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widely regarded as one of the greatest short story authors, Anton Chekhov depicts Russian everyday life as it existed, not as he wanted it to be. Constructing his stories where action and drama are implied rather than openly described, Checkhov leaves much to the reader's imagination and throughout displays compassion for human suffering and misfortune. Nonetheless, he is always able to see the comical, even farcical aspects of the human condition and as a result writes with humor, insight, and honesty.
This Signet Classic presents twenty Chekhov stories, including twelve of his early tales which make their first appearance in English in this paperback collection.