Regarded as the greatest author of short stories, Anton Chekhov changed the genre itself with his spare, impressionistic depictions of Russian life and the human condition. From characteristically brief, evocative early pieces … to his best-known stories … Chekhov’s short fiction possesses the transcendent power of art to awe and change the reader’ – from Penguin Random House’s edition of Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov (2000).
Recommended By William Boyd
Anton Chekhov is regarded as the greatest ever writer of short stories and the mature stories he wrote in the last decade of his life are unrivalled. Clear-eyed, wry, wise, very modern in spirit, Chekhov looks at the human condition in all its absurd tragi-comedy and refuses to judge. After Chekhov, all short writing changed. His influence cannot be overestimated.
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