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June 04, 2010


Patti Abbott

Love his stories, hate his plays.

George Kelley

I'm a fan of Chekhov. I'll have to seek out this book. Like you, I find some of the translations of his work annoying. Is it Chekhov or the translator who makes the prose less than satisfactory?

BV Lawson

Hi, Patti! Yes, I think I agree with you about the stories vs. plays.

BV Lawson

Hey, George! I think it's possibly the translator in this case. I read a review by someone who sounds like they speak and read Russian, complaining that the translation is too literal, making certain phrases sometimes lose their original meaning. But the "absurdist sensibilities" of Chekhov's writing still manage to come through.

Evan Lewis

The idea of casually reading authors I was assigned in college never seems to occur to me. It should.

BV Lawson

Were you assigned just the play or Chekhov's stories, Evan? The short stories and novellas are much more accessible and, depending upon your opinion, maybe even better. I do wish English teachers wouldn't take all the fun out of reading, sometimes....

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