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Anton Chekhov wrote the majority of these crime and mystery stories while he was still a young medical student, but his insight into human nature and affinity for the fragility of human interaction were already apparent then. Performed by a superb cast that includes the multiple-award winning narrators Stephen Hoye, Gabrielle de Cuir, and Stefan Rudnicki, as well as the distinct gravelly voice of Harlan Ellison, this collection explores themes of death, guilt, and innocence. The narrators flavor their stories with their own unique style, and each performance, from the theatrical to the minimalist, is wonderful in its own way.

Publisher's Summary

The English-language debut of Anton Chekhov's immortal collection of crime and mystery stories. Considered one of the greatest dramatists of all time, Anton Chekhov began his literary career as a crime and mystery writer. Published in periodicals and literary journals from 1880 - 1890, these early psychological suspense stories provide a fresh look into Chekhov's literary heritage and his formative years as a writer.

In stories like "A Night in the Cemetery," "Night of Horror," and "Murder," not only will Chekhov's dark humor and twisted crimes satisfy even the most hardboiled of mystery fans, but readers will again appreciate the penetrating, absurdist insight into the human condition that only Chekhov can bring. Whether it is the death of a young amateur playwright at the hands of an editor who hates bad writing, or a drunken civil servant who ends up trapped in a graveyard, these stories overflow with the unforgettable characters and unique sensibility that will forever make Chekhov one of the most fascinating figures in literature.

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