Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov was a Russian playwright and short-story writer. He is considered one of the greatest short stories writers. His short stories are very popular and also held in high esteem by critics.

50 Best Short Stories of Anton Chekhov

This is a collection of thirty five of Anton Chekhov’s best short stories, mostly on the subject of death and disillusionment. Considered the greatest short story writer, Chekhov changed the genre itself with his spare, impressionistic depictions of Russian life and the human condition. Chekhov’s characters are average academics or commonplace countryfolk, generally tragic and …

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Uprooted by Anton Chekhov

An Incident of My Travels I was on my way back from evening service. The clock in the belfry of the Svyatogorsky Monastery pealed out its soft melodious chimes by way of prelude and then struck twelve. The great courtyard of the monastery stretched out at the foot of the Holy Mountains on the banks …

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The Murder by Anton Chekhov

The evening service was being celebrated at Progonnaya Station. Before the great ikon, painted in glaring colours on a background of gold, stood the crowd of railway servants with their wives and children, and also of the timbermen and sawyers who worked close to the railway line. All stood in silence, fascinated by the glare …

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A Nightmare by Anton Chekhov

Kunin, a young man of thirty, who was a permanent member of the Rural Board, on returning from Petersburg to his district, Borisovo, immediately sent a mounted messenger to Sinkino, for the priest there, Father Yakov Smirnov. Five hours later Father Yakov appeared. “Very glad to make your acquaintance,” said Kunin, meeting him in the …

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Easter Eve by Anton Chekhov

I was standing on the bank of the River Goltva, waiting for the ferry-boat from the other side. At ordinary times the Goltva is a humble stream of moderate size, silent and pensive, gently glimmering from behind thick reeds; but now a regular lake lay stretched out before me. The waters of spring, running riot, …

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The Bishop by Anton Chekhov

The evening service was being celebrated on the eve of Palm Sunday in the Old Petrovsky Convent. When they began distributing the palm it was close upon ten o’clock, the candles were burning dimly, the wicks wanted snuffing; it was all in a sort of mist. In the twilight of the church the crowd seemed …

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A Pink Stocking by Anton Chekhov

A dull, rainy day. The sky is completely covered with heavy clouds, and there is no prospect of the rain ceasing. Outside sleet, puddles, and drenched jackdaws. Indoors it is half dark, and so cold that one wants the stove heated. Pavel Petrovitch Somov is pacing up and down his study, grumbling at the weather. …

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A Blunder by Anton Chekhov

Ilya Sergeitch Peplov and his wife Kleopatra Petrovna were standing at the door, listening greedily. On the other side in the little drawing-room a love scene was apparently taking place between two persons: their daughter Natashenka and a teacher of the district school, called Shchupkin. “He’s rising!” whispered Peplov, quivering with impatience and rubbing his …

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