September 01, 2018

Six Books

Our review pile was teetering. Selecting just a couple of titles to review in this issue was too hard, so we decided to cover more titles this time, but with terser reviews.

You have to love any collection of Chekhov stories that begins with an introduction (by Boris Fishman) that says, “Everything you know about Anton Chekhov is wrong.” This collection focuses attention on the great writer’s modernity, humanity, optimism and curiosity.

The translations are Constance Garnett’s and the collection offers yet another great excuse to pick up Anton Pavlovich and spend a few hours with the good doctor, smirking and nodding knowingly about the human condition.

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