World Literature. Anton Chekhov

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World Literature. Anton Chekhov



World Literature. Anton Chekhov

“World literature” series presents the works of the great Russian writer Anton Chekhov. It includes a number of stories of the writer, as well as the play “Three sisters”. In the Armenian populated districts of Russia Chekhov had come into contact with Armenians, got acquainted with their customs, wrote about his impressions in his notes and letters. “The Beauties” – a short story by Anton Chekhov which is included in this book, is a story of an Armenian family and a description of the beauty of an Armenian girl.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (29 January 1860 – 15 July 1904) was a Russian physician, dramaturg and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history. His career as a dramatist produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Chekhov practised as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress." Along with Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg, Chekhov is often referred to as one of the three seminal figures in the birth of early modernism in the theater.

Chekhov renounced the theatre after the disastrous reception of The Seagull in 1896, but the play was revived to acclaim in 1898 by Constantin Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theater, which subsequently also produced Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and premiered his last two plays, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. These four works present a challenge to the acting ensemble as well as to audiences, because in place of conventional action Chekhov offers a "theater of mood" and a "submerged life in the text."

Chekhov had at first written stories only for financial gain, but as his artistic ambition grew, he made formal innovations which have influenced the evolution of the modern short story. His originality consists in an early use of the stream-of-consciousness technique, later adopted by James Joyce and other modernists, combined with a disavowal of the moral finality of traditional story structure. He made no apologies for the difficulties this posed to readers, insisting that the role of an artist was to ask questions, not to answer them.
Author(s) Lusine Margaryan
Compiler(s) Lusine Margaryan
Language(s) Armenian
Publisher(s) Edit Print
Year 2012
Pages 240
Binding paperback
Printing Black & White
ISBN 9789939525709

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