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Selected Stories

4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  18,392 ratings  ·  336 reviews

150th Anniversary Edition

Praised by Tolstoy as an "incomparable artist", Chekov is considered one of the masters of the short story. This collection features twenty of his most noted stories, including The Confession, Ninotchka, and The Cure for Drinking.

Paperback, 287 pages
Published November 1st 1960 by Signet Classics (first published 1900)
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La Petite Américaine
Jul 04, 2008 La Petite Américaine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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)
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Inderjit Sanghera
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
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
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Ted
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
Mark
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
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Rick
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
Hugo Emanuel
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
Jessica
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
S Prakash
“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;
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Hortense
The story about the sneeze set me to thinking about the aggressive possibilities of sniveling apologies. This minor subaltern type sneezes in a theatre and some spray mists the august shoulders of a minor Grandee. The poor subaltern cannot believe his wildly overbearing apologies are sufficient, he cannot find release. You might say Subaltern becomes a sort of stalker. Things don't end well.

Read this story when I was about 15. It is true that I was total spaz (like I'm not now?). I started going
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Anna Matsuyama
"Хористка" (1886) 5, "Предложение" (1886) 5, "В потемках" (1886) 5, "Чтение" (1884) 5, "Экзамен на чин" (1884) 4, "Ведьма" (1886) 5, "Ванька" (1886) 5, «Хамелеон» (1884)5, «Сапоги» (1885) 4, «Студент» (1894) 3, «Хитреце» (1883) 4, «Безнадежный» (1885) 4, «Актёрская гибель» (1886) 3, «Кухарка женится» 5, «Скрипка Ротшильда» 3, «Хористка» 5, «Дамы» 5, «Толстый и тонкий» 5, «Пари» 3, «Радость» (1883) 5, «Выигрышный билет» ,«От нечего делать», «Необыкновенный», «О, женщины, женщины!», «Необыкновенны ...more
John P
This volume contains 30 short stories. Some a few pages long, others a few tens of pages. The stories are drawn from and tightly woven into the fabric of life in Russia near the end of the 19th century. Through the first nine I found them somewhat interesting and quirky, nothing more. But then, out of the blue, comes the strikingly misnamed "A Boring Story." This is a mature work and well done. The main character, the professor, is drawn wonderfully. His, the professor's, description of how he e ...more
Paul Cockeram
Compared to Chekhov, no writer sees deeper into how our hearts become conflicted, but in this book I noticed Chekhov’s skill in demonstrating the way the world changes with our moods. Chekhov famously wrote from an objective style, insisting that an author’s judgments about the characters or the world remain invisible in the text. But that doesn’t mean his stories are without feeling; rather, it means the characters’ feelings are front and center. Often, Chekhov seems to show these feelings as t ...more
Jade
(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.

Mark Crouch
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.
Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma
Each and every story had a lesson which I could relate to...beautifully written stories
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
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Francis
Anton Chekhov's literary work is often labelled as 'pessimistic' and this is not untrue. However, it is not merely pessimistic; in fact, to try and reduce his writing or worldview to any single concept would be folly. Yes, Chekov does like to focus on settings that are wretched and tragic, but he also maintains hope that man's condition might someday be improved and is too sympathetic towards human beings to be considered a mere cynic.

Chekhov isn't just an impressionist either. He definitely exc
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Cintantya Sotya Ratri
Sastrawan berdarah Rusia dengan nama-nama mereka yang unik dan populer seperti Leo Tolstoy, Vladimir Nabakov, Fyodor M. Dostoyewski, dan lain-lain selalu bikin aku penasaran buat membaca karya-karya mereka. Selain karena aku memang senang banget dengan segala hal yang berbau budaya Rusia, nama-nama mereka memang sangat dihormati di dunia sastra yang membuat karya mereka menjadi bacaan wajib siapa saja dan seakan sudah menjadi milik masyarakat dunia.


Karya-karya Anton Chekov yang sudah diterjemahk
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V_Shaft
Anton Chekhov, a Russian writer active in the 1880 onwards, had a relatively short, but prosperous career. The majority of his work had been written during a course of 3 years (1885-1887), and yet in these few years he amounted to be widely regarded as one of the greatest and most important writers of short fiction.

This volume published by Wordsworth Editions in their “Classics” category, collects on 188 pages 24 selected short stories. Their titles are, in order: Overseasoned, The Night Before
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Bob Mustin
I’ve had this book of stories for a while, waiting, I suppose, for the time and mood to be right to not only read them but to study them. If you aren’t familiar with Chekhov, he was a ground-breaker in story style, up there with de Maupassant and Hemingway. Tolstoy sang young Chekhov’s praises (Why? Keep reading.) and every writing class in the northern hemisphere makes much of these stories (and deservedly so). The book is voluminous for one who must study, so I’m reading it in halves, so I won ...more
Jasreet Badyal
Short blurb: This is a great collection of short stories and the translation is very readable.

I enjoyed reading the short stories, but at some point I started to want to read something that I had a plot strung together rather than these blips. I think it's the perfect read for someone who doesn't have much time, you can quickly read a short story before bed. I wish I had picked it up during the semester. But now that I have a bit more free time, I would prefer to read a lengthier piece.

Chekhov's
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Lisa
I'm always pushed back to Chekhov. Whether it's reading Francine Prose's brilliant "Reading LIke a Writer," in which she ultimately throws up her hands with regards to there being any coherent "rules" for good writing that, in fact, Chekhov didn't break, or whether it's George Saunders pointing to Chekhov stories as his starting point for the first story in "The Tenth of December," or Saunders saying that the role of literature isn't to change politics on a macro scale but rather to induce a fra ...more
Yasiru (reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog)
I'm reading the short stories of Chekhov at http://www.ibiblio.org/eldritch/ac/jr... which offers translations (by Constance Garnett) of all 201 stories.

Some personal favourites are The Orator, The Bet, The Lady with a Dog, The Black Monk and The Duel.

Needless to say, Anton Chekhov ranks with the true masters of the short story like James Joyce, Lu Hsun and Franz Kafka. These stories can seize you before you quite knew yourself engaged. They are told in such an unaffected, honest and natural way
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Megan Hewins
I thoroughly enjoyed this Wordsworth Classics compilation of Anton Chekhov's selected stories. What makes this addition such a rewarding read was the care with which these selections have been chosen. As noted in the superb introduction by Joe Andrew, Professor of Russian Literature from Keele University, "All but four of the stories first appeared in the 1880's and many of them are only a few pages long. Consequently, they give the reader not only a particularly keen insight into the early peri ...more
Lii
I read this book in Latvian; it seems there must be a little different selection of stories in the English version. My book had 15 short stories. Here are my favorite ones:

“A Boring story”
A story of a dying professor’s self analysis. Chekhov doesn’t waist words in any of his stories, but still the characters in this book are so vivid and realistic. In this story the professor spends his days thinking about his famous name, which doesn’t help him any more now that he is slowly dying. The author
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Frederick
Of course, as of this writing (May 7th, 2008), I'm still in the middle of reading this, but I have one or two things to say. First, I notice that these stories share a sensibility with Depression-era Hollywood. If what I've just written sounds insane, so be it: Chekhov would have thrived at M-G-M. The first reel of THE WIZARD OF OZ could very easily have been scripted by Chekhov. ("Narrator: The old magician, pitying the urchin, begged her to heed the vision shown him in the crystal ball; her an ...more
Jose
Chekhov na busca pelo momento. A trama faz reverência a estes momentos....

Vale a pena ler pelos finais incríveis e pela intuição que a tudo alcança e abarca. Pode-se constatar no conto "Children" sobre - nada, a não ser como voyeurs espionando crianças brincando sós - e o final maravilhoso onde nos revelamos como leitores no texto - e como pais.

Agatha - ? - a trama engenhosa conduzindo a mais um momento onde a própria visualização do conto em nossa memória embeleza o desfecho. Agatha entre dois
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Marguerite
Chekhov represents a gap in my education, but one that won't be fully remedied anytime soon. I labored over 105 pages in this collection, and while there were a couple of stories ("The Huntsman, Easter Night") I really liked, the rest were a slog through knee-high mud. I picked up a contemporary volume of short stories yesterday after finishing Chekhov's "A Boring Story," (which lived up to its name, and at 50 pages more novella than short story, but who's counting?!) Suddenly, in the contempora ...more
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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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