ISBN 9780140447866,Ward No 6 & Other Stories 1892-1895

Ward No 6 & Other Stories 1892-1895

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Penguin Books India

Publication Year 2002

ISBN 9780140447866

ISBN-10 0140447865


Number of Pages 176 Pages
Language (English)


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 fervor leads to violence; while in 'The Student', Chekhov's favorite 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.