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Short Stories by Anton Chekhov: About Truth, Freedom, Happiness, and Love

Short Stories by Anton Chekhov: About Truth, Freedom, Happiness, and Love

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A timeless observation of the human condition from one of the best story writers in the history of world literature. Chekhov s characteristic mix of humour and poignancy united by the themes of truth, freedom, happiness and love in the 14 story collection presented in this book. Chekhov himself described his work as comic satire: "All I wanted was to say honestly to people: 'Have a look at yourselves and see how bad and dreary your lives are!' The important thing is that people should realize that, for when they do, they will most certainly create another and better life for themselves. I will not live to see it, but I know that it will be quite different, quite unlike our present life. "Happiness does not exist and should not exist. And if there is purpose in life, this purpose should not be our personal happiness, it should be about something more intelligent, something more divine", commented Leo Tolstoy after reading Chekhov s trilogy included in this book. Where does love come from? How far questions of personal happiness are of consequence in love? Each story in this collection brings us close Chekhov's vision and understanding of complex human relationships. Chekhov's own relationship with Miss Avilova formed the basis for his story About Love. Miss Avilova compared Chekhov with 'busy bee who flies about and is happy to collect honey from just about anything on its way' upon publication of this story and Chekhov quickly responded to Miss Avilova, 'You are being unkind towards your busy bee. The bee first sees bright beautiful flowers and only then collects honey from them'. Contents 01 A Tragic Actor 02 In A Strange Land 03 Oh! The Public 04 The Looking Glass 05 Her Husband 06 Talent 07 Anyuta 08 The Helpmate 09 Ivan Matveyich 10 Polinka 11 Overdoing It 12 About Truth 13 About Freedom 14 About Love