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Short Stories

4.36  ·  Rating Details ·  26,117 Ratings  ·  607 Reviews
The stories of Anton Chekhov are collected here in one large anthology.

Stories include:
The Bishop and Other Stories
The Chorus Girl and Other Stories
The Cook's Wedding and Other Stories
The Darling and Other Stories
The Duel and Other Stories
The Horse-Stealers and Other Stories
The House with the Mezzanine and Other Stories
The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories
The Party
Hardcover, Folio Society Edition, 480 pages
Published 2001 by The Folio Society (first published 1900)
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J.G. Keely
There is a vein of dull misery running through much of modern realism. It is not even tragedy, because tragedy requires that the person be suffering as a result of their actions, and that they be emotionally complex enough to understand what is happening to them, and to feel the whole of that pain.

These stories of misery have none of that, they are tales of the ignorant, of the emotionally stunted, who bumble into one stupidity after another, never realizing why or what it means. Is there a cert
Jan 06, 2017 Praveen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished the final story of this collection !
This guy is... Awesome, a master short story writer.
I fell in love with his stories almost every time.
His stories are so simple yet so powerful in impact that I have decided to write a review for each of his stories separately !

For now, three words for this collection...
Captivating !
Enthralling !
Bewitching !
La Petite Américaine
Jul 04, 2008 La Petite Américaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Is Your Brain Bigger than a Bolt? Yes? Read This.
I'm not a literary critic, obviously. My description of books as sucky/trite/trash, etc kind of make me wonder how I ever even majored in English Lit all those years ago. But let me see if I can describe Chekhov in the way I've come to understand him ... and his awesomeness. (heehee)

Chekhov was a doctor before he was a writer, he knew how the human body worked, he knew the human mind, and he knew what external stimulus (the weather, the look in a person's eye, the placement of a strange object)
Inderjit Sanghera
Feb 14, 2015 Inderjit Sanghera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Many writers pride themselves on the beauty of their prose style. Flaubert would spend days composing the perfect sentence for Madame Bovary. Nabokov wrote his prose ecstatically, his vocabulary was formidable and formed a core part of his aesthetic values. Proust’s composition was like a flower, the sentences formed a stem upon which the petals of his metaphors were able to grow and develop. Thomas Mann was concerned with weighty philosophical problems, Dostoevskii with psychological ones, Conr ...more
The stories in this collection (translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky) were written in the period 1883 to 1903. They appear to be set in the "present" - that is, they are tales of Russia and her people as things were in the last few decades of the 1800s. Chekhov's overall view of life, as revealed in the stories, is that the lot of man and woman is an unhappy one. This is true whether one is a peasant or a well off doctor, bishop, aristocrat, land owner, student ... whatever. The circumstances di ...more
Apr 08, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know, man, it doesn't matter who translates you. You always sound just like yourself. A casual observer. And yet the casualness reveals so much about us.

I picked up one of your books yesterday, having a hard time concentrating on anything else. The want to read was there, but nothing sounded good. And then I thought, Chekhov! We haven't read Chekhov in a bit. Two sentences into a randomly picked story I knew it was you, and I knew I would not put down the book until it was finished. And as
Apr 17, 2015 Io? rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Io sono per sempre condannato ad esistere al di là della mia essenza, al di là del moventi e del motivi della mia azione, sono condannato ad essere libero. E ciò significa che non è possibile trovare alla libertà altri limiti oltre se stessa, o, se si preferisce, che non siamo liberi di cessare di essere liberi."

No, non sono parole di Cechov queste, ma di Sartre. Ma potrebbero tranquillamente riflettere i pensieri di molti protagonisti cecoviani. Questa libertà però qua è lacerata e non trova p
Jun 24, 2015 Ritwik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to write a review and I don't know where to start.This is what Chekhov does to me. Anton Chekhov leaves me stupefied with his brilliance with words and descriptions. He can paint a landscape of an entire Russian circumstance along with their characters with their emotions written bare on their faces concisely and to-the-point like a surgeon.
The first few stories in this book (added date-wise) seemed incomprehensible and frivolous but as I went on the stories seemed to grow on me and the
Dec 28, 2014 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classicissimi
Sono settanta gioielli preziosi i racconti raccolti nel libro. Non avevo apprezzato fino ad ora la bellezza ed il valore dei racconti, penalizzandoli anche nella mia libreria, in cui sono rimasti intonsi per anni, nella stupida convinzione che il romanzo avesse un senso di compiutezza che ad essi manca. Ma quali racconti avevo letto fino ad oggi?
Questi di Cechov sono splendidi, sono un estratto aromatizzato dell’esistenza, come un profumato tè servito da un samovar sempre caldo. Gli aromi che s
This is an excellent group of short stories, Chekhov's favorite form of writing. I love his stories almost without exception. He is easier to read than most of the other Classic Russian writers I have read. He was a Medical Doctor by trade, of which he was proud.. Hemingway called him an amateur writer which sounds like something he would say. My favorite story in this collection is The Black Monk.
Sep 21, 2008 Rick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This collection of thirty stories by the Russian dramatist and short story master is a fine career sample, beginning with early sketches and including major stories often anthologized such as “Ward No. 6” and “The Lady with the Little Dog.” His subjects are doctors, peasants, petty officials, ferrymen, monks, nannies, soldiers, patients, artists, society folks. His topics are as broad—fidelity, integrity, meaning, duty, survival, faith, class. There are stories about a medical student and an art ...more
Jul 16, 2007 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had only previously heard of Anton Chekov in passing but never really felt inclined to read his work, thinking, wrongly, that he was one of those authors that is boring to read without taking a class on him ( **cough* James Joyce *cough**) but a book of his stories caught my eye at the library and I decided to finally indulge my curiosity. And.... I was absolutely blown away. Dazzled even. No special effects, no fantastical events needed. There is something so captivating and truthful about hi ...more
Mar 21, 2010 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I mostly read this book because Francine Prose told me to in Reading Like a Writer; but also because I had heard from multiple people that Chekhov is the shit and needs to be read by everyone.

Having finished this collection of stories, I can wholeheartedly concur. There's nothing especially earth-shattering or revelatory about these stories - for the most part, each one is about ordinary people living ordinary lives and having ordinary experiences. There's nothing very special going on wit
May 30, 2016 Darkhan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"At the door of every contented, happy man somebody should stand with a little hammer, constantly tapping, to remind him that unhappy people exist, that however happy he may be, sooner or later life will show him its claws, some calamity will befall him - illness, poverty, loss - and nobody will hear or see, just as he doesn't hear or see others now. But there is nobody with a little hammer, the happy man lives on, and the petty cares of life stir him only slightly, as wind stirs an aspen - and ...more
Hugo Emanuel
Apr 17, 2014 Hugo Emanuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Esta foi a primeira colecção de histórias que li de Chekhov (ou Tchekhov, se preferirem a tradução dada ao nome do autor em português. Usarei nesta “review” a tradução utilizada pela editora que publicou a edição que li). Já tinha lido em algumas antologias que coleccionavam contos de vários autores umas duas ou três das suas histórias, as quais deixaram uma impressão extremamente favorável do autor. Tinha prometido a mim próprio na altura vir a ler muito mais da obra de Chekhov num futuro próxi ...more
Sep 26, 2011 Jessica marked it as sampled-a-few  ·  review of another edition
I'm generally good about not being too starstruck by literary reputation, and I feel pretty confident that I can bravely approach the big guns and judge them based on my personal view of their merits. But with Chekhov, for some reason, I find myself cowed. Like, I'm just not really sure what I think of him and I kind of have this stupid feeling like I want someone to tell me. You know, it's CHEKHOV, right? I should have some big RESPONSE. I should love him! Or loathe him! I need to think somethi ...more
Leo Robertson
May 29, 2015 Leo Robertson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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WOW. These are total stories. Chekhov truly is a courageous champion of the unsaid, the stories of the untold lives of ordinary folk, of social justice.

Who knew that grey language could evoke so many emotions, transcend so many genres, and bite and rage and ironically smirk after so many years?? From horror stories like Sleepy and Ward No. 6 to the terror, humour and tedium of A Boring Story, the apparent celebration of madness in The Black Monk, the revelation of the sea, nay, the universe’s(!)
David Fleming
The Short Stories of Anton Chekhov

Of course, any fan/writer/enthusiast of the short story should read this book! I would recommend reading this in conjunction with either Stephen King's Graveyard Shift or Edgar Allan Poe's collected works.

That probably sounds like a strange recommendation but Anton Chekhov was a very caring writer that, as a medical doctor, obviously had access to both the upper and lower rungs of society. His emphasis is more on the broad sweep of society and on emotion. Both
pierlapo  quimby
Consideravo che leggere Cechov sotto il sole di Creta offre indubbi vantaggi allo sprovveduto lettore.
Primo: non c'è da patire il freddo per quei lunghi inverni gelidi, le tormente di neve, i rami ghiacciati che fanno da sfondo alla gran parte dei racconti; basta osservarsi lunghi distesi sul lettino, imperlati di sudore, ben oliati di creme solari e anche il più piccolo tremito viene subito ricacciato indietro.
Poi, le pene d'amore, le parole non pronunciate, gli sguardi fiduciosi e timorosi, gl
Mar 25, 2016 Jade rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
(Wordsworth Classics, 1995)

I thought I would enjoy this book more than I actually did. A good amount
of these stories left me cold, baffled, or just not very satisfied.

There were a few I liked, especially "The Night Before Easter."

Novel or not, there's a lot to be learned from Chekhov's simple presentation of complex characters and his descriptive scenes. And some parts were very funny, even if the whole wasn't amazing.

Ahmad Sharabiani
Aug 17, 2015 Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, russia
مجموعه داستان های کوتاه چخوف
Siempre digo que Antón Chéjov es uno de mis escritores favoritos. Pero mi amor por él se cimienta principalmente en su teatro, porque sus cuentos los he leído mucho menos. En la biblioteca hay un tocho con absolutamente todos sus cuentos y empecé a leerlos de allí, pero el problema (además de que el libro pesa mucho) es que están por orden cronológico y, por más que idolatre Chéjov, tengo que reconocer que sus primeros relatos no son muy chéjovianos; son demasiado sentimentales para mi gusto; la ...more
Roy Lotz
It is a difficult prospect to review a collection of short stories. There isn’t an overarching plot to grab hold of, nor, perhaps, even a consistent theme-group. One is reduced to arranging scatterd bits and pieces of reflections and reactions, which—if all goes well—will add up to some sort of general impression.

My general impression of Chekhov is that he is a great artist; he is a master in every sense of the word.

Writing a good short story is a delicate art. Unlike the writer of a novel, the
Harsha Varma
Chekhov's style is really unique. The stories are natural, most don't have a formal plot, there are no teachings or morals to be drawn. Beginnings and endings are often irrelevant. Most of the stories don't end, just like real life. What strikes you is the incredible brevity with which he strikes, every detail is vital to the story.

Consider, At Christmas time. It's probably 5 pages long. It's about an old couple in a village, who haven't talked to their daughter since she moved to the city afte
S Prakash
Apr 15, 2015 S Prakash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there.” This famous principle of Chekov on writing and which he had followed in earnest has produced some of the finest, crisp short stories.

His stories are a reflection on the Russian society in the late nineteenth century; moral conflicts of individuals;
Aug 03, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much to learn from the creator, literally, of the modern short story--and its arc.

And so worth it writers and readers to remember this: “‘Who will read me, who will care?’ It does not help the work to be done, that work already completed is surrounded by silence and indifference—if it is published at all. Few books ever have the attention of a review—good or bad. Fewer stay longer than a few weeks on bookstore shelves, if they get there at all. … ‘Works of art’ (or at least books, stories, p
May 12, 2016 Mehdi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

ایونا درشکه چی ِ پیر، مرد نظامی را سوار می کند و می گوید: پسرم ارباب. ..پسرم چند روز پیش مرد.
مرد نظامی (بی تفاوت): تند تر برو پیرمرد!
سه مرد جوان سوار می شوند؛ ایونا میخندد و میگوید: - هه هه هه. ..چه جوانهای شادی! - این هفته پسرم. ..پسر جوانم مرد!
جوان یک پس گردنی به ایونا زد. ایونا صدای پس گردنی را حس میکند، نه خود پس گردنی را. خنده کنان میگوید:
- هه هه هه. ...چه اربابهای شاد و شنگولی! خدا شما را حفظ کند.
Dec 16, 2013 Tess marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
"I am going to order you to do something new, if you haven’t done it already. Get a collection of the short stories of Chekhov and read every one. Then read “Youth” by Joseph Conrad. I’m not suggesting that you do these things. I am ordering you to do them." - Kurt Vonnegut's life-advice to his children
Mark Crouch
Sep 12, 2016 Mark Crouch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A+! 5 stars! Truly phenomenal stuff here. One can almost be perturbed reading this fantastic collection of Chekhov stories at how easily he's able to capture human nature and the human condition with such minimalistic beauty.
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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in the small seaport of Taganrog, southern Russia, the son of a grocer. Chekhov's grandfather was a serf, who had bought his own freedom and that of his three sons in 1841. He also taught himself to read and write. Yevgenia Morozova, Chekhov's mother, was the daughter of a cloth merchant.

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