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  • Anton Chekhov

    Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) wrote of the Russian period of depression and pessimism and is the acknowledged leader of the realistic school of the Russian short story. He has been compared to Guy de Maupassant for the masterful way in which he creates an atmosphere and narrates his stories to a climax. No other writer has the same ability to reveal the characters' souls in just two or three pages. Central themes in his works are mediocrity, the tragedy of pettiness, commonplaceness, the meaninglessness and emptiness of everyday life. In The Encased Man he describes the life of a schoolmaster whose existence is limited by petty rules, morals, inhibitions and unconscious fears. Despite...read more

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    A full-cast performance of Chekhov’s masterpiece starring Jennifer Westfeldt, Tessa Thompson, Sarah Zimmerman and Jon Hamm. Meet Olga, Masha, and Irina, warm and cultured young sisters who were reared in the exciting hubbub of Moscow, but have been living in the dull, gossipy backwaters of Russia for far too long. With their father’s passing, and the ordinary grip of day-to-day life slowly suffocating them, the urge to return to the city with its rich and exciting life rises to a fever pitch. First performed in 1901, Three Sisters beautifully mixes humor and heartbreak and is a perennial favorite of actors and audiences alike. The great Russian playwright Anton Chekhov is one of...read more

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    As Maxim and Lizaveta, a young married couple, drive home from church on Easter, Maxim finds the joy and beauty in everything. As the newly married couple drives home on their first Easter together, carrying a blessed Easter cake, they see a Cossack at the side of the road. They soon learn that he is sick and too weak to make it home, and he asks for some food if they have any. Maxim immediately wants to share the Easter cake with him; however, his wife refuses to allow this, ripping the cake away from her husband. She feels the cake is holy and should be cut at home properly. Maxim apologizes to the Cossack, and he and Lizaveta go home. But from this point forward, Maxim is haunted by his...read more

  • Anton Chekhov

    Pavel Vassilyevitch finds himself meeting with an unwanted visitor one day after lunch, an odd woman beseeching him to give him just a half hour of his time. Madam Murashkin wants Pavel to critique a play that she has written before she sets off on a voyage, and insists it will take only a half hour of his time. Unable to deny her relentless pitiful pleas, Pavel gives in and Madam Murashkin launches into her play - which turns out to take much longer than half an hour to get through. Pavel finds himself unable to focus on the woman's play, but she does not seem to notice. She continues on and on with her play, while Pavel seems to start losing his mind listening to her drivel. Anton...read more

  • Anton Chekhov

    Rashevitch, a proud and talkative man, was entertaining a guest, Meier, the deputy examining magistrate. Rashevitch was enjoying Meier's company, providing him with a body to talk at. Rashevitch would go on and on about his beliefs and ideas, and found himself thinking that Meier might be a good match for one of his daughters to marry. As he continues to prattle on about social Darwinism, he develops this idea further and further in his mind, His daughters join the two men for dinner and Rashevitch takes his social critiques a step too far for Meier. From there, all his plans begin to unravel. Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian writer and playwright, considered by many to be one of...read more

  • Anton Chekhov

    Nikolay is tired of his dull life working at a railway station and his loveless marriage. When he accidentally breaks a champagne bottle on New Year' s Eve, his wife is convinced that it is an omen of bad luck to come. Nikolay, already dissatisfied with his life, thinks his wife is overreacting. His feels that not much more could go wrong in his life. Then, in the brink of his despair, a young and beautiful visitor, his wife's aunt, arrives unexpectedly. Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian writer best known for his plays and short stories. His works aim to reveal the underbelly and reality of Russian life and the people living it. Using simple prose and few literary techniques,...read more

  • Anton Chekhov

    Natalya was once a happy and radiant young woman. Now an older woman, she reflects about her youth. In particular, she thinks about the heavy emphasis she put on her wealth and the relationships and experiences that it cost her. One man, Pyotr, loved her, but they both let their different statuses in society prevent their love from having a chance. After years of unhappiness and regret, Pyotr comes to visit Natalya. Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian writer best known for his plays and short stories. His works utilize simple prose and limited literary techniques to get to the heart of the characters. Humor is also a common occurrence in his works, with even his more serious pieces...read more

  • Anton Chekhov

    A manufacturer and his lawyer decide to drink in the public room of a restaurant after a ball they had just attended. They are having a merry time drinking vodka and eating oysters. The manufacturer drinks more and more and becomes angrier with each drink. He later turns to his lawyer and confesses a secret to him that he has never told anyone...read more

  • Anton Chekhov

    Late one evening, tragedy strikes when the town doctor, Kirilov, is unable to save his dying son from diphtheria. As he and his wife mourn their only son's death, a stranger, Abogin, arrives at the doctor's home, begging him to come save his dying wife. The doctor, who is still shocked from his son's death of five minutes ago, declines Abogin's pleas. However, Abogin refuses to give up, trying desperately to save his wife. After Abogin promises to have the doctor back home in an hour, the doctor agrees, and they set off to help Abogin's wife. When they arrive at Abogin's home, though, Abogin is surprised to find that his wife is not there, which threatens to change the relationship between...read more

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    The story is set on a Russian ship which is filled with ill and injured soldiers heading home after a trip to the Far East, as it follows two very different passengers aboard. One is very ill and delirious and can only envision his life on his family's farm, and is also consumed with the concern for the well being of his family. The other is stubborn, rude and in denial of his current illness. The story follows both passengers through their journey and perception of illness and injury leading up to the fatal end. Anton Chekhov was a Russian dramatist, author and physician. He practiced as a physician throughout his entire literary career. Chekhov began writing for financial reasons but...read more

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    On a quiet, still night when the stars speckle the sky, two shepherds, one old and one young, watch over their flock of sheep. While the two shepherds are laying down keeping watch, a wealthy overseer pays them a visit. The overseer, who has come from Kovylyevsky fields, reminds the old shepherd of the evil and mysterious man who died there. While talking about the evil man, who seems magical, the overseer and young shepherd learn that there are treasures buried in the lands surrounding them. The old shepherd reveals that this evil man had the power to see these treasures, which magic kept hidden, but that he refused to dig them up or show anyone else where they were. Quickly, all three...read more

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    Semyon and a young man, along with three other ferrymen, live out their days on a desolate riverbank in Siberia, after being exiled from their countries for various crimes. Their environment is freezing cold and barren, providing nothing about which to be happy. However, Semyon seems content with his life, arguing that if he wants nothing he will never be disappointed. The young man, on the other hand, is miserable and hopes that his wife and mother will soon come visit him. Semyon warns the young man that he will not survive in exile if he begins to hope for things, using as an example a gentleman who became overtaken by wants while in exile. As the young man grapples with his new life,...read more

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    A young aspiring male student finds him self in a difficult situation. While working on his dissertation he is interrupted by a young women, asking him to walk her home. He decides it is best and complies with her request. It is later decided the two should marry but it is against the young man's wishes. A great idea comes to the man regarding their marriage, but it is a little too late. Anton Chekhov was a Russian dramatist, author and physician. He practiced as a physician throughout his entire literary career. Chekhov began writing for financial reasons but then developed a passion for it as time went on. Many of his writings influenced the development of modern short...read more

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    When Ivan Dmitritch's wife, Masha, invests her money in the lottery, he can help but feel it is a foolish waste of timing. However, having read through the rest of the paper, he agrees to check the numbers for his wife at her request. To his astonishment, the series number of Masha's lottery ticket matches the winning series number. Without checking the rest of the number needed to win, both husband and wife quickly begin to fantasize about what they would do if they won the lottery. Their happy thoughts quickly turn to anger and hostility towards one another as they become greedy over the money. It is only then that Ivan consents to checking the final number to see whether or not their...read more

  • Anton Chekhov

    A collection of Short Stories by Anton Chekhov featuring A Tragic Actor, In A Strange Land, Oh The Public, The Looking Glass, Her Husband and Overdoing It. These stories are small masterpieces. The scene is set quickly and within a few sentences the story line is underway. But all seem to contain an element of the...read more

  • Anton Chekhov

    Audio book collection of Chekhov's short story works featuring: Talent, Anyuta, The Helpmate, Ivan Matveyitch, Polinka. Read in English by Max Bollinger (Unabridged) and accompanied by Tchaikovskiy piano...read more

  • Anton Chekhov

    Where does love come from? How far questions of personal happiness are of consequence in love? Audio book collection of stories by Anton Chekhov united by the theme of love featuring: About Love, The Helpmate, Polinka. Read in English (unabridged). New edition, also available in paper back and ebook...read more

  • Anton Chekhov

    When Stepan Ivanovitch Kutsyn, the mayor of a town, learns that a Persian magnate is visiting, he instantly becomes intrigued. The mayor had already received various medals and badges, such as the badge of the Red Cross and the badge of the Society of Saving from Drowning. He also had made an impressive looking badge for himself to add to his jacket. The presence of the Persian magnate, Rahat-Helam, created the possibility that the mayor could receive the order of the Lion and the Sun, without having to perform any of the services generally required to receive such an honor. The mayor visits Rahat-Helam at his hotel and introduces himself. Quickly, the mayor learns that there is a language...read more

  • Anton Chekhov

    Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), sometimes referred to as the chronicler of the Russian period of depression and pessimism, was the leader of the realistic school of the Russian short story. His ability to create an atmosphere and build to a climax is unparalleled. He takes a moment in the protagonists\' lives and reveals their souls in a handful of phrases. Mediocrity, pettiness, emptiness and meaninglessness are core themes as he strips bare the rot at the core of social structures. A Work of Art, which lampoons a set of characters bound by social morals, also reveals Chekhov as a wry humorist. A doctor is presented with a fabulous - but unsuitably erotic - work of art. He is unable to...read more

  • Anton Chekhov

    In this famous one act comedy, thesorrowful and lonely widow Mrs. Popov meets the aggressive and angry Smirnov,who shows up at her house to demand money owed by her late husband. Despitethis unlikely beginning, the two manage somehow to fall in love. Written in 1888, The Bear isone of Anton Chekhov's greatest works. The play is alternately titled...read more