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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  21,145 ratings  ·  627 reviews
A Methuen Student Edition of Chekhov's classic play in Michael Frayn's acclaimed translation.

When it first opened in St Petersburg in 1896, The Seagull survived only five performances after a disastrous first opening night. Two years later it was revived by Nemirovich-Danchenko at the newly-founded Moscow Art Theatre with Stanslasky as Trigorin and was an immediate success
Paperback, 65 pages
Published April 25th 2002 by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama (first published 1895)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Чайка = Chayka = The Seagull, Anton Chekhov
The Seagull is a play by Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov, written in 1895 and first produced in 1896. The Seagull is generally considered to be the first of his four major plays. It dramatises the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: the famous middlebrow story writer Boris Trigorin, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the symbolist playwright Konstantin Tréplev.
عنوانها: مرغ دریایی - نمایشنامه در چهار پرد
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first play of Chekhov.....After reading it peacefully on my library desk... I am going to watch it tonight. I'll try to write my opinion on it !
After my reading of his stories, some of my GR friends had suggested me to try his plays. I earnestly obeyed them with this first play of Chekhov. I found once again very similar beauty and charm in it, which had made me his instant admirer, when I'd first gone through his wonderful stories.

There are four main characters in this pla
I know you love me; I'm touched. I just don't love you back, that's all.
Masha Act I ~~ Anton Chekhov -- The Seagull



The Seagull was my introduction to Chekhov in college. I read, analysed and directed it. The translation I reread today was the same I studied in college, Stark Young. This is Young's most successful translation of Chekhov I believe. It is not as stilted and academic as his other translations; Young also succeeds and bringing about an emotional con
Issa Deerbany
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anton-chekhov
طوال قراأتي لفصول هذه المسرحية وانا يخطر على ذهني اغنية المبدع المظلوم الفنان محمد بن علي بأغنيته الرائعة والتي مطلعها:

عادة سيئة فينا .. نحب اللي يجافينا
واللي حبنا ننساه ... لو هو ميت فينا

ممثله كبيرة في السن متصابية تحب ان يحيط بها المعجبون والمديح وتحب كاتبا شهيرا اناني ضعيف الشخصية.
ابنها يحاول ان يصبح كاتبا شهيرا لينال إعجاب أمه وحبيبته التي بدورها معجبيه وتحب الكاتب الشهير .
وهناك ماشا التي تحب الكاتب الناشيء.

لقد كان قاسيا تشيخوف عندما أعاد نينا للكاتب الناشيء وليخبرها انه ما زال يحبها اما هي

رغم تسرب بعض الملل و الإحساس بأنها قصة تقليدية عن الحب و عبثية الحياة الا ان الحوار المصيرى الأخير بين تريبليف و نينا يضع بعد فلسفى للمسرحية جعلنى اعيد قراءة اجزاء كبيرة منها بعين اخرى
عبقرى انت يا تشيكوف فقد تركت تركة عظيمة لن تنساها البشرية أبدا


Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
با وجود ارادت بی پایانی که به چخوف عزیز دارم، در حین خوندن "مرغ دریایی" حس می کردم دارم یک تیکه کاغذ بی مزه می خورم
برای مدتی باید از نمایش های چخوف به داستان هایش کوچ کنم...یک مقدار حال و هواش برام تکراری شده
فقط تفاوتی که "مرغ دریایی" با چند اثر قبلی داشت به نظرم این بود که انگار چخوف مخصوصا پاره ای از درونیات و دغدغه های شخصی ش رو از زبان شخصیت های نویسنده این اثر بیان می کنه و دیگر اینکه آن خوش بینی معهود نمایش های قبلی، در اینجا نمودی نداشت
و اینکه مرسی از کامران فانی و ترجمه خوبش که کمک کر
Finishing The Seagull, I have now read the quartet of what's known as Chekhov's major plays.
The Seagull 1896
Uncle Vanya 1897
The Three Sisters 1901
The Cherry Orchard 1904

So I saved the first for last and I think probably the best for last as well. But they are all outstanding and I encourage anyone who hasn't read them to give them a try. They all came within a few years of the turn of the 20th century, and at that time and place they were as good as it get's. And they hold their own today, still
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-kindle, 2014, reviewed
I just noticed this is my 100th review. Or perhaps it is my 98th if you only count the sober ones (unless of course you’re using the Alex method, in which case I’ve only written two reviews because it’s only the drunken ones that count), and so I shall allow myself in light of this occasion to blather away without bothering my head about any forms whatsoever. (As opposed to the usual.)

Which reminds me of a quote I came across recently…
“The conviction is gradually forcing itself upon me that goo
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ανήκει στα αριστουργήματα του Τσέχωφ.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre
«Στην όχθη μιας λίμνης ζει από τα παιδικά της χρόνια μια κοπέλα,να,όπως εσείς.Αγαπάει τη λίμνη σαν γλάρος κι είναι ευτυχισμένη και ελεύθερη σαν γλάρος.Αλλά κάποιος περνάει τυχαία,την βλέπει,κι επειδή δεν έχει τίποτα καλύτερο να κάνει,της καταστρέφει τη ζωή,όπως σκότωσαν αυτόν εδώ το γλάρο».
Ο γλάρος σ’ αυτό το-κωμικό,όπως ο ίδιος ο Τσέχωφ τονίζει-έργο συμβολίζει την αθωότητα,τις προσδοκίες,την ελπίδα και την ελευθερία που όλοι αναζητάμε.Όμως,όπως ο γλάρος σκοτώνεται,καταστρέφονται.
Εδώ,η πραγματικ
David Schaafsma
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays
The Seagull is the first Chekhov play I ever saw performed, sometimes in the seventies, in a production by the Stratford Festival Theater in Stratford, Ontario in 1968, when I was 15, and I will never forget the performance of Nicholas Pennell as the playwright Konstantin Tréplev. I saw one other production in the early seventies at my college. I am reading the short stories of Chekhov now, and it is my plan to reread all of his major plays at some point, but I re-read it at this time because th ...more
“A young girl grows up on the shores of a lake, as you have. She loves the lake as the gulls do, and is as happy and free as they. But a man sees her who chances to come that way, and he destroys her out of idleness, as this gull here has been destroyed.”

Nina is a beautiful, young, aspiring actress in love with the author Trigorin who is perhaps only in love with himself. "How easy it is to be a philosopher on paper, and how difficult in real life."
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
How easy it is, Doctor, to be a philosopher on paper and, how difficult in real life.

The Seagull was a delightful exploration of binary contrasts, a meditation rocking the countryside as a mélange of folk gather by the shore of a lake for some Slavic R&R: adultery and suicide. I am only kidding. Echoing Hemingway, one would imagine all of Mother Rus hanging themselves judging by the pages of its marvelous literature. The contrast between urban and rural is explored as is the space between ar
Mar 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
March 9, 2009

When I read a play, I am always aware of what a limited view I have of the work, knowing that I am seeing a mere skeleton without any flesh, a framework on which must be hung the realization of the work of art; thinking that I have truly experienced the play by just reading it is, I think, much like convincing myself that I know a Beethoven symphony simply because I have read the score. I have never seen Chekhov’s “Seagull” produced, and that is frustrating. I have read about it and
B. P. Rinehart
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I first encountered Chekhov when I read The Portable Chekhov short story collection. As amazing as those stories are, I had been waiting to introduce myself to what has made him one of the great masters of the arts: his plays. This play, like most Russian art of the 19th century is realism and the influence of Leo Tolstoy is obvious. But unlike Tolstoy, whose works always strived to impart greater ideals and truths to his audience, to preach. Chekhov is not a preacher, but a doctor and he goes a ...more
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Guest cottage at Melikhovo where Chekhov wrote The Seagull

Description: When it opened in St Petersburg in 1896, The Seagull survived only five performances after a disastrous first night. Two years later it was revived by Nemirovich-Danchenko at the newly-founded Moscow Art Theatre with Stanslasky as Trigorin and was an immediate success. Checkhov's description of the play was characteristically self-mocking: "A comedy - 3F, 6M, four acts, rural scenery (a view over a
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Δεν μπορώ να είμαι αντικειμενική γιατί ο Τσεχοφ ειναι απο τους αγαπημένους μου συγγραφείς. Πρόκειται για ένα καινοτόμο για την εποχη του έργο σε τέτοιο σημείο που το πρώτο του ανεβασμα οδήγησε σε παταγώδη αποτυχία με τον Τσεχοφ να ακούει τα χίλια μύρια απο κριτικούς και κοινό. Ο Γλαρος εκτυλίσσεται σε 4 πράξεις που κρατάνε το ενδιαφέρον του αναγνώστη αλλα καταλαβαίνω ταυτόχρονα γιατί είναι τόσο μα τόσο δύσκολο να καταφέρει κάποιος ενα πετυχημένο ανέβασμα αυτού του έργου το οποίο ο ίδιος ο Τσεχοφ ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rus yazarların kitaplarını okurken kafam allak bullak oluyor. Bir ismi üç farklı şekilde söylemeye bayılıyorlar kitap boyunca. Hele bir de karakter sayısı çoksa vay halime.

Bu kitapta da durmadan kitabın başında yer alan kişi listesine dönüp durdum. Karakterlerin isimlerine alışmaya başladığımda ise kitabın sonuna gelmiştim bile :’)

Martı’da karakterler kendileriyle ve başarılı olma tutkuları ile fazlasıyla meşguldür. Ve hatta bir noktada da kendilerini başarıya, şöhrete, üne fazlasıyla kaptırmı
David Sarkies
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modernist
The Tragedy of Unrequited Love
28 September 2013

Russian literature seems to have a very bleak undertone to it, though I must admit that the only Russian authors that I have read are Dostoyevsky and Chekhov, and the only other author that I know of (and do intend to read one day) is Tolstoy. I guess when you are swamped with the plethora of English writers, then writers from other nations really have to stand out to be noticed, but then I suspect that that is also the case in England.

I am not su
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
هیچ آدمی توی این نمایش خوشحال نیست. هرکس به نوبه خودش مشکلاتی به نظر غیرقابل حل داره و کسی رو نمیتونی پیدا کنی که از ته قلب از زندگیش راضی باشه.
روابط آدمها جوری اغراق شدهست که به کمدی میمونه. خطی طولانی از علاقهها. a از b خوشش میاد که از c خوشش میاد و c از a خوشش میاد
وقتی برای بار دوم نمایش رو خوندم، بعد از یکسال، خیلی بهتر متوجه شدم و بهتر تونستم باهاش ارتباط برقرار کنم.
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Maybe I have ro read it twice, which I think I will also do. It's a play so that means lot's of dialogues. But I got lost in the personages because I didn't concentrate enough at the beginning. I think the tale was good so it's worth to do it. I will certainly also read 'uncle Vanya' and 'the cherry garden'.
Saye Tafreshi
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
دورن: ترس از مرگ یک غریزه حیوانی است و انسان باید بر آن چیره بشود. تنها آنهایی از مرگ میترسند که به زندگی جاوید عقیده داشته باشند،آن هم به علت گناهانشان. و شما اولا این اعتقاد را ندارید،و ثانیا گناهی نکرده اید که از عاقبت آن نگران باشید
Fateme Beygi
نمایشنامه های چخوف بیشتر جزو نمایشنامه های مدرنی به حساب میان که دیگه نباید درشون دنبال رخداد خاصی گشت یا توقع تعلیق ماجرایی رو داشت. بلکه عنصر اصلی نمایشنامه های چخوف کنش متقابل انسان ها و روابطشون با همه. برای همین هم معمولا نمایشنامه هاش شخصیت های زیادی داره-البته من با این قضیه مشکل دارم و جز شخصیت های اصلی بقیه رو مدام باید رجوع کنم به فهرست اشخاص تا یادم بیاد که نقششون چیه- و ماجرا در حین گفت و گو و دیدار این افراد با هم می گذره که البته توی این نمایشنامه پرده ها معمولا فواصل زمانی زیادی ب ...more
Ahmed Ibrahim
في هذا الوقت في روسيا كانت الشهرة هي الغرض الأول من الكتابة، يحكي تولستوي عن هذه المرحلة بأنه كان واحدا من ضمن الكتاب الذين انخرطوا في الكتابة من أجل الشهرة، وكان يطلع على مختلف الكتب ليُقال أنه مثقف.

في هذه المسرحية يحكي تشيخوف مأساة كاتب صغير يحاول الثورة على المألوف ولكنه يفشل، ينبذه الجميع لاختلافه ويرفعون من شأن الكاتب الآخر المفرط في الكلاسيكية حد الابتذال، هي مأساة بشكل كوميدي سوداوي ينتحر فيها الكاتب الصغير في النهاية.
جو المسرحية مقبض بالرغم من التناول الهزلي.
نقد روز
در نمایشنامه مرغ دریایی، آنتون چخوف صرفا داستانی درباره چند هنرمند و عشق نمی نویسد. چخوف با بهره مندی از ویژگی های متمایزی که در تک تک شخصیت هایش وجود دارد، انواع مختلف یک هنرمند، به ویژه یک هنرمند عاشق را به تصویر می کشد. هر چهار قهرمان اصلی داستان هنرمندان عاشقی هستند. آرکادینا، تریگورین، ترپلف و نینا نسبت به هنر و عشق های خود دارای ارتباط های مختلفی هستند. آرکادینا و نینا برای بازیگری ارزشی ویژه قائل هستند و آن را امری با ارزش تر از زندگی روزانه می دانند. آرکادینا برای خودش هم چنین ارزشی قائل ...more
ناصر سليم
نکته قابل توجه برای من دیالوگ هایی بود که مربوط به نویسنده مشهور و دخترک بازیگر می شد
نویسنده مشهور چه به خوبی شرح حالش و توصیف کرد و پشت پرده دنیای نویسندگان و نشون داد
در جای جای نمایش نامه هم نویسنده مدام یادداشت برداری می کرد برای نوشتن داستان های کوتاه ، احتمالا چخوف خودش و تو قالب نقش نویسنده نمایشنامه گذاشته بوده
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I find Chekhov so much more accessible than Dostoyevsky or Tolstoy, but his works never fail to pull me in.

Chekhov's keen observations, his own long life of bachelorhood (until marrying at 41-- and even then, in a rather unconventional marriage) and lengthy list of love affairs must have surely contributed to his cynical, distraught characters.

The Seagull is a heart-wrenching complicated love triangle of Masha loves Constantine, Constantine loves Nina, Nina loves Trigorin (who
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
طبق انتظارم عالی بود.
چخوف رو کلن با ترجمه ی "سروژ استپانیان" باید خوند. این مترجم بزرگ ارمنی، که مادرش هم روسی بوده و به زبان و ادبیات و فرهنگ روسیه تسلط کامل داشته ترجمه های بی نقصی داره.
توفيق عبد الرحيم
انت قتلتني
طول المسرحية بكلم صديقة ليا و اقولها أجزاء من المسرحية عن تريبليف اللي هو أكثر شخصية بتمثلني قرأت عنها في اي عمل أدبي
و ده من أكثر مميزات تشيخوف اللي ناس كتير مش واخدين بالهم منها و مفكرين انه عادي يعني
لا هو مش عادي تشيخوف بيخلق شخصيات حية في مسرحياته و ده اكيد بيرجع لاستقباله ضيوف في بيته طول الوقت من جميع فئات المجتمع ده جعله يكون عند عدد لا نهائي من التركيبات للشخصيات الروائية و المسرحية و القصصية اللي يقدر يستخدمها في اي وقت
مكنتش متوقع لتاني مره علي التوالي ان المسرحية هتعجبني بس
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
نظر شخصی من اینه که نمایشنامه های چخوف خیلی خیلی خیلی با داستانهاش متفاوته !!

بعد از باغ آلبالو این دومین نمایشنامه ای بود که ازش خوندم و باز هم به همون نتیجه سابق رسیدم.

چخوف داستانهای کوتاهش رو خیلی روان و ساده و دلنشین نوشته در حالی که نمایشنامه هاش رو بسیار پیچیده و سمبلیک نوشته.

من همونقدر که داستانهاش رو دوست دارم از خوندن نمایشنامه هاش هم لذت میبرم. ولی اصلا خوندن این نمایشنامه هارو به کسی که سابقه خوندن نمایشنامه نداره پیشنهاد نمیکنم چون هم خیلی تعداد شخصیتها زیاده هم یه لایه زیرین داره قصه
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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.
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“If my life can ever be of any use to you, come and take it.” 108 likes
Why do you always wear mourning?

I dress in black to match my life. I am unhappy.”
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