The Complete Short Novels

The Complete Short Novels by Anton Chekhov 140003292X 9781400032921
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Anton Chekhovs 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. Chekhov, widely hailed as the supreme master of the short story, also wrote five works long enough to be called short novels. The Steppethe most lyrical of the fiveis an account of a nine-year-old boys frightening journey by wagon train across the steppe of southern Russia to enroll in a distant school. The Duel sets two decadent figuresa fanatical rationalist and a man of literary sensibilityon a collision course that ends in a series of surprising reversals. In The Story of an Unknown Man, a political radical plans to spy on an important official by serving as valet to his son, however, as he gradually becomes involved as a silent witness in the intimate life of his young employer, he finds that his own terminal illness has changed his long-held priorities in startling ways. Three Years recounts a complex series of ironies in the personal life of a rich but passive Moscow merchant, engaging time as a narrative element in a way unusual in Chekhovs fiction. In My Life, a man renounces wealth and social position for a life of manual labor, and the resulting conflict between the moral simplicity of his ideals and the complex realities of human nauture culminates in an apocalyptic vision that is unique in Chekhovs work. In these five short novels, Chekhovs masterful storytelling and his profound understanding of human nature are brilliantly evinced. From the Hardcover edition.

Author: Anton Chekhov

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 576

Publisher: Vintage

Publication Date: 2005-08-30

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