Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Daniel Jameson on 08-07-14

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.

Any additional comments?

Worth listening to once, then twice. then again.

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5 out of 5 stars
By miss n j moore on 03-07-17

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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By Mimi on 30-10-16

Wonderful collection

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

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