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Friday, January 29, 2016
On this day in 1860, Anton Chekhov was born in Taganrog, southern Russia.
In honor of his birthday, today, on our Twitter feed (as well as one we have called DailyChekhov), we'll be sharing a trenchant quote by Anton Pavlovich every day at 9:05 Eastern time (like the one for this coming Sunday: "A nice man would feel ashamed even before a dog."). Subscribe to the Twitter feed, or just pop over to our site and you can read the latest quotes on our Twitter stream.
Meanwhile, we share a few Chekhovian items from our archives.
You think planting a flag on a piece of land makes you own it? Think again! With Sakhalin, it was just one step in the long back-and-forth between Russia and Japan.
In honor of Maslenitsa, we offer this great story/essay by Chekhov on bliny: "Did you know that bliny have been around for over a thousand years, since what is known as the old Slavonic ab ovo...? They appeared on earth before Russian history began and have lived through it all from the beginning to the last page, without any doubt, invented, like the samovar, by Russian minds...."
Complete texts, in English, of several Chekhov short stories.