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The Duel (version 2)

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Known for his plays and short stories, Anton Chekhov also wrote a series of novellas, astonishing for their psychological complexity and compelling human portraiture. In The Duel, the wastrel and libertine Laevsky absconds to the Caucasus with another man's wife, Nadyezhda Fyodorovna. While there, he forms several acquaintanceships with a colorful array of characters: Von Koren the zoologist, Samoylenko the doctor, and Pobyedov the giddy deacon. Before long, both Laevsky and his mistress succeed in offending local society by their dissolute lifestyles, leading to the inevitable insult, challenge, and duel. Duels having been exploited as plot twists throughout the writings of Tolstoy, Turgenev, and Dostoyevsky (all ironically alluded to by the author), the challenge for Chekhov is to make it work one more time in 1891, at a time when duelling had nearly died out in both society and literature. The result is a richly layered, utterly original, philosophically and psychologically ambiguous story of human love and friendship. ( summary by Expatriate) (4 hr 0 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01

18:54

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Chapter 02

11:24

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Chapter 03

15:50

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Chapter 04

10:58

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Chapter 05

13:16

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Chapter 06

16:18

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Chapter 07

5:45

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Chapter 08

4:50

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Chapter 09

13:37

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Chapter 10

14:44

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Chapter 11

12:25

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Chapter 12

10:43

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Chapter 13

5:40

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Chapter 14

6:55

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Chapter 15

16:39

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Chapter 16

13:34

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Chapter 17

11:31

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Chapter 18

9:17

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Chapter 19

12:12

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Chapter 20

5:42

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Chapter 21

10:34

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