Short Stories by Anton Chekhov, Book 2

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By Anton Chekhov

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The poignant, everyday dramas of Imperial Russia with the subtle sound effects including music by Pyotr Tchaikovskiy and the Russian-sounding narrator adding credibility and authenticity to the listening. Featuring: Talent, Anyuta, The Helpmate, Ivan Matveyitch, Polinka.

The selection of stories in this book represents Chekhov's early work which perhaps is not as well known as some of his plays. The stories nevertheless possess unique potency and relevance to our modern lives just as they did back in 19th century Russia when they first appeared in various Russian publications.

Chekhov himself described his work as comic satire: "All I wanted was to say honestly to people: 'Have a look at yourselves and see how bad and dreary your lives are!' The important thing is that people should realize that, for when they do, they will most certainly create another and better life for themselves. I will not live to see it, but I know that it will be quite different, quite unlike our present life."

Chekhov was often criticized by prominent literary reviewers of the time for not providing readers with an answer or ideas how these "dreary lives" can be improved. Of course Chekhov is not giving a direct instruction or providing readers with a manual on how to live a life, but it is possible to find solutions in his stories ? they appear between the lines for each reader. Resolutions are different for each person and only each individual soul can find the right and most appropriate way in their life. Chekhov's own response to this is well documented. He often insisted that the job of an artist was not to answer questions, it was to ask them.


01 Talent

02 Anyuta

03 The Helpmate

04 Ivan Matveyitch

05 Polinka

Short Stories by Anton Chekhov, Book 2