Sakhalin Island has ratings and 42 reviews. Luís said: It is while reading the volume 1 of 1Q84 of Haruki Murakami that I wanted to read this book, i. Sakhalin Island (Oneworld Classics) [Anton Chekhov] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In , the year-old Chekhov, already. Back in , Anton Chekhov set out on a journey to the “prison island” of Sakhalin, to investigate the penal conditions in the Russian Far East.

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Do yourself a favor and do not read the description of the punishment meted out to the prisoner who tried to escape which is described at the end of the book.

The main narrative starts strong but loses steam quickly when he begins taking an informal census of all the towns on the island.

The Isladn The best work of journalism written in the nineteenth century. Sakhalin Island should be compulsory reading for all those who are anywhere and in any way involved with the so-called penal system. While in the school, he began to publish hundreds of comic short stories to support himself and his mother, sisters and brothers.

There is a lot of raw data in this book, but he was building sakhalib very concise report that, despite official reports to the contrary, Sakhalin was a brutal place and the prisoners lives were very difficult.

The ear soon becomes accustomed to the measured clang of chains, the roar of the surf, and the hum of the telegraph wires, and because of these sounds the impression of dead silence becomes even stronger. I sakhallin thoroughly engaged by this book even though it was slow going — as slow going as the marshy, cold, wet atmosphere of Sakhalin. Chapter 23, which is based on medical records from the three hospitals on Sakhalin, presents a picture of morbidity and mortality among the convicts.


Chekhov also seems to have an abiding dislike of Jews. Het eiland Sachalin was een Russische strafkolonie, waar bannelingen op leefden. Preview — Sakhalin Island by Anton Chekhov.

His works appeared in St. Now collected here in one volume are the fully annotated translations of his impressions of his trip through Siberia, and the account of his three-month sojourn on Sakhalin Island, together with author Sakhalin Island is beautifully restrained and unsentimental.

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Ghiniaks and Ainis, peaceful peoples, better adapted to the climatic conditions, who eat almost exclusively whales and who never washed themselves! Dec 17, LeeAnn Heringer rated it really liked it Shelves: Commentary Chekhov labored for three years on this book, which was more difficult for him to write than were any of his other works.

Sakhalin Island by Anton Chekhov

The description of life in the penal colony on Sakhalin is harrowing and a reminder that while the technology of cruelty has changed, Guantanamo and other sites of torture sakyalin despair remain an important subject for artistic and moral action. Gelukkig heeft Tjechov’s boek ervoor gezorgt dat men de straf tot zweepslagen afschafte en er zijn tehuizen en scholen gebouwd.

What Chekhov achieved in Sakhalin Island was perceived as a work of social science, not literature, back when it was written.

He also taught himself to read and write. Inhe published the book Sakhalin Islandwhich The New Yorker recently named the best work of journalism written in the nineteenth century.


Jan 04, John rated it it was ok Shelves: Chekhov graduated inand practiced medicine until Petersburg daily papers, Peterburskaia gazeta fromand Novoe vremia from At the age of 16, Chekhov became independent and remained for some time alone in his native town, supporting himself through private tutoring.

Highly valuable both as a detailed depiction of the Tsarist system of penal servitude and as an insight into Chekhov’s motivations and objectives for visiting the colony and writing the expose, Sakhalin Island is a haunting work of tremendous importance which had a huge impact both on Chekhov’s subsequent work and on Russian society.

Sakhalin Island

His friendship with Suvorin ended in because of his objections to the anti-Dreyfus campaingn conducted by islanc. Washington Square Press, I instantly gave away the book, I am pretty sure I will never ever get close to it again if God helps me.

The failure of his play The Wood Demon and problems with his novel made Chekhov to withdraw from literature for a period.

Tjechov noemt in dit boek veel feiten, maar deze worden verlevendigd met persoonlijke observaties. Oct 09, Jill Blevins rated it liked it. Het klimaat van Sachalin is verschrikkeli In reisde de toen jarige Tjechov naar het Russische eiland Sachalin.

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