By Robert Chandler, Teffi, Anne Marie Jackson, Clare Kitson, Natalia Wase
A choice of the best tales by means of this feminine Chekhov
Teffi's genius with the quick shape made her a literary superstar in pre-revolutionary Russia, loved via Tsar Nicholas II and Vladimir Lenin alike. those tales, taken from the complete of her profession, exhibit the entire variety of her presents. tremendous humorous - a wry, scathing observer of society - she is usually able, as able whilst Chekhov, of impressive subtlety and intensity of character.
There are tales right here from her personal existence (as a toddler, going to fulfill Tolstoy to plead for the lifetime of warfare and Peace's Prince Bolkonsky, or, a lot later, her unusual, charged conferences with the already-legendary Rasputin). There are tales of émigré society, its individuals held jointly via mutual repulsion. There are tales of individuals false impression one another or misrepresenting themselves. And all through there's a sly, sardonic wit and a deep, compelling intelligence.
Teffiwas a phenomenally well known author in pre-revolutionary Russia - a favorite of Tsar Nicholas II and Vladimir Lenin alike. She used to be born in 1872 right into a widespread St Petersburg kinfolk and emigrated from Bolshevik Russia in 1919. She finally settled in Paris, the place she grew to become a major determine within the émigré literary scene, and the place she lived till her demise in 1952. A grasp of the quick shape, in her lifetime Teffi released numerous tales, performs and feuilletons. After her demise, she was once progressively forgotten, however the cave in of the Soviet Union led to her rediscovery via Russian readers. Now, approximately a century after her emigration, she once more enjoys severe acclaim and a large readership in her motherland.
Translated by way of Robert Chandler, Anne Marie Jackson, Clare Kitson, and Natalia Wase.