Subtly Worded and Other Stories

9781782277309

Subtly Worded and Other Stories

  • ISBN 13:

    9781782277309

  • ISBN 10:

    1782277307

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 06/01/2021
  • Publisher: Pushkin Press

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Summary

A selection of the finest stories by this female Chekhov, now available in a striking new Pushkin Blues format.

Teffi's genius with the short form made her a literary star in pre-revolutionary Russia, beloved by Tsar Nicholas II and Vladimir Lenin alike. These stories, taken from the whole of her career, show the full range of her gifts. Extremely funny-a wry, scathing observer of society-she is also capable, as capable even as Chekhov, of miraculous subtlety and depth of character.

There are stories here from her own life (as a child, going to meet Tolstoy to plead for the life of War and Peace's Prince Bolkonsky, or, much later, her strange, charged meetings with the already-legendary Rasputin). There are stories of émigré society, its members held together by mutual repulsion. There are stories of people misunderstanding each other or misrepresenting themselves. And throughout there is a sly, sardonic wit and a deep, compelling intelligence.

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