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Ward No. 6 and Other Stories, 1892-1895 : Penguin Classics - Anton Chekhov

Ward No. 6 and Other Stories, 1892-1895

Penguin Classics


Published: July 2002
For Ages: 18+ years old
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These stories from the middle period of Chekhov's career show him exploring complex, ambiguous and often extreme emotions. Influenced by his own experiences as a doctor, 'Ward No.6', set in a mental hospital, is a savage indictment of the medical profession. 'The Black Monk', portraying and academic who has strange hallucinations, explores ideas of genius and insanity; in 'Murder', religious fervour leads to violence; while in 'The Student', Chekhov's favourite story, a young man recounts a tale from the gospels and undergoes a spiritual epiphany. In all the stories collected here, Chekhov's characters face madness, alienation and frustration before they experience brief, ephemeral moments of insight, often earned a great cost, where they confront the reality of their existence.

This is the second in three chronological volumes of Chekhov's short stories in Penguin Classics. Ronald Wilk's lucid translation is accompanied by an introduction discussing the increasingly experimental style of Chekhov's writing during this time.

About the Author

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian physician and writer of short stories and plays, including the masterpieces: 'Uncle Vanya', 'The Seagull', and 'The Cherry Orchard'.

Further reading
Note on text
The Grasshopperp. 3
Ward No. 6p. 30
Ariadnap. 86
The Black Monkp. 112
Murderp. 144
A Woman's Kingdomp. 174
The Two Volodyasp. 214
Three Yearsp. 226
The Studentp. 315
Publishing history and notesp. 319
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ISBN: 9780140447866
ISBN-10: 0140447865
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: July 2002
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1