The Complete Short Novels

By Anton Pavlovich Chekhov; Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator); Richard Pevear (Translator)
(Vintage, Paperback, 9781400032921, 576pp.)

Publication Date: August 30, 2005

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Anton Chekhov, widely hailed as the supreme master of the short story, also wrote five works long enough to be called short novels-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.
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The Steppe"--the most lyrical of the five--is an account of a nine-year-old boy's frightening journey by wagon train across the steppe of southern Russia. "The Duel "sets two decadent figures--a fanatical rationalist and a man of literary sensibility--on a collision course that ends in a series of surprising reversals. In "The Story of an Unknown Man," a political radical spying on an important official by serving as valet to his son gradually discovers 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. In "My Life," a man renounces wealth and social position for a life of manual labor.
The resulting conflict between the moral simplicity of his ideals and the complex realities of human nature culminates in a brief apocalyptic vision that is unique in Chekhov's work.
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About the Author
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov 29 January 1860[1] - 15 July 1904)[2] was a Russian physician, dramaturge and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history.[3] His career as a dramatist produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics.[4][5] Chekhov practised as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife," he once said, "and literature is my mistress."[6]

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky were awarded the PEN/ Book-of-the-Month Translation Prize for "The Brothers Karamazov" and have also translated Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment", " Notes from Underground", "Demons", and "The Idiot".

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky were awarded the PEN/ Book-of-the-Month Translation Prize for "The Brothers Karamazov" and have also translated Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment", " Notes from Underground", "Demons", and "The Idiot".


Praise For The Complete Short Novels

Praise for previous translations by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky:

 

“The reinventors of the classic Russian novel for our times.” —PEN/BoMC Translation Prize Citation

 

“Their translations have become the standard English-language texts.” —Newsday

 

The Brothers Karamazov: “One finally gets the musical whole of Dostoevksy’s original.” —The New York Times Book Review

 

Anna Karenina:The most scrupulous, illuminating and compelling version yet.” —The Oregonian

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