Anton Chekhov’s The Duel
Laevsky is a dissipated romantic given to gambling and flirtation. He has run off to the sea with another man’s wife and quickly grown tired of her, but two obstacles block his route to escape: he is broke, and he faces the absolute enmity of Von Koren, an arrogant zoologist and former friend who can no longer tolerate Laevsky’s irresponsibility. Soon Laevsky confronts Von Koren, accusing him of meddling in his affairs, but Von Koren maneuvers a criticism Laevsky makes of their mutual friend, Dr. Samoylenko, into a challenge to a duel.
Anton Chekhov, a Russian writer, playwright and physician, considered to be one of the greatest short story writers in the history of world literature. His career as a dramatist produced all-time classics The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and Cherry Orchard. His short stories are held in high esteem by writers, critics and audiences of all generations. Chekhov practised as a doctor throughout most of his literary career.’Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress’, he once said.
Anton Chekhov’s The Duel by Anton Chekhov, ISBN: 9781910833216, Sovereign, 120 pp Download Ebook from Kobo