Russian literature

Anton Chekhov – The Lady with the Dog (Chapter 4)

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This is the last part of Anton Chekhov’s story ‘The Lady with the Dog‘. We hope you enjoyed all the previous parts and will find this last one even more enjoyable.

The full transcript, complete translation in English and audio recording are available for free. We recommend you to listen to the audio as many times as you need until the words sound natural.

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Anton Chekhov – The Lady with the Dog (Chapter 3, Part 2)

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Yalta, where the story “The Lady with the dog” takes place, was a fashionable resort for the Russian aristocracy and gentry in the 19th century. Anton Chekhov in 1898 bought a house (the White Dacha) here, where he lived till 1902. It is now his museum. On the embankment of Lenin in Yalta a sculptural composition based on the story The Lady with the the Dog is set.

Let’s continue reading this work today. This is the second part of the third chapter of the story ‘The Lady with the Dog‘.

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Anton Chekhov – The Lady with the Dog (Chapter 3, Part 1)

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Today we continue reading the story of Anton Chekhov “The lady with the dog”. It is the first part of third chapter of this charming story.

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Anton Chekhov – The Lady with the Dog (Chapter 2, Part 2)

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Always modest, Chekhov could hardly have imagined the extent of his posthumous reputation. The ovations for The Cherry Orchard in the year of his death showed him how high he had risen in the affection of the Russian public – by then he was second in literary celebrity only to Tolstoy, who outlived him by six years – but after his death, Chekhov’s fame soon spread further afield.

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Anton Chekhov – The Lady with the Dog (Chapter 2, Part 1)

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Anton Chekhov was born in 1860 in Taganrog. He is considered to be one of the greatest short-story writers in the history of world literature; over 26 years of the creative work he wrote about 900 different works. Throughout most of his literary career Chekhov practiced as a doctor: “Medicine is my lawful wife”, he once said, “and literature is my mistress.”

Today we are reading the second chapter of his short story “The Lady with the Dog”. We divided this chapter into two parts. Study the lesson →

Anton Chekhov – The Lady with the Dog (Chapter 1)

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…Dmitri Gurov is a Moscow banker, married with a daughter and two sons. Unhappy in his marriage, he is frequently unfaithful, and considers women to be of “an inferior breed”. While vacationing in Yalta, he sees a young lady walking along the seafront with her small dog, and endeavors to make her acquaintance…

Today we are reading a short story by Anton Chekhov “The Lady with the Dog”, what was firstly published in 1899. Originally the story is in four chapters and not very long, so we are going to put it on our pages in the whole. In the next few publications you’ll see the continuation. Now, the first chapter…

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Boris Akunin – The Turkish Gambit [Борис Акунин – Турецкий Гамбит]

Турецкий Гамбит

Under the pseudonym Boris Akunin, Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili has written many works of fiction, mainly novels and stories. His specialty is historical mysteries set in Imperial Russia. As Boris Akunin, Chkhartishvili has been called the “undisputed champion” of Russian crime fiction.

Today we are reading the part of his novel “The Turkish Gambit” of the series “The Adventures of Erast Fandorin”.

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Ilf and Petrov – The Little Golden Calf [Ильф и Петров – Золотой теленок]

Золотой теленок

In today’s lesson we are reading «The Little Golden Calf», the novel written by Soviet authors Ilf and Petrov, released in 1931. Its main character Ostap Bender, proclaiming himself the «great combinator», tries to deprive millions of an «underground millionaire», Alexandr Koreiko.

Below is the very beginning of this enthralling novel.

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Boris Pasternak – Doctor Zhivago [Борис Пастернак – Доктор Живаго]

Доктор Живаго

Doctor Zhivago is a 20th century novel by Boris Pasternak, first published in 1957. The novel is named after its protagonist, Yuri Zhivago, a medical doctor and poet. It tells the story of a man torn between two women, set primarily against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the subsequent Russian Civil War of 1918–1921. More broadly, the novel discusses the plight of a man as the life that he has always known is dramatically torn apart by forces beyond his control.

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Fedor Dostoevsky – The Idiot [Федор Достоевский – Идиот]

Идиот

27-year-old Prince Lev Nikolayevich Myshkin returns to Russia after spending several years at a Swiss sanatorium. Scorned by the society of St. Petersburgh for his Idiocy as being too generous and innocent, he finds himself at the center of a struggle between a rich, kept woman and a gorgeous, virtuous girl who both wish to win his affection. Unfortunately, Myshkin’s very goodness seems to bring disaster to all he meets, leading to a climax that tragically reveals how, in a world obsessed with money, power, and sexual conquest, a sanatorium is the only place for a saint…

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