

"[A]nyone who has taught Chekhov's plays or produced them theatrically, certainly anyone with a knowledge of the original texts, must have been frustrated by the marked defects of previous translations. Brodskaya's translation allows us to discover Chekhovian precision and the impact of his strategic word-choices, together with the light these shine on the fabric of modern drama and communication. It is deeply attuned to the spirit of Chekhov's language and his compassionate observation of humans caught in the net of their own habits and blind spots, striving to stop, cause, or foresee the huge change that has already engulfed them."Monika Greenleaf, from her "Notes on the Translation""

"With Chekhov, there are infinite possibilities in every thought, every interaction. All an actor asks for in a translation is that these possibilities be left open as they are so beautifully here."Peter Sarsgaard, actor
"In these superlative translations, Marina Brodskaya succeeds in letting Chekhov speak for himself. Her sensitivity to Chekhov's concise and delicate language allows the beauty of his writing to shine through in a way which is wonderfully redolent of the original Russian."Rosamund Bartlett, author of Chekhov: Scenes From a Life, translator of "About Love and Other Stories," and Founding Director of the Anton Chekhov Foundation" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Dr. Ronald Hingley, Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, has written many books on Russia, including "The Russian Mind", and is translator and editor of "The Oxford Chekhov".


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Having viewed the Young Chekov series at Chichester Theatre Festival, I embarked on my "Chekov by total immersion" phase, and this book is an excellent way to catch up on several of his other better known plays. Often productions can look dated and slightly boring, so I believe that reading the plays can really help to give a fuller understanding of his marvellous writing and technique.
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I bought this book as part of my Open Uni literature degree. I'd heard of Chekhov but not read or seen any of his work before, Well others may disagree but I read The Cherry Orchard and I thought it was as dull as dishwater and I can't believe I actually had to see it through to the end in order to write my essay on it - which I got an average pass on, lol! Maybe he's one of those writers who it's better to see their work performed live rather than read it, and true enough there are interesting issues with this play relating to how it is performed and the fourth wall etc, also I thought Chekhov's personal history/story was more interesting than this book of plays. Oh well at least it gives boasting rights to be able to say "Yes, I've read Chekhov..." :-)
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Excellent. For my daughter's course work
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Had to buy for uni
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