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Duel (version 2)

Anton Chekhov

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Known for his plays and short stories, Anton Chekhov also wrote a series of novellas, astonishing for their psychological complexity and compelling human portraiture. In The Duel, the wastrel and libertine Laevsky absconds to the Caucasus with another man's wife, Nadyezhda Fyodorovna. While there, he forms several acquaintanceships with a colorful array of characters: Von Koren the zoologist, Samoylenko the doctor, and Pobyedov the giddy deacon. Before long, both Laevsky and his mistress succeed in offending local society by their dissolute lifestyles, leading to the inevitable insult, challenge, and duel. Duels having been exploited as plot twists throughout the writings of Tolstoy, Turgenev, and Dostoyevsky (all ironically alluded to by the author), the challenge for Chekhov is to make it work one more time in 1891, at a time when duelling had nearly died out in both society and literature. The result is a richly layered, utterly original, philosophically and psychologically ambiguous story of human love and friendship. ( summary by Expatriate)

Language:

English

Narrators:

Expatriate

Length:

4h 1m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

18:55


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

11:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

15:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:19


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:46


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

14:45


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:26


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:44


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

16:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

13:35


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:32


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

10:35