Inevitable (Pushkin Collection)
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Anton Chekhov — was born in Taganrog, Russia, the son of a grocer. While training as a doctor he supported his parents and siblings with his freelance writing, working as a journalist and composing hundreds of short comic pieces under a pen name for local magazines.
In his twenties he began to write major works of drama, including The Seagull , Uncle Vanya and The Cherry Orchard , but he continued to write extraordinary short stories up until his death from tuberculosis at the age of New translations of the greatest stories by the Russian master of the form Chekhov was without doubt one of the greatest observers of human nature in all its untidy complexity.
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Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Although few of the stories definitively set themselves in place or time, I think it is fair to say that all are set in Russia in the second half of the 19th century, i. So we see something of how life was for both peasants and the landed gentry in provincial Russia at a time following the emancipation of the serfs and the coming of the railways, and when the majority of country estate-holders were struggling with mortgage debt.
That is not least because Chekhov does not condemn the two main characters, either in the moral sense or, necessarily, to a bad end. He does, however, warn of the inevitable difficulties. There was only the one, fated way. In which case, is it a fallacy to speak of points of origin, crucial links where the chain of causality actually began? The narrator cannot help but wonder: It would seem as though a whole world had sprung into existence from a single action of mine.
There is only an unending chain. Except that a chain implies singularity, when in actuality all lives are interconnected into the weft of continuous time.
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He comes at last to this lovely, if wistful, realization: I am Sebastian, or Sebastian is I, or perhaps we both are someone whom neither of us knows. A final confrontation between the narrator and Wolf is inevitable. The two men are aching to reenact their fateful first encounter, as if they wish to test the limits of the baleful hypothesis that figures as the subtext of their existence. Love, hatred, fear, regret, remorse, will, passion…all is helpless before the momentary power of murder. This power, however, is fallacious. And it would bring me to the end.
One more week and. But I had to leave for Moscow—for the two-year program for scriptwriters and producers that I had applied to some time ago. I sobered up after a two-year hangover, with a diploma under my arm and an unfinished novel in front of me. Nevertheless I finished Obraz zhizni [Way of Life, a collection of novellas. Perhaps I was going through a period of disappointments.
I would write the Russian version of The Heart of the Matter! Then I had another disappointment.
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I already had the airplane ticket in my pocket to Yokohama, and some yen, but they pulled me aside into a room in the airport and kindly explained that I would have financial difficulties. But each disappointment comes with something good. Japan As It Is [his unfinished novel, which appeared in Zvezda in The archipelago of my Imperiia v chetyrekh izmereniiakh [Empire in 4-D: Well, I practically had Petrograd, the first in the series.
Armenia was preparing for its fiftieth anniversary celebrations. It was easy to figure out which ones were private stores and which ones were state-owned: One aspect of alcoholism that is never given any consideration is that the drunk are socially closer to everyone. Well, at least to the cops—not to the KGB.
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Do you want to know how a publisher works? He will try anything not to publish your work, but, if he has agreed and signed a contract, he will respect you for that very reason. Here is your little niche.
I was trying to widen that niche as much as possible, priding myself not on what I had written, but what I had managed to publish. The application had to be composed in the following way: And so, a query letter for the novel now just called House:. The place of action in the novel is set in our native city. We encounter our hero prior to the most important event of his life and career—the presentation of his dissertation for a doctorate.
It is about the relationship between the individual and the collective. About the slow and tortuous development of the self-consciousness. Through friendship, love, and work our hero uncovers moral issues impeding him from. I bow to you with deep gratitude. After receiving 1, rubles, and worrying over the tanks in Prague, my mind at ease about the family budget for the next half of the year and most of it already gone on alcohol, I was trapped in a contract and deadlines: Alas, the date was approaching and I had to have an extension. But that deadline arrived soon, too.
I had asked for more, but not more than two. I had a few kopecks left from the advance. The bridges had to be burnt. Financially secure once again, six years after I started it, I sat down to complete Pushkin House. Forty days of uninterrupted work and it acquired its present-day structure.