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Forty Storiesby Anton Chekhov
Synopses & Reviews
I long to embrace, to include in my own short life, all that is accessible to man. I long to speak, to read, to wield a hammer in a great factory, to keep watch at sea, to plow. I want to be walking along theNevsky Prospect, or in the open fields, or on the ocean — wherever my imagination ranges.
-- Anton Chekhov
If any one writer can be said to have invented the modem shortstory, 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 unbearablethings 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. Thepoignant 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 — oftenwithin a single page.
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Selected stories from each period of Chekhov's career offer a humorous look at ordinary people in trying situations
Table of Contents
The little apples — St. Peter's Day — Green scythe — Joy — The ninny — The highest heights — Death of a government clerk — At the post office — Surgery — In the cemetery — Where there's a will, there's a way — A report — The threat — The huntsman — The malefactor — A dead body — Sergeant Prishibeyev — A blunder — Heartache — Anyuta — The proposal — Vanka — Who is to blame? — Typhus — Sleepyhead — The princess — Gusev — The peasant women — After the theater — A fragment — In exile — Big Volodya and little Volodya — The student — Anna round the neck — The house with the mezzanine — In the horsecart — On love — The lady with the pet dog — The bishop — The bride
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