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The Duel

The Duel

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Written by Anton ChekhovAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Anton Chekhov
Translated by Constance GarnettAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Constance Garnett
Introduction by Aleksandar HemonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Aleksandar Hemon

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
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  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • On Sale: October 14, 2003
  • Price: $12.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8129-7008-1 (0-8129-7008-X)
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First published in 1891, this morality tale pits a scientist, a government worker, his mistress, a deacon, and a physician against one another in a verbal battle of wits and ethics that explodes into a violent contest: the duel. When Laevsky, a lazy youth who works for the government, tires of his dependent mistress, Nadyezhda Fyodorovna, Von Koren, the scientist, delivers a scathing critique of Loevsky’s egotism, forcing the young man to examine his soul. The Duel is a tale of human weakness, the possibility of forgiveness, and a man’s ultimate ability to change his ways. It is classic Chekhov, revealing the multifaceted essence of human nature.

“Chekhov’s art . . . is dedicated to explicit and definitive portraiture and the muscular trajectory of whole lives.”—Cynthia Ozick