ISBN 9780140447330,Plays

Plays

Author:

A. P.

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Chekhov

Publisher:

Penguin Books

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ISBN 9780140447330
Publisher

Penguin Books

Publication Year 2002
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780140447330

ISBN-10 0140447334
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 358 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Fiction

Chekov wrote that 'narrative is my legal wife and drama a flamboyant, rowdy, impudent, exhausting mistress'. As a playwright he was subversive, even revolutionary, breaking away from the prevailing fashions of contemporary theatre to create an exhilarating new form of drama. At a time when the Russian stage was dominated by farces, formulaic melodramas and vaudevilles, Chekhov created plays without heroes and villains, focused instead on the individual grappling with a moral dilemma. In place of the happy ending came ambiguity, in place of dramatic conflict came the solitary quest. He defied his audience's expectations, and the premiere of his first major play, Ivanov (1887), was met with bafflement, rage and scorn. With sensitive explorations of the themes of love, work and time, their complex characters and their blurred boundaries between sorrow and comedy, his plays remain as provocative and subtle today.

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