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Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the highly acclaimed translators of War and Peace, Doctor Zhivago, and Anna Karenina, which was an Oprah Book Club pick and million-copy bestseller, bring their unmatched talents to The Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov, a collection of thirty of Chekhov’s best tales from the major periods of his creative life.

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Published July 29th 2009 by Random House Publishing Group
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Mar 14, 2016 Johann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While reading Lewis Carroll's book of nonsensical poems, I was hoping for a gold mine. However, after just the first few poems, I could not get through the book fast enough. It became a tedious assignment that I just needed to get through for my own sense of completion.

My experience with Chekhov's short stories was just the opposite. I found myself needing to take a break after each story so that I could reflect and let sink in what I had just read. Some of the stories were the most beautiful I
1.The Death of a Clerk - After sneezing on a general at the opera, the clerk apologizes. The general says it's nothing, but the clerk can't let it go. He repeatedly apologizes until the general becomes infuriated & yells for him to get out. The clerk went home, lay on the sofa and died.
2.Small Fry - Nevyrazimov, feeling his life hopeless, trying to write a letter to someone he hated, squashed a cockroach & threw it into the fire of the lamp. Then he felt better.
3.The Huntsman - Yegor, a
Dec 06, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of short stories by a great Russian author. One thing I enjoyed is that typically there is no clear resolution in the stories. They are more like real life where we keep on struggling and giving our all.
And now Checkhov in his own words:
"The leaves did not stir on the trees, grasshoppers chirruped, and the monotonous hollow sound of the sea rising up from below, spoke of the peace, of the eternal sleep awaiting us."
"Useless pursuits and conversations always about the same things abs
Marie Connor
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'Dearer to us than a host of truths is an exalting illusion.' - Pushkin

'I look upon tags and labels as prejudices. My holy of holies is the human body, health, intelligence, talent, inspiration, love, and the most absolute freedom imaginable, freedom from violence and lies, no matter what form the latter two take.' -Chekov (in a letter to his critics)

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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.

"When I think back on my childhood," Chekhov recalled, "it all seems quite glo
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