A beautiful young girl
marries an elderly farm manager, not realizing until it is too late that her
charms could have taken her much higher.
The local investigating magistrate and the Count, a wealthy but
debauched aristocrat, engage in an edgy friendship of sorts based on strong
drink and loose women. Someone dies
during a shooting party at the Count’s palatial estate. Now suspicion focuses everywhere.
A story of concealed love and fatal jealousy wrapped into a classic murder mystery
When a young woman dies during a shooting party at the country estate of a dissolute count, a magistrate is called to investigate. But suspicion descends upon virtually everyone, for, as we soon learn, the victim was at the center of a tangled web of relationships with her elderly husband, with the lecherous count, and with the magistrate himself. One of Anton Chekhov's earliest experiments in fiction, The Shooting Party prefigures the mature style he would develop in his magnificent stories and plays.
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About the Author
Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian physician and writer of short stories and plays, including the masterpieces: 'Uncle Vanya', 'The Seagull', and 'The Cherry Orchard'.
Ronald Wilks has translated many Russian works of literature including, for Penguin, those of Gorky, Sologub, Tolstoy, Pushkin, and Chekhov.
John Sutherland is Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London and wrote the introduction to Chekhov’s The Shooting Party for Penguin Classics.