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Sakhalin Island (Oneworld Classics)

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In 1890, the 30-year-old Chekhov, already knowing that he was ill with tuberculosis, undertook an arduous 11-week journey from Moscow across Siberia to the penal colony on the island of Sakhalin. Now collected here in one volume are the fully annotated translations of his impressions of his trip through Siberia, and the account of his three-month sojourn on Sakhalin Islan
Paperback, 500 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Oneworld Classics (first published 1893)
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Odd book in that Chekhov's style and concerns don't seem to marry up with the rest of his writing. I'm not aware of his having made any use of the Sakhalin material in any of his short stories for example. Interestingly you get a sense of Chekhov's professional interests as a medical Doctor. He collects statistics on health and mortality as he travels round the island.

This book is one of those roads not taken, if one may describe a travel book in such a counter intuitive way but his short fictio
Sep 26, 2015 Pavel rated it it was amazing
Every great writer has some sort of cliche with which public stigmatize her or him. Tolstoy or Proust are too long, Dostoevsky is too gloomy. Chekhov also has one: that he is vague. Impressionistic, water-color poetic writer. None of those cliches are true, but Chekhov's one is especially wrong. It is even wrong for his latest short stories, where indeed there is a lot of poetry, but still strong plot and concrete, taken-from-life characters are the main literary tool, never mind his early humor ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nestas notas da viagem que Tchékhov fez à colónia penal da Ilha de Sacalina em 1890 são-nos descritas de forma pormenorizada todas as incidências da vida dos condenados e condenadas (e por vezes das famílias que os acompanham...), dos deportados, dos colonos, das populações nativas e dos funcionários da colónia penitenciária.

Trata-se de uma visão pessoal do autor resultante da constatação dos factos in loco e de uma análise baseada em relatos anteriores a respeito da ilha delineados por aventure
This book by Anton Chekhov is essentially a report he writes for the government describing life on the exile Island of Sakhalin off the east coast of Russia, just above japan. I was thoroughly engaged by this book even though it was slow going -- as slow going as the marshy, cold, wet atmosphere of Sakhalin. I give it 4 stars because I learned something and it's an important book. However it is only for Chekhov fans who are hungry to learn more about this man. It would not be entertaining for th ...more
Michael Ward
Apr 04, 2012 Michael Ward rated it it was amazing
Chekhov's journey to Sakhalin Island was a really interesting book showing how different life was in those days. Do yourself a favor and do not read the description of the punishment meted out to the prisoner who tried to escape which is described at the end of the book. This is profoundly disturbing - Chekhov was so disturbed he had to leave halfway through and he describes how each Russian was disturbed by it in a different way. The only person who was not disturbed by the punishment was the G ...more
Feb 23, 2010 Gracia rated it really liked it
Sakhalin Island is beautifully restrained and unsentimental. It is tremendous. It is haunting.

"In 1890, the thirty-year-old Chekhov, already knowing that he was ill with tuberculosis, undertook an arduous eleven-week journey from Moscow across Siberia to the penal colony on the island of Sakhalin. Now collected here in one volume are the fully annotated translations of his impressions of his trip through Siberia, and the account of his three-month sojourn on Sakhalin Island, together with author
Jun 10, 2015 latner3 rated it really liked it

Insightful, fascinating ,harrowing, and terribly sad. An account of life in a Siberian penal colony .Written in 1890 by one of the greats.
Человек любит гадать о том, чего не знает. В средневековье страхи людей порождали разнообразных чудовищ, а далёкие земли им представлялись ещё более несуразными. Современный читатель принимает и понимает такое отношение к тому, о чём ныне он сам знает достаточно. А как быть с тем, что Антон Чехов в конце XIX века предпринял путешествие на Сахалин и увидел там ровно такое, отчего приходится признать заблуждения древних? Местные нравы были далеки от общепринятых, а коренное население побуждало дер ...more
Chris Mcmanaman
Apr 22, 2010 Chris Mcmanaman rated it it was ok
Shelves: history-russian
This is a first hand account of life in a penal colony. It shows how penal colonies were a form of globalization. It shows that is good to have been born today...than yesterday.
Feb 06, 2016 Kat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
rozczarowanie. bardziej spis ludności i inwentarza niż reportaż.
Lorenzo Berardi
That's all.
May 13, 2015 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Normally I enjoy reading Chekhov but this book was a mixed experience. It took me months to slog through it. I finished it but under duress.

First, be aware that the book is 2/3 narrative, 1/3 endnotes. You will spend the entire time flipping between pages (I used two bookmarks). If that drives you crazy then don't read this book. You need to read the endnotes because that is where most of the interesting details reside.

The main narrative starts strong but loses steam quickly when he begins tak
Feb 16, 2013 Nynke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
In 1890 reisde de toen 30-jarige Tjechov naar het Russische eiland Sachalin. Sachalin ligt voor de oostkust van Siberië, vlak boven Japan. De reis die Tjechov moest maken was gevaarlijk. Er liep nog geen rails door Sibërië en daardoor moest hij het grootste gedeelte van zijn reis per postkoets afleggen.

Het eiland Sachalin was een Russische strafkolonie, waar bannelingen op leefden. Tjechov beschrijft de harde omstandigheden waarin deze mensmoesten leven. Het klimaat van Sachalin is verschrikkeli
LeeAnn Heringer
In 1890, renouned author and playwright, Chekhov, sick with tuberculosis and tired of the hothouse pretension of literary Moscow, travelled across Siberia to the penal colony at Sakhalin Island. Without any kind of permission or letters of introduction, he charms his way into barracks and prison cells, interviews governors and overseers, watches lashings, conducts a census the inhabitants. There is a lot of raw data in this book, but he was building a very concise report that, despite official r ...more
Pedro Varanda
Muito interessante relato de viagem de Chekov rumo à ilha de Sacalina, no largo da Sibéria, local de destino dos condenados russos, e onde foi encontrar uma situação de extrema desumanidade, de solidão, fome e imoralidade. Um documento histórico espantoso. A ler.
Feb 10, 2010 Hightatras rated it really liked it
Habe diesen Reisebericht vor Jahren schon einmal gelesen, aus historischem Interesse damals und bin bei meiner jetzigen Lektüre vor allem von der zeitlos brillianten wie bildstarken Sprache Čechovs beeindruckt. Ebenso von seinem lakonischen Blick auf die elenden, in Verbannung lebenden Menschen auf Sachalin. (Der Mediziner Čechov behandelte im Rahmen seiner Reise auch Verbannte und Gefangene.) Seine Distanziertheit und kühle Betrachtung der Lebensumstände auf der Gefangeneninsel erinnert mich in ...more
Nov 11, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it
The version I read was 'A Journey to the End of the Russian Empire', part of Penguin's Great Journeys series. It proved to be a very evocative journal of Checkhov's adventure at the end of the C19th. Haphazardly scientific, recounting population numbers of villagers and wildlife, the history of the disappearing Gilyak and a disengaged description of the choreography and sensual world of sleeping with a Japanese prostitute. The description of life in the penal colony on Sakhalin is harrowing and ...more
Apr 21, 2013 NeDa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Трите звезди са за огромния труд на Чехов при проучването и обобщаването на значителен обем информация за острова ( дори прави опит за преброяване на населението по време на пътуването си). Но особено първата част на книгата, в която се обхожда почти целия остров селище по селище, придружено със статистически данни за основаване, жители и география, ме измъчи. Втората, в която се описва живота на каторжниците и поселниците, затворите, поминъка и нравите, беше по-динамична и не толкова скучна. Им ...more
Aug 25, 2016 Lena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Нон-фикшн от самого Чехова!
Nov 19, 2011 Al rated it really liked it
I found this book absolutely fascinating. I literally couldn't put it down, & couldn't wait to get back to it when I did. There were at least 2 dozen times I had to google something in the book to know even more.

I was telling my (Russian) sister-in-law that I recently read two very good Russian books ( the other being Cancer Ward), & asked her if sh knows of it...turns out she does not know of the book....BUT her mother was born on Sakhalin! After picking my jaw off the floor, I started
Nov 20, 2014 Rarufu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, russisch
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Feb 07, 2016 virgodura rated it did not like it
jfc why

... more than the tedium of it, what disappointed me was his noble savage-ing.
Feb 11, 2013 Peter rated it it was amazing
When you look at the synopsis this looks so dull but is anything but.
Mar 07, 2012 Gwen marked it as to-read
Source: Marginal Revolution
Library: NTR, Arlington
Dec 19, 2014 Sophie rated it liked it
not a good introduction te Chekhov maybe.
Jan 04, 2013 John rated it it was ok
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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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