Uncle Vanya

Anton Chekhov

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Uncle Vanya is a play written by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, first published in 1897. The plot revolves around a group of characters living on a rural estate in 19th century Russia. The main character, Uncle Vanya, is a middle-aged man who has spent his life managing the estate and supporting his brother-in-law, Professor Serebryakov, a renowned but pompous academic. The tensions rise when Professor Serebryakov and his young wife, Yelena, come to stay at the estate, disrupting the quiet lives of the other residents. Uncle Vanya, who has harbored feelings for Yelena, becomes increasingly disillusioned and resentful as he realizes that his sacrifices for the Professor's career have been in vain. The play explores themes of unrequited love, disillusionment, and the search for meaning in life. It culminates in a dramatic confrontation between the characters, where long-held grievances are aired and the harsh realities of their existence are laid bare.

Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World set.

This book has 16,507 words, 34 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1897. This translation by Marian Fell was published in 1912.

Production notes: This ebook of Uncle Vanya was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 5th February 2024. The artwork used for the cover is 'Portrait of Mykola Murashko' by Ilya Repin.

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