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New Meetup: Chekhov: Short Stories

From: Arlinda S.
Sent on: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 11:11 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Classic Books!

What: Chekhov: Short Stories

When: Sunday, February 28,[masked]:00 PM

Price: $2.25 per person

Crema Cafe
27 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Nabokov once said that Chekhov writes "the way one person relates to another the most important things in his life, slowly and yet without a break, in a slightly subdued voice."

Arguably the greatest short story writer of them all, Anton Chekhov changed the genre with his genius for spare prose and uncanny insight into the human condition. He entered the canon of modern literature accidentally, as a repentant sketch artist filching time from practicing medicine to jot down stories. Strikingly original from the start, Chekhov had a method to his literary "madness". In a letter to his less successful-at-writing brother, he offered his recipe for a good story:

1. Absence of lengthy verbiage of a political, social, economic nature
2. Total objectivity
3. Truthful descriptions of persons and objects
4. Extreme brevity
5. Audacity and originality
6. Compassion

I invite you to judge how he applies this recipe in the following stories:

The Huntsman
A Boring Story
Ward No. 6
The Lady with the Dog
About Love

Of the many editions and translations out there, I recommend Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky's. However, you may also find the stories online at:

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