Chekhov's Three Sisters (Critical Studies in Russian Literature) (Paperback)

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Chekhov's penultimate play has inspired a bewildering variety of interpretations since its premi re at the Moscow Arts Theatre on 31 January 1901. Three Sisters has been viewed both as tragedy and as comedy, as a poignant testimony to the eternal yearning for love, happiness, beauty and meaning, and as a devastating indictment of the folly of inert gentility and vacuous day-dreaming. Its characters have been deemed worthy embodiments of the universal 'human condition', keenly experiencing hope, disappointment, frustration, loneliness and the passage of time - or passive products of pre-revolutionary Russian privilege, remnants fit only for the scrap-heap of history. This study analyses the plot, characters and themes of the play, before discussing its reception by Russian and English-language critics, and upon the Russian and British stage.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781853993824
ISBN-10: 1853993824
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: April 1st, 2013
Pages: 128
Language: English
Series: Critical Studies in Russian Literature