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Author: Anton Chekhov Narrator: Max Bollinger Publisher: Interactive Media World Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781787241497
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This story is representative of Chekhov’s early work. Though perhaps not as well known as some of his plays, the early stories nevertheless possess a unique potency and relevance to our modern lives, just as they did when they first appeared in nineteenth-century Russia.

Chekhov himself described his work as comic satire: “All I wanted was to say honestly to people, ‘Have a look at yourselves and see how bad and dreary your lives are!’ The important thing is that people should realize that, for when they do, they will most certainly create another, and better, life for themselves. I will not live to see it, but I know that it will be quite different, quite unlike our present life.

Chekhov was often criticized by prominent literary reviewers of the time for not providing readers with an answer or ideas how these dreary lives can be improved. Of course Chekhov is not giving a direct instruction or providing readers with a manual on how to live a life, but it is possible to find solutions in his stories; they appear between the lines for each reader. Resolutions are different for each person and only each individual soul can find the right and most appropriate way in their life. Chekhov’s own response to this is well documented. He often insisted that the job of an artist was not to answer questions, it was to ask them.

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About the Author

Anton Chekhov (1860–1904), the author of hundreds of short stories and several plays, is regarded by many as both the greatest Russian storyteller and the father of modern drama. He described the Russian life of his time using a deceptively simple technique devoid of obtrusive literary devices, thereby becoming the prominent representative of the late nineteenth-century Russian realist school. His early stream-of-consciousness style strongly influenced the literary world, including writers such as James Joyce.

About the Narrator

Max Bollinger was born in Russia, grew up in Ukraine, and moved to England in 1993. He currently resides in London.