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The Kiss and Other Stories

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A selection of ten stories written when Chekhov had reached his maturity as a short storywriter, between 1887 and 1902. They show him as a master of compression and a probing analyst, unmasking the mediocrity, lack of ideals, and spiritual and physical inertia of his generation. In these grim pictures of peasant life, and telling portraits of men and women enmeshed in triv ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published September 30th 1982 by Penguin Classics (first published January 1st 1965)
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I think, "The Kiss" is the best story in this collection. It's hard to read that first and then try to top it with other stories because it's that good. The simple act of one mistaken kiss creates a flurry of excitement and fantasy and brings so much joy to the narrator that you can't help wish for an accidental kiss as well.
After all, what a lot of contented, happy people there must be! What an overwhelming power that means! I look at this life and see the arrogance and the idleness of the strong, the ignorance and bestiality of the weak, the horrible poverty everywhere, overcrowding, drunkenness, hypocrisy, falsehood. . . . Meanwhile in all the houses, all the streets, there is peace; out of fifty thousand people who live in our town there is not one to kick against it all. Think of the people who go to the market ...more
Gláucia Renata
O autor é mestre no gênero conto e esse volume reúne um de meus preferidos, Enfermaria número 6, onde podemos observar sua vivência como médico. Contém outros cinco contos, todos primorosos.
One of the masters of the short story, Chekhov weaves his tales with careful attention and pulls all kinds of punches with his delivery. The Kiss is one of the stand out stories in this collection, it is both beautiful and devastating a must read for the short story lover.
Even the stories that aren't so amazing are at a level far above what some may only dream to achieve.
Es penoso decir que éste fue mi primer acercamiento a Chekhov, pero me encantó. Este libro de cuentos es una prueba de que no es necesario tocar temas complicados ni existenciales, con lenguaje rebuscado y un estilo complicado, como hacen otros autores a quienes parece importarles más demostrar lo inteligentes que son que transmitir algo. Chekhov toca temas cotidianos, aparentemente simples y casi anodinos, y los desarrolla con un lenguaje tan sencillo que parecería que nos los está platicando u ...more
Chekhov really is the master of the short story. His characters are very human; his observations of the psyche are as real as they are insightful, and thus it is easy to empathize with his characters: one feels as hapless as Ryabovich following the fateful kiss. It's hard to forget any of Chekhov's characters, no matter how trivial they may seem, for the way he describes them and their emotions, which often involve some form of conflict. It's also hard to forget his settings, simply because they ...more
Sergio Andrés
Mi primer libro de Chejov. Un gran libro de cuentos. Obviamente, algunos son mas bellos que otros y mas llevaderos, pero se merece las 5 estrellas. Hay frases muy memorables, descripciones muy, muy bellas y reflexiones que perduran por siempre (pensando que han pasado ya mas de 100 años de la muerte de Chejov). Las situaciones que se dan parecen muy cotidianas, pero escritas hace muchos, muchos años atrás. Hay algunas reflexiones sobre el humano, la naturaleza y el hastío de la vida cotidiana bu ...more
Chekhov has picked up on such a subtle thing. This woman's inadvertent kiss has reminded Riabovitch of all he has been missing in his life. I am surmising that he is getting a little bit older and more mature and is ready for a new stage in his life, but until now he has not realized this. This is a man who is finally ready for marriage. Until now he has been contented to lead the vagabond life of a soldier -- to be told where to go and what to do. He has enjoyed the excitement of battle, the op ...more
Chet Taranowski
Excellent. Chekhov was a perceptive and compassionate author.
Chekhov could be writing about today with these tales of exploitation of the poor, class and rigid social structures.
There are no heroes in these stories, just a cast of pathetic, petty and willfully ignorant people. Redemption comes with nature and a nice walk in the country.
Nara Zacarias
Eu já estava um pouco de saco cheio dos russos, mas estou quase no final da "Enfermaria no 6" e me dei conta porque sempre falam desse conto. Um louco que não está louco discutindo com um médico que está totalmente bloqueado pelo sistema público... ainda estou terminando!
Some stories better than the others but it's worth reading it, it gives you a good overall impression about Russia(traditions, ways of thinking) during that time. And it's very well written.
The kiss remains my favourite thing to read ever , its simplicity , yet its deepness, makes me never get bored from reading it over and over and over again
Some of these stories are absolutely exquisite. However, the collection is inconsistent.
Marc L
Vooral Zaal 6 en De Kus steken er boven uit. soms lichtelijk kafkaiaans van sfeer
De kus en andere verhalen
Sad, poignant, short.
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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: Антон Павлович Чехов) (Arabic: أنطون تشيخوف) 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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