Where does love come from? How far questions of personal happiness are of consequence in love?
This audio book App features a collection of stories by Anton Chekhov united by the theme of love including: About Love, The Helpmate, Polinka. Chekhov exposes many facets of human love in this collection: romantic love, platonic love, unrequited love, nostalgic love, parental love, adulterous and mysterious love. Read in English (unabridged). The App includes audio player and audio book content.
Each story in this collection brings us close Chekhov's vision and understanding of complex human love 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'.
Stories in this Audio Book:
01 About Love
02 The Helpmate
'Each of the stories is a picture for me. In fact, I liken each of them to a Monet painting in which you can see the individual strokes of the brush if you stand too close, but stepping back you see the whole picture at once and not the bits that created the whole',
Frayda Glass (MA, USA)
'Polinka. In this story, all of Chekhov's greatness is distilled. Tight as a whalebone corset',
Lance Caabrese (CA, USA)
'These stories are excellent examples of Checkov’s style. Superb characterisation and brilliantly observed slices of life',
Alan Moreton (Essex, UK)
About The Author
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov 1860 – 1904, one of Russia's most cherished storyteller, playwright and one of the greatest dramatists of all time. Chekhov himself described his plays 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."
What the Critics Say About Anton Chekhov
His meticulous anatomies of complicated human impulse and response, his view of what's funny and poignant, his clear-eyed observance of life as lived — all somehow matches our experience.
Anton Chekhov's late stories mark a pivotal moment in European fiction — the point where nineteenth-century realist conventions of the short story begin their transformation into the modern form. His psychological insight was profound and dynamic. Joyce may have more exactly captured the texture of human consciousness, but no short story writer has better expressed its often invisible complexities.
About The Music
Antonin Dvorak 1841 – 1904, a Czech composer of Romantic music, who used elements of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia. His works include operas, symphonic, choral and chamber music. His best-known works include his New World Symphony, the Slavonic Dances, "American" String Quartet, and Cello Concerto in B minor. Dvorak’s symphonic poems are among his most original symphonic works. Audio book adaptation of Chekhov's Trilogy about Truth, Freedom and Love produced by Max Bollinger includes music themes based on Dvorak's Slavonic Daces composition.