Out on 05 September 2019

In the Ravine & Other Stories

Translated by Constance Garnett

Anton Chekhov

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05 September 2019
320 pages

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Anton Chekhov was one of the world’s greatest short story writers. This selection ranges from the early stories which reflect Chekhov’s liking for the farcical and absurd to the longer later works which display his confidence and maturity. In the Ravine & Other Stories is edited and introduced by Paul Bailey and using the classic translations by Constance Garnett.

From the Church Warden who’s convinced his wife’s a witch because strangers arrive on the doorstep whenever there’s a storm, to the wronged wife who confronts her husband’s chorus girl lover to the melancholy school teacher who imagines how her life might have been, these stories reflect the breadth and variety of Chekhov’s genius.

Unsurpassed greatness as a teller of stories

James Lasdun - The Guardian

He [Chekhov] is the author of some 600 stories, some of novella length. These comprise titles which are among the supreme achievements in prose narrative and have been reproduced in a host of languages. To use that tired banality, they are 'world classics'

George Steiner - The Observer

These stories are a masterclass in life, in human beings and in fiction

James Marriott - The Times