The Undiscovered Chekhov

The Undiscovered Chekhov

Thirty-eight New Stories

Book - 1998
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The Undiscovered Chekhov gives us, in rich abundance, a new Chekhov. Peter Constantine's historic collection presents 38 new stories and with them a fresh interpretation of the Russian master. In contrast to the brooding representative of a dying century we have seen over and over, here is Chekhov's work from the 1880s, when Chekhov was in his twenties and his writing was sharp, witty and innovative.
Many of the stories in The Undiscovered Chekhov reveal Chekhov as a keen modernist. Emphasizing impressions and the juxtaposition of incongruent elements, instead of the straight narrative his readers were used to, these stories upturned many of the assumptions of storytelling of the period.
Here is "Sarah Bernhardt Comes to Town," written as a series of telegrams, beginning with "Have been drinking to Sarah's health all week! Enchanting! She actually dies standing up!..." In "Confession...," a thirty-nine year old bachelor recounts some of the fifteen times chance foiled his marriage plans. In "How I Came to be Lawfully Wed," a couple reminisces about the day they vowed to resist their parents' plans that they should marry. And in the more familiarly Chekhovian "Autumn," an alcoholic landowner fallen low and a peasant from his village meet far from home in a sad and haunting reunion in which the action of the story is far less important than the powerful impression it leaves with the reader that each man must live his life and has his reasons.

Baker & Taylor
Introduces English-speaking readers to short stories that were published in Russian magazines in the 1880s

& Taylor

Introduces English-speaking readers to thirty-eight short stories, published in Russian magazines in the 1880s in the beginning of the great writer's career, that established him as a modernist innovator through their unconventional approach to the form. IP.

Publisher: New York : Seven Stories, 1998
Edition: Seven Stories Press 1st ed
Description: xxi, 200 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781888363760
Branch Call Number: Chek
Additional Contributors: Constantine, Peter, 1963-


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Dec 19, 2014

This collection of sketches, vignettes, and rants by Chekhov are drawn from several Russian periodicals of the late 1800s.

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