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Anton Chekhov's Selected Stories (Norton Critical Editions) Paperback – February 28, 2014
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Fifty-two stories spanning Chekhov’s career.Anton Chekhov’s Selected Stories contains a wide spectrum of classics and new favorites, including “Ward No. 6,” “The Lady with the Little Dog,” “Anna on the Neck,” “The Name-Day Party,” “The Kiss,” An Incident at Law,” and “Elements Most Often Found in Novels, Short Stories, Etc.” This edition features twenty-five brand-new translations, commissioned expressly for this volume from Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, Peter Constantine, Rosamund Bartlett, Michael Henry Heim, among others. Twenty translations have been selected from the published work of such master translators as Patrick Miles and Harvey Pitcher, Ann Dunnigan, and Ronald Hingley. Seven additional translations are by Constance Garnett, substantially revised by Cathy Popkin. All stories are annotated to clarify unfamiliar material and to point out differences in the translators’ strategies.
"Life and Letters" includes a rich selection of Chekhov’s letters, some in English for the first time, some with previously redacted passages restored, as well as Aileen Kelly’s portrait of Chekhov.
“Criticism” explores the wide range of approaches and interpretations in two sections. “Approaches” juxtaposes five different perspectives on how to read Chekhov, represented by Peter Bitsilli, Alexander Chudakov, Robert Louis Jackson, Vladimir Kataev, and Radislav Lapushin. “Interpretations” contains ten divergent readings of stories in this edition. Case studies include Michael Finke on “At Sea”; Cathy Popkin on “[A Nervous] Breakdown”; Julie de Sherbinin on “Peasant Women”; Liza Knapp on “Ward No. 6”; Robert Louis Jackson on “Rothschild’s Fiddle” and “The Student”; Wolf Schmid on “The Student”; John Freedman on “Man in a Case,” “Gooseberries,” and “About Love”; Caryl Emerson on “A Calamity,” “Anna on the Neck,” “About Love,” and “The Lady with the Little Dog”; and Rufus Mathewson on “The Lady with the Little Dog” and “The Beauties.”
A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are included, as is a postscript on the translators and their work. A special section, “Comparison Translations,” gives passages from selected stories in multiple translations.
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Anton Chekhov was born on January 29, 1860 in Taganrog, Russia. He graduated from the University of Moscow in 1884. Chekhov died of tuberculosis in Germany on July 14, 1904, shortly after his marriage to actress Olga Knipper, and was buried in Moscow.
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company (February 28, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 768 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0393925307
- ISBN-13 : 978-0393925302
- Item Weight : 1.5 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.1 x 1.7 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #194,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2018
What can I say? This is one of the finest collections of Anton Chekov short stories anywhere. This is a must for anyone studying the short story form. Chekov was an absolute master. Do yourself a favor and skip all of the rest and buy this edition of Chekov's stories if you are interested in writing short fiction.
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Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2015
While this is easily the most thorough collection of Chekhov's short stories available at a reasonable price, I found the editor's commitment to offering a variety of translations to be a bit disjointed. This is a minor complaint, though. I have no reservations in giving this volume five stars. Chekhov is a master of the short story, and the beauty of his prose manages to emerge in even the weakest translations here. Many of the pieces found in this collection are nothing short of devastating. Chekhov is the godfather of minimalism. There is not a superfluous word to be found in any of his masterpieces. I like to think of Chekhov as the writer's writer. I wouldn't recommend him to everybody, but I will recommend him to anybody who has an interest in the craft of writing.
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Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2015
Mini-masterpieces set on Russian soil. Chekhov's stories and short-shorts pack a punch that leaves you reeling. Gloriously written landscape descriptions relieve, at least somewhat, the dark, cruel, nightmarish world view of this master playwright. Not for the faint of heart or the easily depressed. Good commentaries on challenges of translation; notes assume minimal knowledge of anything Russian.
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Reviewed in the United States on April 1, 2014
A must read for anyone interested in Chekhov, Russian literature and/or traditions or simply short stories in general. Popkin has done a marvelous job of pulling together stellar translations of some of Chekhov's best stories, and the Norton Critical Edition is definitely worth the extra few dollars for the richness that it affords. Great selection of interpretations and meditations on Chekhov's life and work-- a beautiful book.
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Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2014
This is an excellent collection of important Chekhov stories. The stories are accompanied by two extremely useful supporting appendices:entitled "Criticism" and "Interpretations" with additional supporting material on Chekov's "Life and Letters." There is something of value in this text for readers at all levels of experience and interest in the work of Chekhov from the intelligent novice to the much more advanced student.
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Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2014
This is a wonderful collection for ordinary readers and students of Russian literature alike. Excellent combination of Chekhov's texts, commentaries, and interpretive articles. The attention accorded to translating Chekhov is particularly impressive and rewarding.
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