Considered one of the greatest short story writers of all
time, Anton Chekhov heavily influenced the evolution of the modern short story.
Most notably, he used a technique that would later be called
“stream-of-consciousness,” in which he eschewed the traditional story
structure and simply wrote as though he was thinking aloud. Written in that same vein, “The Death
of a Government Clerk” is one of his best-known short stories. The story is about the fragile Ivan Dmitritch Tchervyakov who blows a small breach of etiquette far out of proportion.
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