The Prank
  • 出版社New York Review of Books
  • 出版語言English
  • 出版日期 (格式: 2012/02/28)2015/09/10
  • 尺寸12.7 x 20.1 cm
  • 頁數168頁
  • 裝幀平裝
  • 重量(千克)0.42kg
  • ISBN9781590178362
定價HK$150

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The Prank

書籍介紹
An NYRB Classics Original "The Prank" is Chekhov s own selection of the best of his early work, the first book he put together and the first book he hoped to publish. Assembled in 1882, with illustrations by Nikolay Chekhov, the book was then presented to the censor for approval which was denied. Now, more than a hundred and thirty years later, "The Prank" appears here for the first time in any language. At the start of his twenties, when he was still in medical school, Anton Chekhov was also busily setting himself up as a prolific and popular writer. Appearing in a wide range of periodicals, his shrewd, stinging, funny stories and sketches turned a mocking eye on the mating rituals and money-grubbing habits of the middle classes, the pretensions of aspiring artists and writers, bureaucratic corruption, drunken clowning, provincial ignorance, petty cruelty on Russian life, in short. Chekhov was already developing his distinctive ear for spoken language, its opacities and evasions, the cliches we shelter behind and the cliches that betray us. The lively stories in "The Prank" feature both the themes and the characteristic tone that make Chekhov among the most influential and beloved of modern writers."
作者簡介
"Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Анто́н Па́влович Че́хов; 29 January 1860 – 15 July 1904) was a Russian physician, playwright and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history. His career as a playwright produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Chekhov practiced as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: ""Medicine is my lawful wife"", he once said, ""and literature is my mistress."" Along with Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg, Chekhov is often referred to as one of the three seminal figures in the birth of early modernism in the theater. Chekhov renounced the theatre after the disastrous reception of The Seagull in 1896, but the play was revived to acclaim in 1898 by Constantin Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theatre, which subsequently also produced Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and premiered his last two plays, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. These four works present a challenge to the acting ensemble as well as to audiences, because in place of conventional action Chekhov offers a ""theatre of mood"" and a ""submerged life in the text"". Chekhov had at first written stories only for financial gain, but as his artistic ambition grew, he made formal innovations which have influenced the evolution of the modern short story. He made no apologies for the difficulties this posed to readers, insisting that the role of an artist was to ask questions, not to answer them. "