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ANTON PAVLOVICH CHEKHOV  ( 1860  – 1904)  was a  Russian  physician, dramatist and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history. 

His career as a dramatist produced four classics -  The Seagull ,  Uncle Vanya ,  Three Sisters and  The Cherry Orchard , which are rarely absent from the stage -  and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics.  Chekhov practised as a doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress."

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Ivanov
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Ivanov

Anton Chekhov (translated/adapted by David Harrowe
 
Ivanov, a driving force in local government and a visionary landowner, feels burnt out at thirty-five. Once the pioneer of scientific farming methods and of education for the peasants, he now feels drowned in bureaucracy and debt, his large estate neglected. While his wife is dying, Sasha, a young, educated woman, falls in love with Ivanov and determines to save him. Set in a country suffering from political, ideological and spiritual stagnation, Chekhov's first full-length play anticipates the explosive revolutionary atmosphere of Russia at the turn of the twentieth century.

Review
A play often patronised as an immature melodrama, one that Chekhov himself described as "a pudding", has the quirkiness, the subtlety, the unpredictable touches of human truth we associate with the great works that followed -  Benedict Nightingale, The Times


Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-339-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB