Kashtanka by Anton Chekhov

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Based on a new translation and adapted especially for young readers, Kashtanka is an enchanting introduction to the work of one of the world’s foremost authors. Gennady Spirin’s award-winning illustrations bring new life to this adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s charming adventure. “Altogether, this is a beautifully rendered, thoroughly appealing title and another feather in Spirin’s already crowded cap.”--School Library Journal
 

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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in the provincial town of Taganrog, Ukraine, in 1860. In the mid-1880s, Chekhov became a physician, and shortly thereafter he began to write short stories. Chekhov started writing plays a few years later, mainly short comic sketches he called vaudvilles. The first collection of his humorous writings, Motley Stories, appeared in 1886, and his first play, Ivanov, was produced in Moscow the next year. In 1896, the Alexandrinsky Theater in St. Petersburg performed his first full- length drama, The Seagull. Some of Chekhov's most successful plays include The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya, and Three Sisters. Chekhov brought believable but complex personalizations to his characters, while exploring the conflict between the landed gentry and the oppressed peasant classes. Chekhov voiced a need for serious, even revolutionary, action, and the social stresses he described prefigured the Communist Revolution in Russia by twenty years. He is considered one of Russia's greatest playwrights. Chekhov contracted tuberculosis in 1884, and was certain he would die an early death. In 1901, he married Olga Knipper, an actress who had played leading roles in several of his plays. Chekhov died in 1904, spending his final years in Yalta. GENNADY SPIRIN has illustrated numerous books, which have been published in both his native Europe and the United States. He lives in New Jersey. No Bio
 
Published January 1, 1959 by Oxford Univ Pr. 50 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The clown gives her a new name and trains her, but during her first circus performance, Kashtanka hears her old name called, sees her former owner in the balcony, and runs back to her old life.

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After the little dog Kashtanka is separated from her master, who spends the day wandering from customer to tavern to relative, she is taken in by a man who feeds her better than her master ever did and begins to train her: he's a clown whose act already includes a boar, a cat, and a goose.

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Kashtanka's new life is presented as an almost surreally solemn carnival whereas her old life, wrapped in misty snow and woodshavings, has the ethereal quality of a dream.

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