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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Sakhalin Island by Anton Chekhov. Sakhalin Island by Anton Chekhov. Inthe year-old Chekhov, already knowing that he was ill with tuberculosis, undertook an arduous week journey from Moscow across Siberia to the penal colony on the island chwkhov Sakhalin.
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 Islan.
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’s notes, extracts from Chekhov’s letters to relatives and associates, and photographs. 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.
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Lists with This Book. It is while reading the volume 1 of 1Q84 of Haruki Murakami that I wanted to read this book, indeed Murakami inserts some pages of the story of Chekhov in his novel.
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When Anton Chekhov went to the island in the s, he left without authorization but as soon as he arrived on the island, he obtained permission to visit what he wanted. He will share for a few months the lives of all the people who live on the island, both representatives of authority and those sentenced. He will be able to visit eve It is while reading the volume 1 of 1Q84 of Haruki Murakami that I wanted to read this book, indeed Murakami inserts some pages of the story of Chekhov in his novel.
He will be able to visit even “the prison of the recidivists”he will even attend a punishment which he will find very barbarous, the application of the shots of the rods the whip. He will soon realize that certain sentences are arbitrary, depend on the humanity of the guards, some of them try to soften a little life on the island, others resort to force, humiliation and are evidence of sadism. Anton Chekhovwho’s a doctor, will give a minute account of the sanitary conditions of the island, where mass prostitution, alcoholism; tuberculosis He will draw up an implacable indictment of the methods of repression employed, methods which do not permit any amendment, on the contrary.
I particularly appreciated the pages concerning the indigenous populations: Ghiniaks and Ainis, peaceful peoples, better adapted to the climatic conditions, who eat almost exclusively whales and who never washed themselves!
The author shows us a micro society with the prisoners who are presented better than others, those who trade in alcohol and cigarettes, he shows us the too great distance from Moscow where are discussed some sentences without any knowledge of the field, initiatives full of good will that miss their goal antom the harvests of clothes and toys made in Moscow by charitable works that do not arrive in the right place.
The climate of the island itself is antonn punishment per se. In the very short summer, the temperatures do not exceed 15 degrees, otherwise the rest of the year temperatures can reach – 40, which makes working conditions even more inhuman. The author will say that he will never be the same again when he comes back from Sakhalin. It is a reading sometimes tedious, repetitive but islan remains a magnificent work of memory.
Odd book in that Chekhov’s style and concerns don’t seem to marry up with the rest of his writing. I’m not aware of his having made any use of the Sakhalin material in any of his short stories for example. Interestingly you get a sense of Chekhov’s professional interests as a medical Doctor.
He collects statistics on health and mortality as he travels round the island. This book is one of those roads not taken, if one may describe chskhov travel book in such a counter intuitive way, but his short ficti Odd book in that Chekhov’s style and concerns don’t seem to antom up with the rest of his writing.
This book is one of those roads not taken, if one may describe a travel book in such a counter intuitive way, but his short fiction is alive with social details in a way that this longer book with its statistics is not. The human mind is alive to stories, “In the Ravine” or “My Life” plainly come from the same pen – all that has changed is the means of expression.
At the time of Chekhov’s visit Sakhalin was used as a penal colony, something like a Russian version of Australia. Prisoners became colonists on completion of their sentences. Chekhov leaves us with a distinct impression of the differences between the northern and southern parts of the island, however within a few years Russia was to cede the slightly friendlier view spoiler [ from the point of view of the climate allowing some agriculture hide spoiler ] Southern Sakhalin to the Japanese as part of the peace agreement following on from the Russo-Japanese War by which time Chekhov himself was dead.
View all 12 comments. Um dia apenas, mas que seja meu! Entro de novo na sala, volto a sair O inspector continua a contar. Talvez, em algum lugar da estepe ou da floresta russa, junto a uma fogueira, um velho carroceiro levado pelo aborrecimento conte os crimes de um bandido da sua aldeia.
View all 11 comments. Sep 27, Pavel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Every great writer has some sort of cliche with which public stigmatize her or him. Tolstoy or Proust are too long, Dostoevsky is too gloomy.
Chekhov also has one: Impressionistic, water-color poetic writer. None of those cliches are true, but Chekhov’s one is especially wrong. It is even wrong for his latest short stories, where indeed there is a lot of poetry, but still strong plot and concrete, taken-from-life characters are the main literary tool, never mind his early humor Every great writer has some sort of cliche with which public stigmatize her or him.
It is even wrong for his latest short stories, where indeed there is a lot of poetry, but still strong plot and concrete, taken-from-life characters are the main literary tool, never mind his early humorous short stories and comic sketches for the scene. But this book, Sakhalin Island is the loudest answer to this accusation. Chekhov spent three months on Sakhalin Island, interviewing convicts and settlers for a census it was a katorga island, a penal colony back then.
This census thing gave Chekov right to enter each house, each cell block and speak with each settler or a convict he wanted to. He spent half a year to get there train, sea, horsesearned tuberculosis on this way and went out with the most horrifying, detailed testimony to what was happening there. Floggings, hunger, vigilanteism, forced prostitution, child prostitution, mass murders of indigenous communities were described correctly, somewhat microscopically I would say and heartbreakingly.
What Chekhov achieved in Sakhalin Island was perceived as a work of social science, not literature, back when it was written. And indeed it contains a lot of statistics and demographic research numbers and extracts from documents.
Chekhov has changed after this trip and this book. He never wrote short funny stories again and all his great plays except Ivanov were written after that. What he saw there and what he described in this book angered him and clearly haunted to the end of his days. View all 4 comments.
Oct 30, Sherry rated it really liked it Shelves: This book by Anton Chekhov is essentially a report he writes for the government describing life on the exile Island of Sakhalin off the east coast of Russia, just above japan. I was thoroughly engaged by this book even though it was slow going — as slow going as the marshy, cold, wet atmosphere of Sakhalin. I give it 4 stars because I learned something and it’s an important book.
However it is only for Chekhov fans who are hungry to learn more about this man. It would not be entertaining for th This book by Anton Chekhov is essentially a report he writes for the government describing life on the exile Sakhalij of Sakhalin off the east coast of Russia, sakhhalin above japan. It would not be entertaining for the recreational reader. While I was reading it and simultaneously researching it on the internet, I came across a blogger who seemed almost angry at Chekhov because he takes this trip into country that is dangerous to his health and thereby shortens his life, depriving us of more of his genius.
He further states that it does not even give inspiration to his four major plays that come after.
I see so much reflection in his political understanding of human nature that is touched on in all four of the major plays. He tells of how the exiles while away their lives with cards, like addicts, while they ignore the work that needs to be done to better sakhaln lives. In Act IV of Seagull, four people jovially play at siland while a young man kills himself in the next room.
Luogo di deportazione, di colonizzazione e di insediamento di piccole etnie locali. Nessuno sta bene, neppure chi sta meglio. View all 5 comments. Jun 30, Srdjan rated it liked it. Jan 28, Gracia rated it really liked it. Sakhalin Island is beautifully restrained and unsentimental. 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.
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’s notes, extracts from Chekhov’s letters to relatives and associates, and photograph.
Feb 07, Chris Mcmanaman rated it it was ok Shelves: This sakhlain a first hand account of life in a penal colony. It shows cjekhov penal colonies were a form of globalization. It shows that wow Jun 07, latner3 rated it really liked it. Insightful, fascinating ,harrowing, and terribly sad. An account of life in a Siberian penal colony. Written in by one of the greats. Apr 04, Michael Ward rated it it was amazing. Chekhov’s journey to Sakhalin Island was a really interesting book showing how different life was in those days.
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.