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The Steppe and Other Stories, 1887-91 Paperback – 10 January 2002
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Ronald Wilks has translated many Russian works of literature including, for Penguin, those of Gorky, Sologub, Tolstoy, Pushkin, and Chekhov.
Donald Rayfield is Professor of Russian at Queen Mary & Westfield College, London and author of the acclaimed biography 'Anton Chekhov- A Life'
- Publisher : Penguin; 1st edition (10 January 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0140447857
- ISBN-13 : 978-0140447859
- Dimensions : 13.34 x 1.91 x 20.32 cm
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The stories were written in the 1880s.They are:
1. The Swedish Match-A story about a murder case with a humorous twist at the end of the short tale!
2. 2. Easter Eve-Easter is the most festive liturgical holiday in the Russian Orthodox Church. Chekhov who once sang as a choir boy tells an atmospheric story of a monk and the dead friend who wrote beautiful hymns.
3. Mire-A humorous story of a lovely and enigmatic Jewish woman whose feminine wiles help her avoid paying IOU's
4. On the Road-A night in a shabby country inn where we explore the career of a formerly wealthy man who has had many life experiences.
5. Verotchka-A young man visiting a country estate who is a virgin feels the first stirring of love.
6. Volodya-The sad story of a young man who believes he is unloved with few options in life.
7. The Kiss-A famously classic short story about a military officer who receives a kiss while wandering into a darkened room at the estate of a general.
8. Sleepy-The tragic tale of a peasant girl who is forced to stay awake to take care of her master's baby
9. The Steppe-A long story of over one hundred pages about a young man's journey with his uncle and a clergyperson across the vast Russian landscape. The story is beautifully written including stunning scenes of flora and fauna.
A highly recommended collection of short stories to savor and reread. Enjoy!