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My Life

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  971 ratings  ·  87 reviews
...perhaps I was not living as I ought.

Renowned as the greatest short story writer ever, Anton Chekhov was also a master of the novella, and perhaps his most overlooked is this gem, My Life—the tale of a rebellious young man so disgusted with bourgeois society that he drops out to live amongst the working classes, only to find himself confronted by the morally and mentally
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Paperback, 150 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Melville House (first published 1896)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
моя жизнь = My Life, Anton Chekhov
My Life (Russian: Моя жизнь) is an 1896 novella by Anton Chekhov, set in a provincial southern Russian city not unlike Chekhov's own hometown of Taganrog.
عنوان: زندگی من؛ زندگی من و شش داستان دیگر؛ زندگی من و پنج داستان دیگر؛ زندگی من و دو داستان دیگر؛ زندگی من و یک داستان دیگر؛ نویسنده: آنتون چخوف؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و یکم آوریل سال 2002 میلادی
عنوان: زندگی من و شش داستان دیگر؛ نویسنده: آنتون چخوف؛ مترجم: جهانگیر افکاری؛ تهران، امیرکبیر - کتابهای جیبی، 132
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Franco  Santos
Un libro 100 % Chéjov. Uno de los pilares más importantes de este autor es la verdad; Chéjov decía que la ficción que miente no es buena ficción. Este relato es un espejo de lo que somos: pobres miserables que buscan su lugar en el mundo mientras sufren en soledad.
Leo Robertson
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Classic Chekhov: keeps everything in flux.

Every story of his I've read has the same principle: 'I think this is good; (s)he thinks the opposite is good. We're both kinda right, but you can't ever prove one is greater than the other.'

This version is bourgeois life vs. manual labour. They both have their strengths and weaknesses, but even so, we're still all going to die, and before then, most people suck.

Cheers, Chekhov. See you in, uh... a few months ;D
Vivian
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Lice eats grass, rust eats iron, and lying the soul.

Russian literature and I have a dysfunctional relationship. I think I should like it, have had several friends over the years who adore it, and yet, at some point during a book I want to put myself out of my misery. Whether it's Tolstoy, Dostoyevski, or Chekhov I find a point where I really understand vodka. To be fair, I had a nice Turgenev experience and still need to crack open Gogol, but that will come after a breather because this one to
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Ali
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I'm actually left speechless, in a state of melancholia even; my rambling won't do justice to this masterpiece of a work. It's poignant and the whole theme, with the grim realities of life, lay a very heavy burden on your heart. This novella is a testimony to Chekhov's ability to conjure up life from only words, in all its beauty and harrowing reality, with all the moral choices that one makes as he treads along the path, and the distressing repercussions that come along with those choices.

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Raha
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ترکیبِ بی نظیرِ چخوف و چهارشنبه سوری :)
بسی زیبا و دلنشین...
Mohammad Hossein
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
when you see you can't live your dreams in this cruel world :(
reading it was a fun adventure, different but same as my experience, and foretelling my tragic end if i keep up like that, hoping to cling a bit more to my world before crashing into the abyss
Shakiba
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بخشی از کتاب با ترجمهی فرشته افسری، نشر آسو :


اگر میتوانستم برای خودم انگشتری با نوشته ای بر روی آن سفارش دهم احتمالاً این عبارت را انتخاب میکردم؛ "هیچ چیز نمیگذرد." من معتقدم که هیچ چیز بدون این که اثری از خود به جای بگذارد، نمیگذرد و هر قدم کوچکی که بر میداریم، بر حال و آینده ما بسیار اثرگذار است.



مثل تمام آثارش، در این کتاب هم چخوف قصد داره پوچی و بیهودگی زندگی مردم روسیه رو نشون بده. مردمی که در شهر زندگی میکنن، اعتقاد دارن روستاییها وحشی و بیفرهنگن، اما زندگی روتین و پوچی دارن که نه برای کارا
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d
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, l-rusa, novela
(Hay un punto que me inquieta de Chejov: el hecho de que el tipo haya considerado sus textos dramáticos como comedias. ¿En la cabeza de quién se le ocurre pensar a Tío Vania o La Gaviota como comedias? ¿Acaso es una joda bárbara la caída en desgracia de la clase rusa terrateniente y/o noble a fines del siglo XIX?)

Drama como comedia clasista. Con esta idea llegué a Relato de mi vida, novella que narra el coming of age de un traidor a su clase. A saber: Misail (25-26), hijo del arquitecto de una c
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Soroosh Soltani
تلخ تلخ تلخ.رئالیست تلخ چخوف ولی واقعیت
چقدر این کتاب همزاده روزگار اجتماعی فرهنگی ایرانه
حداقل توی شهرای کوچک تر یا تفکرات بسته ی قالب مردم و اغلب شهرای بزرگ تر.
رئالیست تلخی که ملاک های قضاوت مردم ضمیر تو یا شماست،نگاه هایی که سوی نگاه های خیره بقیه رو دنبال میکنن
همه در تلاش کشف جزییات بیشتر برای قضاوت کردنن
جنگ جنگه قضاوت
همه در تلاش کسب ابزار بیشتر واسه ی قضاوته بیشتر اون هم نه قضاوته متناظر با واقعیت
بلکه متناظر با برداشتی که از واقعیت دارن
توی جامعه ای که تناقض جای درک متقابل رو گرفته،روابط بر پ
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Maryam
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
از متن کتاب:
آنها از مطالعه ی همه ی آن مکتوباتی که گفتم، چه نتیجه ای میگرفتند که هنوز هم باطنشان مانند انسان صد یا سیصد سال پیش تاریک و سرشار از نفرت بود؟
Ariana
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
زندگی من
انتوان چخوف

چخوف را پس از شکسپیر بزرگترین نمایشنامه نویس تاریخ میدانند.
او در اواخر قرن نوزده و اوایل قرن بیستم میزیست. پزشکی بود که به نویسندگی علاقه داشت. شیوه داستان نویسی او روایتی و توصیفی بوده و یکی از بزرگترین نویسندگان روسیه بود. او در حدود ششصد اثر از خود به جای گذاشته.
زندگی من یکی از معروف ترین اثار اوست که به سبک رمان نوشته شده.
داستان، زندگی فردی اشرافی است که میل به کار کردن و عرق ریختن همچو قشر فرو دست را دارد.
پدرش اورا از خانواده ترد میکند... اما حاضر نمیشود اشرافی زندگی کند
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Manik Sukoco
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
My Life was published in 1896, five years after The Duel, but it seems in some perhaps superficial ways to have the qualities of an earlier work. The first-person narrator is a young man, and a very idealistic one, who has found himself idle in his posts as a clerk and has given up employment respectable for his class in favor of manual labor.
In The Duel, too, Chekhov explored some of the modern ideas of philosophy and political economy that were swirling around Russia and the rest of the world
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Bridgette Davis
Jun 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-lit
I loved the argument in this book between Misail (the protagonist) and Dr. Blagovo. It is, in fact, a wonderful argument that could be had today. Misail expresses the underlying principle of his life choices, "that is what is wanted is that the strong should not enslave the weak, that the minority should not be a parasite on the majority, nor a vampire for ever sucking its vital sap; that is, all, without exception, strong and weak, rich and poor, should take part equally in the struggle for exi ...more
Deniss
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Mascha dice en una carta: "El rey David tenía un anillo con la inscripción: «Todo pasa.» Cuando se está triste, estas palabras consuelan; cuando se está alegre, producen melancolía. Yo también me he mandado hacer una sortija parecida, con una inscripción judaica, y ella no me permite extralimitarme ni en las alegrías ni en las tristezas. Sí, todo pasará; la vida misma acabará, ¿por qué entonces atribuir tanta importancia a nuestras pequeñas alegrías y dolores?"

Al final, Misail, el protagonista,
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Nima ُShoa
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nima by: Hamid
چخوف خیلی سریع خواننده رو وارد داستان میکنه و پایان بندی کتاب هم به همین منوال خیلی کوتاه و موجز اتفاق می افته.
صداقت متن، روان بودنش، نگاهش به زندگی روستایی، پایبندی شخصیت اصلی به اخلاق و گفتگو های جذابش با شخصیت های دیگه ی داستان که اتفاقا کم هم نیستن؛ همگی داستانی جذاب و صمیمی رو رقم می زنن که با وجود حجم کم کتاب موجب میشن که تا ساعت ها بین دیالوگ های کتاب غوطه بخوری و بهش فکر کنی.
Joshua
May 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people with short attention spans
Ah, the story of a man who turns his back on his high-class roots and slaves it with peasants, only to find out that peasants are assholes too. A good little novella, kinda depressing. A good read for a plane ride....to the Ukraine.
Fa7eme
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ترجمه خيلى جالب نبود ولى خود كتاب در كل خوب بود ، حيف كوتاه بود ، بنظرم ميشد طولاني تر و به همون اندازه خوب تر ،
باشه ،
"دهاتي ها" ( بقول كتاب)، ياد "داگويل" مينداختن منو يه جاهايي
Manuel Alfonseca
ESPAÑOL: A pesar de su título, que parece sugerir que se trata de una autobiografía, esta es una novela, o más bien un dramón decimonónico, cuyo protagonista es un joven noble que no quiere ejercer de tal y prefiere trabajar como un obrero.

La obra rebosa bondad y desgracia en el protagonista, y desprecio hacia el mundo ruso de provincias, tanto el de campesinos y obreros, como el de la alta sociedad.

ENGLISH: Despite its title, which at first looks like the book is an autobiography, this is a nov
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Rachel
Nov 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
I have previously hated Chekhov ever since, in high school, I was forced to perform one of his plays in drama class. It was called "The Bear" and was probably a horrible translation, because the lines were stilted and, even worse, I had to kiss someone that I had complicated feelings about. Apparently that was the purpose of drama class, since it happened to me like six different times, even before I had ever kissed someone FOR REALS. Eww.

But this book was actually surprisingly good, especially
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Jon Ballard
Apr 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Just what I expected from a Chekhov story; lean, unsentimental prose; a main character striving to understand and be understood; and a strain of melancholy that seems true to the characters, the plot, and to life itself. The ending seemed rushed, however, and undercut the overall power of the story. I prefer many of his short stories to this novella, but it's a worthwhile read, and maybe a nice intro to Chekhov for the uninitiated.
Beatriz Rosales
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En un enfrentamiento con su padre, el joven Misail Poloznev, sigue sus ideales al renunciar a la vida comoda y desahogada que le ofrecia su posición social, y elige obtener sus recursos al desempeñar trabajos en los que su esfuerzo fisico no lo degradan sino más bien lo acercan al resto de los ciudadanos. Despues de sufrir hambres, discriminación y desconocimiento por parte de sus conocidos, se casa con una rica heredera que comparte por un tiempo sus ideales, se mudan al campo y viven como esos ...more
Parisa Hoseini
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shortstory
من فکر می کنم داستان های چخوف به وضعیت اجتماعی و فرهنگی روزگارش خیلی نزدیکه. درواقع یک جور نقد به اوضاع زمان خودشه. در این داستان هم از آدمهایی میگه که به اصطلاح پز روشنفکری دارند و دم از آزادی و اندیشه میزنند اما خودشون در عمل رفتارشون متفاوت با اون چیزی هست که میگن.
داستانش خیلی ملالانگیزه، یاد یک داستان دیگه از چخوف افتادم که عنوانش بود: «داستانهای ملالانگیز یک پیرمرد سالخورده. «
تلخه اما اگر مثل من نثر ساده و روون و رئالیستگرایانهٔ چخوف رو دوست داشته باشین، احتمالن از مطالعه اش لذت میبرین.
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Shqyq rezaei
کتابی که در مورد تفاوت طبقاتی و همینطور مشکلات فرهنگی اجتماعی و مالی حرف زده بود . رشوه ، دزدی ، پارتی . البته توضیح مشکلاته و هیچ راه حلی نداره ! جدای از این ، به عنوان یه سرگرمی کتاب خوبی بود چون نمیشد پایا نشو حدس زد .
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Andrea Motta
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Se tem uma coisa que eu gosto na literatura russa é a forma como os acontecimentos vão se desenvolvendo de forma suave, grandes diálogos são conduzidos de forma despretensiosa e no entanto de repente nos vemos diante de uma obra prima. Apesar desse não ter se tornado o meu favorito do Tcheckhov, é uma ótima leitura, que levanta questões incríveis e me deixou refletindo a respeito após terminar...

TarasProkopyuk
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Эта история о том как сложно вырваться из рамок узкого мышления и устоявшихся устоев.

Одни смирились с этими рамками и идут в них на поводу, другие бороться но не достаточно, чтобы преодолеть их, некоторые преодолевают, но оглядываются всё время назад, некоторые слишком сильно отрываются и до поры до времени витают в облаках. Так как же правильно? Автор не даёт ответов, а лишь исскустно описывает картину жизни главных героев, и как ему свойственно изящно высмеивает и осуждает множественные челове
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Anna
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
It's so wonderful. Probably the longest single work Chekhov wrote.
Phrodrick
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been suggested that the idea behind Anton Chekhov’s My Life was to write at the expense of Tolstoy.
Tolstoy had espoused a belief in physical labor and the pheasant life. He retained his title and his status as the feudal lord over Yasnaya Polyana but lived something of the pheasant life and promoted a following to adopt less material ways.

The Central character of My Life, Misail Poloznev is born to social position in a small provincial town. Rejecting his status and his duties as a membe
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David C Ward
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alienated youth tries to find a life of meaning in a provincial Russia in which the cultural elite are pretentious gadflies, the bourgeoisie are talentless and corrupt, and the peasants are drunken brutes. No one gets out alive. Miasel, the hero, finally finds a place as an austere working man after having rebelled (against his noble family and talentless father, an architect who designs unlivable houses) and also having tried to reform life and manners by creating a model farm - I assume that t ...more
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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov [Russian: Антон Павлович Чехов] 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 r
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“If I wanted to order a ring for myself, the inscription I should choose would be: “Nothing passes away.” I believe that nothing passes away without leaving a trace, and that every step we take, however small, has significance for our present and our future existence.” 9 likes
“Lice consume grass, rust consumes iron, and lying the soul!” 7 likes
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