Books by Anton Chekhov

A NIGHT IN THE CEMETERY by Anton Chekhov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2008

"A splendidly lightweight collection whose satiric touch is so deft that it seems to be sending up a genre yet unborn."
Forty-two stories, many new to English-language readers, that reveal not only the range of the Russian master (1860-1904) but what crime stories were like before they became their own genre. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 16, 2004

"A heartening confirmation of the matchless skill and humanity of one of the true masters."
A welcome gathering of the great storywriter's atypical longer works, newly translated by the industrious pair who have previously offered fresh versions of Tolstoy, Gogol, and Dostoevsky. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF A NOBODY by Anton Chekhov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2003

In this affecting (1892-93) novella, which shares many of the structural and tonal qualities of its author's later plays, an aging and ailing terrorist (the story's narrator) finds employment as a servant in a household promising access to the enemy he plans to assassinate: the "famous statesman" who is his employer Orlov's elderly father. Read full book review >

STORIES by Anton Chekhov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2000

The acclaimed translating team who've provided lively new English versions of Dostoevsky's and Gogol's masterpieces now turn their attention to the best of all possible short-story writers. Read full book review >

THE UNDISCOVERED CHEKHOV by Anton Chekhov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

Early tales rescued from the periodicals where they appeared in the 1880s, when the pseudonymous "Antosha Chekhonte" became the sole support of his indigent family.  Several are skimpy comic vignettes (e.g., "A Glossary of Terms for Young Ladies").  The better humorous tales ("On the Train," "At the Pharmacy," etc.) often closely resemble Chekhov's exuberant one-act plays, while such character-driven stories as "Intrigues" and "In Autumn" effectively adumbrate his later, greater studies of destroyed idealism and resignation.  Translator Constantine's fine Introduction makes the best possible case for accepting even what are, at their weakest, mere ephemera into the glorious Chekhov canon.

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

A moving and intimate epistolary record of the complex relationship between the great Russian playwright and the actress who eventually became his wife. Chekhov (18601904) already had an advanced case of tuberculosis when he met Knipper (18681959) in the fall of 1898. Read full book review >

KASHTANKA by Anton Chekhov
by Anton Chekhov, translated by Ronald Meyer, illustrated by Gennady Spirin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

The heroine of Chekhov's short story is a dog who gets lost and is adopted by a clown. Read full book review >

KASHTANKA by Anton Chekhov
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 7, 1991

After the little dog Kashtanka is separated from her master, who spends the day wandering from customer to tavern to relative, she is taken in by a man who feeds her better than her master ever did and begins to train her: he's a clown whose act already includes a boar, a cat, and a goose. Read full book review >