Chekhov tells us about eternal life and higher objectives of leaned man

Anton Chekhov The Black MonkOnce again Chekhov opens the door into his vast knowledge of human psychology, intellectual and emotional life.  What is the purposes of life? How can we live a life that leaves a meaningful mark and helps us achieve the highest possible objectives?  Chekhov answer some of these questions through lives of his remarkable characters in this story.  And, as always, with such complex subjects other questions arise.

The Black Monk by Anton Chekhov, ISBN: 9781787244719

‘Doctors and kind relations will succeed in stupefying mankind, in making mediocrity pass for genius and in bringing civilisation to ruin.’ Kovrin is a gifted man, well educated. Following advice of his doctor he decides to leave his busy city lifestyle and travels to recover his health in a beautiful family country estate. There he meets this mystical and prophetic Black Monk, a character from an ancient legend, which he thought was nothing more than a hallucination. The Black Monk ignites intellectual stimulation, greatly improves Kovrin’s mental faculties for a while, and engages him in discussions about eternal life, truth, philosophy, and even fame. What the Monk says to him flatters, not his vanity, but his whole soul, his whole being. Kovrin begins to experience moments of greatness with each Black Monk encounter. Then his doctors and kind relations succeed in curing his illness and a terrible accident happens. Read in English, unabridged.

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Anton Chekhov, a Russian writer, playwright and physician, considered to be one of the greatest short story writers in the history of world literature. His career as a dramatist produced all-time classics The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and Cherry Orchard. His short stories are held in high esteem by writers, critics and audiences of all generations. Chekhov practised as a doctor throughout most of his literary career.’Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress’, he once said.

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