STORIES by Anton Chekhov

STORIES

KIRKUS REVIEW

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. Pevear’s characteristically incisive introduction emphasizes Chekhov’s mastery of impressionism and realism (developed from his expressed commitment to “objectivity. . . truthful descriptions . . . [and] compassion”), en route to lucid, plainspoken translations of consensus masterpieces (“Vanka,” “The Darling,” “The Lady with the Little Dog”) and such lesser-known gems like “The Fidget,” “The Student,” and—one of its author’s most concentrated and limpid depictions of opposed “worlds” colliding—the marvelous “On Official Business.” Probably the best one-volume Chekhov currently in print, and indispensable.

Pub Date: Nov. 7th, 2000
ISBN: 0-553-38100-8
Page count: 528pp
Publisher: Bantam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2000




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