The reputation of Anton Chekhov as one of the greatest precursors of modern drama rests largely on these four masterpieces.
This volume includes The Seagull, a tale about the battle for power between a mother and her son that ends in tragedy; Uncle Vanya tells of two obsessive love affairs that lead nowhere, and a flirtation that brings disaster; Three Sisters, in which three siblings wrestle with their futures; and The Cherry Orchard, where the old must inevitably give way to the new.
Haunting and elusive, these four masterpieces have found in Michael Frayn a translator who perfectly captures their delicate balance of the tragic and the absurd. The volume also contains four of Chekhov's early short "vaudevilles" as well as a substantial introduction by Michael Frayn.
"The critical clamour for a Complete Chekhov in ... Frayn's translation has borne fruit."—Sunday Times
The Seagull; Uncle Vanya; Three Sisters; The Cherry Orchard