Written between the years 1880 and 1887, the stories featured in this book have a refreshing youthfulness to them which differentiates them from Chekhov’s later works.
The short stories in this collection are brimming with wit, originality, innovation, and creativity.
Outside the wide-open window the night was gray. Along with the fragrance of lilacs and the quiet whispering of lime trees, a weak breeze wafted a strange sound toward the bed.
This english translation is as refreshing as the stories themselves. The humorous, experimental works in this book have a sharpness to them which is incredibly enjoyable.
The translator, Peter Constantine, writes in the introduction, “In The Undiscovered Chekhov, one sees exuberance and energy, but also the technique of a young writer of genius.”
The stories bring to life a vivid portrait of German sausage sellers, rainy taverns, and hypnotists; of fruit blossoms and doctors; of blushing girls, bearded peasants, and old men.
One coachman, a pockmarked fellow with a scarred face, held a wet accordion on his knees: he played and stopped mechanically.
This is an excellent introduction to the stories which first made Chekhov famous and established him as a literary star. The Undiscovered Chekhov is an exhilarating read for anyone interested in the early works of a great writer.
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