In 1890, the 30-year-old Chekhov, already knowing that he was ill with tuberculosis, undertook an arduous 11-week journey from Moscow across Siberia to the penal colony on the island of Sakhalin. Now collected here in one volume are the fully annotated translations of his impressions of his trip through Siberia, and the account of his three-month sojourn on Sakhalin Island, together with author's notes, extracts from Chekhov's letters to relatives and associates, and photographs. Highly valuable both as a detailed depiction of the Tsarist system of penal servitude and as an insight into Chekhov's motivations and objectives for visiting the colony and writing the expose, Sakhalin Island is a haunting work of tremendous importance which had a huge impact both on Chekhov's subsequent work and on Russian society.
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Anton Chekhov is one of the giants of modern literature, exerting a strong influence on many present-day novelists and dramatists. As a playwright, he ranks in popularity second only to Shakespeare in the English-speaking world. As a prose writer, he was one of the first to use the stream-of-consciousness technique, and his anti-heroic realism, full of ambiguity and allusion, provides no easy moral conclusions and results in a new kind of narrative approaching real life in a way no writer had achieved before him.Review:
"The tension that arises between Chekhov's lyrical and naturalistic impulses generates a narrative that is always compelling." —The Independent
"Sakhalin Island will never eclipse The Cherry Orchard. But it is every bit as impressive a masterpiece." —The Times Literary Supplement
"As a work of literature, Sakhalin Island is a masterpiece of restrained, dignified, unsentimental prose . . . Yet the overall impact is haunting." —The Observer
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Descripción Oneworld Classics, 2007. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P111847490034
Descripción Oneworld Classics, 2007. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New!. Nº de ref. de la librería VIB1847490034