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The Duel and Other Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)

ISBN13: 9780486426761
ISBN: 0486426769
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $2.5
Publisher: Dover Publications
Published Date:
Edition 1
Pages: 128
Average Goodreads rating: 4.17/5 (34 ratings)

This captivating collection of short stories, selected from works written during Chekhov's prolific period, displays those qualities for which the Russian author and playwright is famous: a natural aptitude for detail, dialogue, humor, and compassion.
The six masterfully executed tales, reprinted here in the authoritative Constance Garnett translation, include "The Darling," a poignant piece supporting the claim that life has no meaning without love; "The Kiss," a fanciful confection recounting an officer's brief encounter with an unknown woman; as well as "Anna on the Neck," "The Man in a Case," "The Malefactor," and the title story.
As noted by author John Barth, "Chekhov is a superb anatomist of the human heart and an utter master of his literary means. The details of scene and behavior, the emotions registered — seldom bravura, typically muted and complex, often as surprising to the characters themselves as to the reader but always right — move, astonish, and delight us line after line, story after story."