اتاق شماره 6
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اتاق شماره 6

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Anton Chekhov invented the modern short story. With writing that is concise, realistic, and evocative, he became a sort of photographer in words, less interested in plot than in the subtleties of mood and atmosphere, and the telling detail. His characters, always vividly drawn, come from all walks of life and often seem to be caught up in a world they don’t quite understan
Published 2007 (first published 1892)
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"El pabellón número 6"

Parece ser que Dostoyevski decía, de manera pragmática e irónica, que sólo sabía que no estaba loco porque no estaba encerrado en un manicomio. Chejov, en este extraordinario relato, nos sumerge en el inquietante carácter ubicuo de la locura al que la sociedad intenta hacer frente mediante el levantamiento de barreras que delimitan lo normal, lo racional, lo moralmente aceptable frente a lo Otro de la locura, una fuerza oscura aún no configurada por los mecanismos de poder...more
Serious Book Club, my selection *5 out of 5 stars
Still have 3 stories to finish -
I have always hated short stories and Chekhov has cured me. From the first "The Cook's Wedding" and on I am mesmerized. The author can take any universal theme and work magic in a few pages while I have been reading books doing the same thing sometines badly in over 800 pages. Granted with most authors you are happy to read that many pages but with Chekhov it it satisfying that he addressed adultery or poverty in 30...more
Paul Cockeram
The rating reflects the quality of Chekhov's stories rather than the quality of this edition. In fact, this edition brings very little more to the text than a few glosses about how far various cities mentioned in the stories are from Moscow. There are some appendices relating anecdotes about some interesting or noteworthy influences Chekhov's work had on other famous writers, some comments and questions, and bibliography for further reading. In other words, this is a budget edition of Chekhov (s...more
Tafan Kareem
ward No.6 is amazing ...Its so interesting that a useless doctor is going to end up in the same lunatic hospital with his only mad friend Ivan that he used to treat him and even he is going to meet his final fate there i.e beaten to death by his own assistant ..

Doctor :
"What a wilderness fate has carried us to, though, really! What's most vexatious of all is to have to die here. Ech! . ."Scene 12-p.62

Mihail :
"I must own I doubt it too. And yet I have a feeling as though I should never die. Oh,...more
Anton Pavlovič Čechov è il maestro del racconto breve, ponendo le fondamenta per un nuovo genere letterario: quel genere letterario nel quale al lettore sono offerti solo gli elementi essenziali; quel genere letterario nel quale lo scrittore risulta essere un osservatore imparziale del mondo; quel genere letterario nel quale lo scrittore non ha alcuna ambizione etica; quel genere letterario battuto negli anni successivi da altri grandi autori di racconti brevi come Hemingway e Carver.

Da questo...more
Fatima  K. Alhabeeb
كما هي قصص تشيخوف دوماً، عميقة، مؤلمة، وجميلة
أعظم كتابات تشيخوف على الإطلاق..

لا تعليق...
salma atif abu zaid
عن اللاجدوى و انعدام الهدف ... عن مثالياتنا و مبادئنا التى نتشدق بها ليل نهار ولكننا لم نختبرها في الواقع ولو لمرة .... عن فلسفاتنا التى تنهار امام رغباتنا واحتياجاتنا الحيوانية
انت الحر الفيلسوف المثالي الرحيم طالما كنت بعيدا عن الالم والحاجة ولكنك لاشئ امام غرائزك الانسانبة
كيف هى الحياة لمن ذاق الالم وكيف هى لتيس منعم لا هموم له ف الحياة
كلنا مرضى نفسيين ... كلنا مجانين في هذه الحياة ندور ف الفراغ نبحث عن اللاشئ نرضي بعض الرغبات الحيوانبة لاجسادنا ... نحن فقط اذكى الكائنات الحية على الارض ولذ...more
Ica Surjo
Ruang Inap No. 6, Sekumpulan Cerpen Pilihan adalah Sastra Klasik Rusia pertama yang saya baca. Saya ingat sewaktu kuliah pernah berkenalan dengan seorang mahasiswa sastra Rusia UI, waktu itu saya pikir apa asyiknya sastra Rusia? Setelah saya membaca karya klasik ini, saya baru tahu ternyata Sastra Rusia tak kalah menarik! Saya suka karya Anton Chekhov ini, meskipun agak lambat saya mencernanya (terutama pada nama-nama karakternya yang membuat otak saya tersandung-sandung mengingat).

Ian Zimmerman
Chekhov is definitely an acquired taste and isn't for everyone. Chekhov tries to portray life as realistically as possible much like a landscape painter. He avoids symbolism, allegory, and the all the tools that literature professors use to "dissect" books. In Chekhov what you see is what you get. Chekhov is careful never to reveal his opinions or let a character speak for his morals. He attempts to remain totally neutral on all topics. In his career he deviated from this only twice, once to att...more
I found the majority of the short stories in this book to be mediocre and boring, interspersed with some poignant statements. My favorite story was the title story, "Ward No. 6" though there was no suspense. I knew what was going to happen early on.

The benefit of reading short stories is that the story is over quick and you get to move on. I felt that the book dragged the first half. After "Ward No. 6" it picked up. The stories are arranged in this particular compilation by date and I wonder wha...more
Patrick McCoy
Last month when I was reading Gary Shteyngart’s entertaining Super Sad True Love Story, he made a reference to an Anton Chekhov short story that I was unfamiliar with, “Three Lives.” So I sought out the collection it was in, Ward No.6 and Other Stories and read it. However, since I’ve read only a couple of his stories in anthologies over the years I decided to read the rest of the stories in the collection. Overall, I think he has a great ability to describe people and their shortcomings and con...more
A prime example of why the whole concept of rating books is flawed. My attitude towards reading Chekhov was similar to Chekhov's apparent outlook on life: one does not 'enjoy' it; one merely appreciates its transient beauty.

Chekhov faithfully perpetuates the Russian literary tradition of portraying life as a parade of suffering, although his personal addition is the utter monotony of suffering, the kind that lasts a lifetime. Very rarely did the stories end with any kind of firm conclusion, (ot...more
This collection of short stories was recommended to me through another book that I had read (Prose) that was loosely about how writers write, and how to better appreciate their craft. This collection was wonderful, and understandably well recommended.
Although they may prove a less satisfying read if one is desirous of a vibrant plot, Checkov's shorts are a tour de force of non-judgemental observation of human nature. His descriptions of people, and to a lesser extent their surroundings always...more
Tim Lepczyk
I've learned a lot from reading Chekhov over the past few weeks in terms of how short stories work. It seems in modern short stories action happens quickly and the author comes speeding toward the endpoint from the first sentence. There are workshops devoted to crafting that first sentence even. Other times, there are these "slice of life" stories which tend to be a little, well for lack of a better word, boring. Chekhov could fall under that category, except there tends to be more going on in h...more
Nov 26, 2007 Bart rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Short fiction readers
This selection of Chekhov's short stories is notable for making Chekhov's best stories seem so good. Part of this effect is accomplished by mixing in a few of Chekhov's lesser stories which, though never exceeding 12 pages, seem to require five hour stretches to get through.

When Chekhov is on, though, he's unbeatable. "The Witch", "The Grasshopper", "The Darling" and "The Lady with the Dog" compose a quartet of stories that arguably no writer could surpass.

I recommend this, or any, collection of...more
"Experience often repeated, truly bitter experience, had taught him long ago that with decent people, especially Moscow people - always slow to move and irresolute - every intimacy, which at first so agreeably diversifies life and appears a light and charming adventure, inevitably grows into a regular problem of extreme intricacy, and in the long run the situation becomes unbearable. But at every fresh meeting with an interesting woman this experience seemed to slip out of his memory, and he was...more
I just can't say enough. Probably THE ONE, truly, who impacted 20th century writing style. His philosophy toward the craft is quite interesting whether one agrees or not.

One can see Chekhov in Mansfield's writings, as well.

The intro's, just from a purely writing POV, are subject for study and admiration for any writer. Situation, character, and tone usually are established with one line.

The scene with "the pickle" in Ward No. 8 st...more Wow !

I just can't say enough. Probably THE ONE, truly,...more
Neil Crossan
I am naturally drawn to the negative. It’s a character trait that I have been trying to change over the last decade. But this gravity towards the negative has had one positive impact, when I give props, you can rest assured that it is from the heart. And I’m going to give a props, but not to Anton Chekhov. My Dad is a lover of the good short story and has passed that onto me and in this day of mass produced James Patterson and DiVinci Code spin offs, the short story has been relegated to the loc...more
Jill Stark
One of my favorite authors. My Russophilism (is that a word?) stems from the fact that I can't stand the simpering of Dickens spoon-feeding emotion into his reader's mind. The Russians have a straight-forward approach to life: sometimes you're eating caviar and drinking champagne and then you find you are mistakenly imprisoned in Ward No. 6. The nurse steal from and beat you and you're left fighting over rotted cabbage with the rats. what are you gonna do? It happens. Chekhov has a beautiful way...more
د. حمدان
عنبر رقم 6 أنطون تشيخوف

تتكون هذه المجموعة من حكايتين؛ الأولى "الفلاحون" والثانية "عنبر رقم 6" ومن الملاحظ بشكل عام أن تشيخوف لا يضع أحداثاً كثيرة في حكايته لكن الحكاية ككل مؤثرة ومعبرة للغاية.

الحكاية الأولى "الفلاحون" هي تلخص ما يراه تشيخوف من حياة الفلاحين من البؤس.. ولاشيء غير البؤس.. وتشيخوف وهو من الأصل فقير فلربما كانت له هذه الحكاية عن خلفية شخصية فهو الذي ولد بين الفلاحين وكان له من الفقر نصيب كبير.

الحكاية الثانية "عنبر رقم 6" أقل ما يمكن أن أقوله عنها أنها أذهلتني.. هذه الحكاية تتجلى فيه...more
What stands out about Chekhov for me is the imagery in his stories. Even several years after reading the pieces here, I can still vividly picture many of their scenes in my mind.

Chekhov's characters are so lifelike that they become familiar as old friends; the weary man and his daughter in a plain tavern room (On the Road), the monk lamenting the death of his friend while crossing the river Goltva (Easter Eve), the Doctor who is obsessed with suffering and tricked into becoming a resident of hi...more
Dick Edwards
The title story concerns itself with country doctor Ragin who would rather talk philosophy with mental patients in Ward Six than round on his other cases. Enter an upstart new doctor Khobotov fresh from the city, who covets Ragin's easy practice. Over time, townspeople start to wonder whether Ragin's prolonged association with the mental patients signifies that he himself may actually be mentally ill. The brilliance of the storytelling is in the uncertainties... could Ragin actually be mentally...more
After reading practically all of Chekhovs short stories, I have met the true genius of Chekhov in "Ward #6". One of the most magnificent literature pieces which in my humble opinion can be considered a philosophical tractatus. Chekhov is using stream of consciousness technic with a moral finality of traditional Russian short story structure. Writing about ward #6 mental patients as lost intellectuals of this world. Metaphorically stressing that we live in world of mentally ill people, with a wro...more
Rob Carnes
This is not the publication I read, but rather a Penguin Classics masthead.

That aside, Chekhov is a master of the short story and his writing is tight and full of just "good stuff."
Sastra satir dari Chekov. Memuat kritik-kritik sosial yang menggunakan permajasan. Hal ini dilakukan bisa jadi dari cermin kerasnya belenggu besi Tsar Russia yang tak segan-segan membuang/memberangus para penentangnya.

Chekov yang berlatar pendidikan dokter sangat pas sekali menampilkan kondisi sosial di awal abad 20. Ketertindasan rakyat lapis bawah, kondisi tahanan di kota pembuangan, korupsi kaum bangsawan, dipaparkannya dalam bentuk cerpen. Tak heran, dirinya dijuluki si Raja Cerpen dan diak...more
Gabriela Robles
El libro tiene 22 cuentos, hay de todo, típicas depresiones rusas, historias de amor y hasta tragicomedias. Me gusta muchísimo como escribe Chéjov: incluye opiniones sin perder la naturalidad en la narración, sabe manipular al lector, escribe desde la perspectiva humana.

Sin lugar a dudas El Pabellón No.6 es lo más grande del libro, lloré y reí, pero le tomé cariño a dos cuentos: Relato de la Señora N. N. y La Dama del Perrito.

La edición que leí es de 1967, espero que la traducción haya sido co...more
I enjoy short stories, this is an excellent choice for that form and Chekhov is the master. Some claim Chekhov was "obsessed with the dreariness of life." Yes, he does write with a certain darkness and continues a theme of the powerlessness of human nature. His portrayals depict the vast simplicity of life and include no grand events or characters either but like reality create the inexorable struggles as his characters proceed from one day to the next. These Russian authors are always fascinati...more
Doug Cannon
Shannon gave me this book for Christmas. Chekhov's stories are very well written and pull me in as very interesting. He sets up his characters well, and the story really gets moving and then... it all kind of unravels at the end. It really feels like something wonderful is going to happen... or that even just SOMETHING is going to happen, and then it doesn't.

So far, no luck. Chekhov is clearly a good writer, and his story "The Bet" is amazing... but it's not in this book.
Chekhov's versatility within the short story is very impressive. In this collection, his characters range from elderly peasants to a two year-old, yet each "slice of life" character development lacks nothing. It is clear Chekhov was a keen observer of society in his time. The storylines are good too( good in the typical miserable Russian fashion, with a little insanity thrown in here and there), and somewhat predictable yet suspenseful in a Twilight Zone kind of way.
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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: Антон Павлович Чехов) 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 Morozov, Chekhov's mother, was the daughter of a cloth merchant.

"When I think back on my childhood," Chekhov recalle...more
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“I reflected how many satisfied, happy people there really are! What a suffocating force it is! You look at life: the insolence and idleness of the strong, the ignorance and brutishness of the weak, incredible poverty all about us, overcrowding, degeneration, drunkenness, hypocrisy, lying... Yet all is calm and stillness in the houses and in the streets; of the fifty thousand living in a town, there s not one who would cry out, who would give vent to his indignation aloud. We see the people going to market for provisions, eating by day, sleeping by night, talking their silly nonsense, getting married, growing old, serenely escorting their dead to the cemetery; but we do not see and we do not hear those who suffer, and what is terrible in life goes on somewhere behind the scenes...Everything is so quiet and peaceful, and nothing protests but mute statistics: so many people gone out of their minds, so many gallons of vodka drunk, so many children dead from malnutrition... And this order of things s evidently necessary; evidently the happy man only feels at ease because the unhappy bear their burdens in silence, and without that silence happiness would be impossible.” 23 likes
“So long as prisons and madhouses exist someone must be shut up in them. If not you, I. If not I, some third person.” 8 likes
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