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Swan Song

Swan Song by Anton Chekhov
By: (1860-1904)

In 'The Swan Song' an aging actor reminisces about his life and the parts he's played. The piece takes a tragic look at ambition and the sacrifices that must be made in order to succeed. Chekhov’s ability to capture and explore human nature and experience is showcased here.

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by Anton Checkov

Plays By Anton Tchekoff

Translated From The Russian, With An Introduction By Marian Fell

CONTENTS Introduction Chronological List of Works The Swan Song



THE last years of the nineteenth century were for Russia tinged with doubt and gloom. The high tide of vitality that had risen during the Turkish war ebbed in the early eighties, leaving behind it a dead level of apathy which lasted until life was again quickened by the high interests of the Revolution. During these grey years the lonely country and stagnant provincial towns of Russia buried a peasantry which was enslaved by want and toil, and an educated upper class which was enslaved by idleness and tedium. Most of the "Intellectuals," with no outlet for their energies, were content to forget their ennui in vodka and card playing; only the more idealistic gasped for air in the stifling atmosphere, crying out in despair against life as they saw it, and looking forward with a pathetic hope to happiness for humanity in "two or three hundred years... Continue reading book >>

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