Forty Stories

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 9, 2011 - Fiction - 384 pages
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If any writer can be said to have invented the modern short story, it is Anton Chekhov. It is not just that Chekhov democratized this art form; more than that, he changed the thrust of short fiction from relating to revealing. And what marvelous and unbearable things are revealed in these Forty Stories. The abashed happiness of a woman in the presence of the husband who abandoned her years before. The obsequious terror of the official who accidentally sneezes on a general. The poignant astonishment of an aging Don Juan overtaken by love. Spanning the entirety of Chekhov's career and including such masterpieces as "Surgery," "The Huntsman," "Anyuta," "Sleepyhead," "The Lady With the Pet Dog," and "The Bishop," this collection manages to be amusing, dazzling, and supremely moving—often within a single page.
 

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Contents

Introduction
TRANSLATORS NOTE
TheLittleApples
St PetersDay
GreenScythe
Joy
TheNinny
TheHighestHeights
TheProposal
Vanka
WhoIs toBlame?
Typhus
Sleepyhead
ThePrincess
Gusev
ThePeasantWomen

Death of aGovernmentClerk
At thePostOffice
Surgery
In theCemetery
WhereTheres aWill Theres aWay
ToHisExcellencyThe Commissioner ofPoliceof theSecondClassAReport
TheThreat
TheHuntsman
TheMalefactor
ADeadBody
SergeantPrishibeyev
ABlunder
Heartache
Anyuta
AftertheTheater
AFragment
InExile
BigVolodya andLittleVolodya
TheStudent
AnnaRound theNeck
TheHouse with theMezzanine
In theHorsecart
OnLove
TheLady with thePetDog
TheBishop
TheBride
About theAuthor
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