An Anonymous Story


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(4.5 stars; 14 reviews)

In "An Anonymous Story," Chekhov continues to explore his favorite themes of superfluous men, ironic rakes, exploited women, and the dangers of social conventions to human happiness. The Anonymous Narrator is a feckless, would-be revolutionary who gets himself hired on as a flunky in the household of the young useless aristocrat Orlov, hoping to spy out some useful information for the Cause. Orlov seduces the beautiful Zinaida Fyodorovna away from her husband but quickly tires of her. The Narrator, another in the long line of Russian literary superfluous men, allows Orlov to use him to deceive Zinaida Fyodorovna, hating himself for it all the while. In the end he does his weak best to rescue the spurned mistress and her newborn child from their sufferings. Chekhov's subtle sympathy for the women victimized by conventional marriage is demonstrated in his narration of Zinaida Fyodorovna's tragic unraveling, ending in a masterful final chapter of heartbreaking ambiguity. (Summary by Expatriate) (2 hr 58 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 10:12 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 02 4:39 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 03 13:46 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 04 11:52 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 05 13:05 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 06 16:03 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 07 7:18 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 08 6:49 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 09 7:38 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 10 11:00 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 11 14:00 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 12 9:04 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 13 6:42 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 14 7:52 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 15 10:09 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 16 3:38 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 17 13:35 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 18 10:49 Read by Expatriate

Reviews

Interesting. A simple, tale with plenty of "Russian" sentiment,.


(5 stars)