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Nine of Chekhov's most powerful and thought-provoking short stories are included here, in the original Russian and in a facing English translation, together with all the vocabulary notes and reference tables you need to make sense of Chekhov's original texts. Designed to help students of Russian begin to enjoy real Russian literature in the original without constantly reaching for a dictionary, this parallel-text edition features a new translation made specifically for this purpose, as well as detailed Russian vocabulary notes, including all the important forms you need (especially aspectual pairs and conjugation types for all verbs). The original Russian text is marked for stress, but is otherwise unedited and unsimplified. The short stories included in this volume are: "The Death of a Clerk" (how is a bureaucrat killed by a sneeze?), "The Student" (a moving vignette about both timeless meaning and transient youthful idealism), "A Little Joke" (an innocent joke takes on unimagined proportions - if our narrator is to be believed, that is), "Sleepy" (a servant girl, deprived of sleep, is pushed to the brink of madness), "Rothschild's Fiddle" (a deeply moving tale of intolerance, memory, and reconciliation through music), "Anna Round the Neck" (a young woman is forced to marry an older man for his money - but will she turn the tables?), "Gusyev" (a peasant soldier and an intellectual, representing starkly different perspectives on life, await death in a steamship sickbay), "The Lady with the Little Dog" (a couple finds love, and all of the anguish that sustaining it often entails), and "Ward No. 6." (a harrowing story of a provincial doctor and his patients; this unforgettable work is surely one of the most powerful treatments of madness and medical ethics - indeed, ethics is general - in all of world literature.