Celebrity Chekhov: Stories by Anton Chekhov by Ben Greenman

By Ben Greenman

New Yorker editor and McSweeney's contributor Ben Greenman reshapes Russian literature's such a lot celebrated tales round America's preferred popular culture icons, probing the deep complexities of Anton Chekov (not to say these of Cruise or Kardashian). Thought-provoking and humorous, those wryly re-imagined stories can be sure-fire favorites for each form of reader, even if your favourite escapes are star memoirs like L.A. Candy and The fact approximately Diamonds, re-conceived classics like Wicked, literary parodies like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, or masterpieces of fiction from authors like Tolstoy, Pushkin and Chekhov himself.

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