Uncle Vanya (Student Editions) (Paperback)

Uncle Vanya (Student Editions) By Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, Michael Frayn (Translator), Nick Worrall (Commentaries by) Cover Image
By Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, Michael Frayn (Translator), Nick Worrall (Commentaries by)
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A masterpiece of Russian drama, now in a student edition

Along with Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya is credited as one of Chekhov's masterpieces and a significant precursor of modern drama. Set on a country estate in late nineteenth century Russia, Uncle Vanya is in part a study of the enervation of Russian middle-class provincial life. The major dynamics between the characters themselves are centred on two obsessive love affairs that lead nowhere and a flirtation that brings disaster. Mixing the tragic and the absurd and dealing with a form that allows for ambiguity and contradiction, Uncle Vanya has been deemed "the first modernist play". (David Lan)

"It is the element of might-have-been in Chekhov's characters that makes their sense of waste so tragic ... I know of no more moving climax in world drama." Guardian

Definitive translation by acclaimed playwright Michael Frayn

Methuen Student Editions are expertly annotated texts of a wide range of plays. Contains the complete text of the play, the volume contains a chronology of the playwright's life and work; an introduction giving the background to the play; a discussion of various interpretations; and notes on individual words and phrases in the text

Product Details
ISBN: 9780413774712
ISBN-10: 0413774716
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: September 1st, 2005
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: Student Editions