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The Duel

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"Hate you!" Laevsky said quietly, breathing heavily. "I've hated you a long time!"


This new translation of the literary masterpiece— which combines a beautiful romance with high suspense— is here presented for the first time as a stand-alone volume.

One of Chekhov’s most important lengthy works, this remarkable story gives a startling twist to his classic,
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Paperback, 161 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Melville House (first published 1891)
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Bill  Kerwin
Nov 01, 2015 Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Although there is an actual duel—complete with pistols and seconds--in Chekhov's novella The Duel, the important conflict is between the personalities of Laevsky and Koren, two man who lack self-awareness and have allowed themselves to be governed by their distinct--and very different--attitudes toward life.

Laevsky is a finance clerk, an indolent, unremarkable man weighed down by the burden of gambling debts and a mistress. Yet he views himself as a Romantic hero, and feels that he could be som
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Florencia
“It flings the boat back,” he thought; “she makes two steps forward and one step back; but the boatmen are stubborn, they work the oars unceasingly, and are not afraid of the high waves. The boat goes on and on. Now she is out of sight, but in half an hour the boatmen will see the steamer lights distinctly, and within an hour they will be by the steamer ladder. So it is in life. . . . In the search for truth man makes two steps forward and one step back. Suffering, mistakes, and weariness of lif ...more
Ahmed Ibrahim
" وهكذا الحياة... يخطوا الناس بحثًا عن الحقيقة خطوتين إلى الأمام وخطوة إلى الوراء. وتدفعهم الآلام والأخطاء وملل الحياةإلى الوراء، ولكن الشوق إلى الحقيقة والعزيمة الصلبة تدفعهم إلى الأمام قدما. ومن يدري؟ ربما يبلغون شاطىء الحقيقة الأصلية... "

بالرغم من أن اسم الرواية المبارزة، بيد أن الكاتب لم يعتني بهذا الجزء من الرواية كثيرًا.. شتان ما بين المبارزة في هذه الرواية وبينها في الحرب والسلام لتولستوي!
ما عدا هذا فالرواية رائعة، باسلوب ممتاز، وانسيابية في السرد، ودقة في الوصف، وحبكة متماسكة، وتحليل
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زهراء الموسوي
تجربة رجل يخوض المبارزة وهي القتال بالمسدس مع رجل آخر يكرهه ويرى أن العالم أفضل بدون أمثال خصيمه.
" لا أحد يعرف الحقيقة الأصيلة "
كيف لنا أن نعرف حقيقة الأشخاص؟ كيف نحكم عليهم بالبغض لدرجة القتل أو الحب؟ هل أحكامنا في حق الآخرين صحيحة؟ وهل نحن توصلنا لحقيقة أنفسنا أصلا؟
شكرا تشيخوف لأنك باختصارك وبرواياتك وقصصك القصيرة هذه تعادل رفوفا من الروايات الهابطة والسطحية والمليئة بالحشو لأجل الحشو.
شكرا تشيخوف لأنك تختصر الكثير وبنفس الوقت يكون تأثير قصصك جليل.
Ibrahim Saad
Dec 19, 2015 Ibrahim Saad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- " لقد دفع من السماء نجمه الكابي فهوى واختفى أثره في ظلام الليل، ولن يعود إلى السماء لأن الحياة تمنح مرة واحدة لا تتكرر. ولو كان بمقدوره أن يسترجع الأيام والسنوات الماضية لا ستبدل بكذبها الحقيقة وبالفراغ العمل وبالملل الفرحة ولأعاد الطهارة إلى من سلبهم إياها ولوجد الله والعدالة ولكن ذلك أيضا مستحيل كاستحالة إعادة النجم الغارب إلى السماء من جديد ولأن ذلك مستحيل فقد تملكه اليأس "

ومن مثل تشيخوف قادر على رسم حياة كاملة التفاصيل بالكلمات، في عمل لا يتجاوز الـ 165 صفحة ؟ يخرج لنا في كل عمل بلوحة را
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Jacob
The Duel: A Review, Part III

The Duel by Anton Chekhov:
"Now I understand," Von Koren said, walking around from behind the table. "Mr. Laevsky would like to entertain himself prior to his departure with a duel. I can grant him the satisfaction. Mr. Laevsky, I accept your challenge."
"Challenge?" Laevsky quietly repeated, approaching the zoologist and staring with hatred at his swarthy brow and kinky hair. "Challenge? With pleasure! I hate you! Hate you!"
(pp. 115-116)
In a seaside resort in the Ca
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Nov 03, 2012 Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, russia
دوئل / The Duel
داستان در شهر کوچکی میگذرد: شخصیت محوری «لائوسکی» است، یک کارمند جوان، خود را به شهر کوچک منتقل کرده، تا به زندگی خویش سامان دهد. اما، تمام روز را به خوردن، نوشیدن، قمار و نقل داستانهای بیمایه میگذراند. این لااقل نظر «فون کورن» زیست شناس آلمانی است، مردی فعال که به شدت از «لائوسکی» متنفر است، نفرت آنها چنان بالا میگیرد که «فون کورن»، بهانه پیدا میکند تا با «لائوسکی» دوئل کند. شب پیش از مبارزه، برای «لائوسکی» فرصت هست تا در رفتار خویش اندیشه کند، درمییابد که گذشته اش، چیزی جز بیهود
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Dina Nabil
يبارك اسمه من اخرج الى الكون كائن النوفيلا الرائع ، قالبي الدرامى الاحب و الاقرب لقلبي دائما و ربما هو الاصعب في الكتابة رغم شكله السهل الممتنع .. يمزج بين تعقيد الرواية و تكثيف القصة القصيرة و تخلق توتر ممتع لا ينقطع الا مع صفحاتها الاخيرة و ان كان اصعب ما بها هو ضبط ذلك "الايقاع" فعندما يكون اسم تشيخوف علي غلافها فلن نقلق بالتاكيد من تلك

قصة منمنة لطيفة يقرر تشيخوف ان تحمل ثنائيات كثر و تناقضات ذكية ... فمثل نوفيلات جوجول فالجو العام للقصة و هيكلها يبدو خفيف خالى من سوداوية الدراما لكن في لمحات
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Amr helmy
Nov 11, 2014 Amr helmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
في ذهني المسحوق بالكآبة
أفكاري الثقال تزدحم
والذكريات صمتت أمامي
شريطها الطويل ينسحب
أشحت باحتقار إذ قرأت
في طية أيام عمري وارتجفت
كم لعنت
بثثت مر شكواي....ذرفت أدمعي السخينة
لكنني لم أمح تلك الأسطر الحزينة
بوشكين
"لقد دُفع من السماء نجمه الكابي فهوى واختفى أثره في ظلام الليل، ولن يعود إلى السماء لأن الحياة تمنح مرة واحدة لا تتكرر ولو كان بمقدوره أن يسترجع الأيام والسنوات الماضية لا ستبدل بكذبها الحقيقة وبالفراغ العمل وبالملل الفرحة ولأعاد الطهارة إلى من سلبهم إياها ولوجد الله والعدالة ولكن ذلك أيضا مستح
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Thomas
Jan 26, 2014 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was reminded of both Tolstoy and James Joyce, at different times, while reading the shorter stories in this collection (the Constance Garnett translation in the public domain.) The Duel is a gripping short novel, but I like the shorter stories even better. Chekhov has Tolstoy's talent for framing a scene in a snapshot, but he is less didactic than the Count. He doesn't moralize. He points things out and steps aside. Joyce said that the artist is "refined out of existence, indifferent, paring h ...more
Sarah
Sep 11, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
My first Chekhov and a great read, despite the fact I didn't like any of the characters (which is similar to how I felt about "Where Did You Go Bernadette?" and most Woody Allen films). A super quick read (could even be considered a #sundayquickreads had I read it on Sunday)and a very lively and good translation. The story holds up in the 21st century.
James
Nov 06, 2007 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only optimistic story I've read by Chekhov. All the seething energy of Chekhov, but with hope.
Martha
Jul 24, 2013 Martha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great that all thing that you can say when you see a masterpiece.
Aaron Mcquiston
Anton Chekhov's "The Duel" is an interesting study on the worth of human life. Even though this is something of a common theme in novella's written about two people trying to kill each other, there is something in the reasoning behind this duel that is different than some of the others in the series. Laevsky lives with another man's wife, is a liar, a cheater, a bad influence, and unloyal. He is a dick. In the polite society he lives in, there is still some loyal friends that loan him money and ...more
Ana Rînceanu
Ok, so just to be clear, I am a beginner in Russian proze and since I've read a lot of Tolstoy, I am obviously going to compare the two. Which I think is not unfair since Anton Chekhov was a great writer and I am going to devour his works as soon as humanly possible. He has a lot more humor and color in this novel and I can feel a lot more compassion towards his flawed characters. I think Tolstoy condemns his characters, whereas Chekhov shows their flaws primarily, but their humanity is a good t ...more
Alik
Nov 12, 2012 Alik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Julia Leporace
Feb 06, 2017 Julia Leporace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Extasiarse sin parar delante de la naturaleza revela una pobre imaginación. En comparación con lo que yo puedo soñar, todos estos arroyos y esas rocas son una miseria, y nada más."
Alan
Apr 14, 2012 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chekhov fans, fans of Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky translations
"The Duel is Beckett with great hats." - Mary Bing, screenwriter.
"The Duel" (1891) was a novella that Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) wrote concurrently with the first parts of his non-fiction accounts of penal colony conditions on "Sakhalin Island" (1891-1895). I read the recent translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky where only the one novella was published as a tie-in edition to the 2010 feature film version directed by Dover Kosashvili with a screenplay by Mary Bing. Mary Bing's fore
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Gary
Apr 28, 2013 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chekhov demonstrates great control over this short but cutting novella by masterfully steering the direction of the novella from philosophical dialogues, cheekily satirical social settings, melodrama, classic romantic tropes, and finishes off with a -surprisingly- optimistic conclusion. The exchanges between Von Koren, the Doctor, and the Deacon, might seem as a little forced by the author, but the dialogues are themselves very revealing about bourgeois thoughts in turn of the century Russia wit ...more
Eslam Mohammed
Asocio-dramatic novella, one of Chekov's creative explorations of the worthiness of human life&the essence of human nature...
what comes next, anice review by agoodreader whose name is "Aaron", it caught my eye, and I thought that it would be fruitful to share, with those who may be interested, then to Aaron's hints :-

Anton Chekhov's "The Duel" is an interesting study on the worth of human life. Even though this is something of a common theme in novella's written about two people trying to ki
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Ernest Genesis
One of Chekhov's narrative that purely exemplifies one's examination on the profoundness of life. In "The Duel", Anton Chekhov demonstrated complete control over the story complemented with convenience in language and realistic characters. Among the classics/contemporary classics, Chekhov proves his spot as one of the master story teller.

The main theme of the story, as described by the title itself, is a duel among two great individuals. Laevsky, being one of the character and typically describ
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Cynthia Blumberg
The Duel tells the story of Laevsky, a slovenly and careless yet strangely likeable aristocrat who has moved to the Caucasus with his narcissistic (and married) lover Nadya, and Von Koren, the zoologist who hates him.

In a darkly humorous story, Chekhov exhibits a deep psychological understanding of his very flawed and very human characters. What is most extraordinary is that none of these characters are likeable -- Laevsky is selfish and clearly a liar, Nadya is lazy and unfaithful, and Von Kore
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Amin elahifard
Sep 30, 2016 Amin elahifard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
عنوان: دوئل؛ نویسنده: آنتوان چخوف؛ مترجم: زهره مستی؛ ناشر: انتشارات نوید ظهور؛ در 160 ص؛ موضوع: رمان
در رمان کوتاه دوئل، آنتوان چخوف به تهی بودن زندگی روشن فکرانه ی زمان خود و نقش بر آب شدن آرزو های آن ها اشاره می کند. هیچ نویسنده ی دیگری نتوانسته چون او با قدرتمندی به ترسیم شب تاریک روح دورانش بپردازد. او در عین حال در ترسیم تراژدی های پنهانی که تن و جان آدم را می فرساید استاد بود .
داستان در شهر کوچکی در قفقاز و در کنار دریای سیاه می گذرد: لائوسکی که کارمند جوانی است خود را به این شهر منتقل کرده
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Niloofar zarif
Aug 01, 2016 Niloofar zarif rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
تقابل شخصیت ها و افکارانسان ها رو بسیار عالی نشون داده بود. مشابه هر کدوم از شخصیت های داستان رو میتونیم روزانه اطرافمون ببینیم، حتی شاید خود ما هم مثل یکی از شخصیت های داستان باشیم. داستان بیشتر از صد سال پیش نوشته شده اما به خوبی جامعه تحصیلکرده الان رو به تصویر میکشه. فقط من متوجه نشدم دقیقا چرا لاىوسکی ناگهان اونطوری متحول شد، یعنی تنها دلیلی که در متن براش پیدا کردم یه حس تنهایی لحظه ای بود که به نظرم برای همچین تغییری کافی نیست. حس میکنم شاید من به خوبی اون قسمت رو متوجه نشدم.
البته من ترجم
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Elizabeth
Feb 04, 2008 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: sale-bin.
i don't remember ever reading much chekhov, but finally i see what in hell everyone raves about being pivotal to modern literature. i love the narrative chattiness and characters' reprehensibility rendered here; it gives me hope & inspiration twd what i'm writing. hopeless/ helpless characters being ultimately sympathetic portraits. and the inclusion of all their pettiest ruminations and desperations and self-delusion. love that. entirely comic, as well, but never mean-spirited. now i see wh ...more
Mohammad hashemi
I really don't know what to call it, a story or a talk talk loop maybe. I don't name it a story because it wasn't. It was like a person had some ideas, then decided to make a story out of that. The thought wasn't grand at all, may be for his own time, but for now it wasn't attractive at all. I wish I had read this book 7 or 8 years ago, it could have been worth reading, but now... not a good plot and not a grand thought to represent.
Cornelia
Jun 19, 2015 Cornelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Totally love this book. I liked that in the ending ,even though nothing is changed you see things from different perspectives, and well it is a classic, what can you say about it that is new?This is what I love about books, even if a book is written a few centuries ago, you can feel what other people felt when they read it-common and unique in the same time...
Renee
Jul 11, 2015 Renee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short, insightful & a puzzlingly abrupt happy ending.

Delves into the natural selection & reformation of character.
Terence
Dec 29, 2010 Terence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this version of The Duel on an impulse. I was shopping for a friend's Xmas gift and saw it on the shelf. I've wanted to read one of the Pevear translations - either Fyodor Dostoyevsky or Anton Chekhov - and compare them with the Magarshack and Garnett translations.

Why The Duel?

I have to admit that it was the cover. I fear that I am quite smitten with the young woman depicted (presumably Nadezhda), and look forward to seeing the upcoming movie. (Yes - gasp - I can be that shallow.)

The
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Ehsan
دوئل
اثر انتوان پاولوویچ چخوف
ترجمهٔ احمد گلشیری
چاپ سوم ۱۳۹۰
گذشته از خود کتاب که مثل دیگر رمانهای روسی بسیار جذاب و گیرا و مملو از اسامی زیباست... در صفحهٔ ۱۳۹ کتاب
قطعه شعر زیبایی از پوشکین بعنوان سراغاز فصل ۱۵ هست که خیلی زیباست:

در ذهنم که از اندوه گرانبار است،
افکار دردناک بر هم تلنبار میشوند
و حافظهام، در سکوت
طومار طویلش را در برابرم میگشاید
و من وحشتزده دفتر زندگیم را میخوانم
سراپا برخود میلرزم و نفرین میفرستم
به تلخی تاسف میخورم و اشک تلخ میریزم
و آن سطور دردناک را، دریغا، نمیتوانم فروشست

پوشکین
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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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“How does Chekhov’s artistic “programme” comment on the message of The Duel, and vice versa? I should like to be a free artist and nothing more, and I regret that God has not given me the power to be one. I hate lying and violence in all their forms. . . . Pharisaism, stupidity and despotism reign not in merchants’ houses and prisons alone. I see them in science, in literature, in the younger generation. . . . That is why I have no preference either for gendarmes, or for butchers, or for scientists, or for writers, or for the younger generation. I regard trade-marks and labels as a superstition. My holy of holies is the human body, health, intelligence, talent, inspiration, love, and the most absolute freedom— freedom from violence and lying, whatever forms they may take. This is the programme I would follow if I were a great artist.*” 3 likes
“All his life he had not planted one tree in his own garden, nor grown one blade of grass; and living among the living, he had not saved one fly; he had done nothing but destroy and ruin, and lie, lie. . . .” 2 likes
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