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Letters of Anton Chekhov

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

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. . .I am staying on the bank of the Psyol, in the lodge of an old signorial estate. I took the place without seeing it, trusting to luck, and have not regretted it so far. The river is wide and deep, with plenty of islands, of fish and of crayfish. The banks are beautiful, well-covered with grass and trees. And best of all, there is so much space that I feel as if for my one hundred roubles I have obtained a right to live on an expanse of which one can see no end. Nature and life here is built on the pattern now so old-fashioned and rejected by magazine editors. Nightingales sing night and day, dogs bark in the distance, there are old neglected gardens, sad and poetical estates shut up and deserted where live the souls of beautiful women; old footmen, relics of serfdom, on the brink of the grave; young ladies longing for the most conventional love. In addition to all these things, not far from me there is even such a hackneyed cliche as a water-mill (with sixteen wheels), with a miller, an. . . Read More

Community Reviews


It's better to be the victim than to be the hangman.
1889 to Alexander Chekhov.

Being quarantined is a surprise I wouldn't wish on anyone. It's worse than being arrested.
1892, to Alexei Suvorin

Anton Chekhov's letters to Alexei Suvorin and a few others. Dealing mostly with literature and the theatre. I

A very insightful collection of Chekhov's thoughts and most fruitful moments. It did help me realize a lot of my misgivings concerning writing in general. Recommended for aspiring writers everywhere.

Collections of letters offer such a quandary--part of me wants to have just a Selected Letters to get to the juicy stuff--the thoughts on writing. But while the travelogue stuff seems dull at first, as well as some the commentaries to others about his mongoose and other family chats, there does seem

ككاتب، تمنحك هذه الرسائل منظورا إلى عمق الصراع مع الكتابة والسبيل المقدس الى ترجمان الفكرة.