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About Love and Other Stories

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Raymond Carver called Anton Chekhov "the greatest short story writer who has ever lived". This unequivocal verdict on Chekhov's genius has been echoed many times by writers as diverse as Katherine Mansfield, Somerset Maugham, John Cheever, and Tobias Wolf. While his popularity as a playwright has sometimes overshadowed his achievements in prose, the importance of Chekhov's stories is now recognized by readers as well as by fellow authors. Their themes - alienation, the absurdity and tragedy of human existence - have as much relevance today as when they were written, and these superb new translations capture their modernist spirit. Elusive and subtle, spare and unadorned, the stories in this selection are among Chekhov's most poignant and lyrical. The book includes well-known pieces such as "The Lady with the Little Dog",'as well as less familiar work like "Gusev", inspired by Chekhov's travels in the Far East, and "Rothschild's Violin", a haunting and darkly humorous tale about death and loss. The stories are arranged chronologically to show the evolution of Chekhov's art.

©2004 Translation: Rosamund Bartlett (P)2014 Recorded Books

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Beautifully read in a fresh translation

Where does About Love and Other Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

These are first class stories, insightful, compassionate. They changed the form.

What other book might you compare About Love and Other Stories to, and why?

It's really enjoyable to recognise their influence in work by Joyce, Carver, Pritchett and Trevor - in fact, twentieth century short fiction generally.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

First time experience of these narrators, and a very good one. Readers to keep an eye on.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved The Student. It's such a concise vision of self doubt and affirmation, very moving. But other stories, too.

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Worth listening to once, then twice. then again.

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As always Chekhov work is outstanding

what can I say ? literature at it's finest, beautifully written, entertaining absolutely wonderful - I love Chekhov.

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  • A. M. Welsh
  • 18-04-20

Well acted renditions of excellent stories

The stories in this collection as presented are: chapter 1 - the huntsman chapter 2 - on the road chapter 3 - the letter chapter 4 - fortune chapter 5 - gusiev chapter 6 - fish love chapter 7,8 - the black monk chapter 9 - rothschild's violin chapter 10 - the student chapter 11 - the house with the mezzanine chapter 12 - in the cart chapter 13 - the man in a case chapter 14 - gooseberries chapter 15 - about love chapter 16 - the lady with the little dog chapter 17 - at christmas time chapter 18 - the bishop

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  • Mimi
  • 30-10-16

Wonderful collection

I loved each story. It was always interesting to see how each story related to the topic of love.