Chekhov's Three Sisters

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Bloomsbury Academic, 1995 - Foreign Language Study - 129 pages

Chekhov's penultimate play has inspired a bewildering variety of interpretations since its première at the Moscow Arts Theatre on 31 January 1901. Three Sisters has been viewed both as tragedy and as comedy, as a poignant testimony to the eternal yearning for love, happiness, beauty and meaning, and as a devastating indictment of the folly of inert gentility and vacuous day-dreaming. Its characters have been deemed worthy embodiments of the universal 'human condition', keenly experiencing hope, disappointment, frustration, loneliness and the passage of time - or passive products of pre-revolutionary Russian privilege, remnants fit only for the scrap-heap of history. This study analyses the plot, characters and themes of the play, before discussing its reception by Russian and English-language critics, and upon the Russian and British stage.

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Commentary to Three Sisters
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Literary Criticism
87
Stage Productions
101
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