Paul Schmidt's new translations of The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, and other plays bring Chekhov up to date. Schmidt restores the vitality and humor that are lost in most academic translations and makes the plays accessible to a modern American sensibility. He also retains their social context, unlike translations by those who have no experience of Russian language or culture.
New York Review Books
"In the years before the 1917 Russian Revolution, the Stray Dog cabaret in St. Petersburg was the haunt of poets, artists, and musicians, a place to meet, drink, read, brawl, celebrate, and stage performances of all kinds. It has since become a symbol of the extraordinary literary ferment of that time. It was then that Alexander Blok composed his apocalyptic sequence "Twelve"; that the futurists Velimir Khlebnikov and Vladimir Mayakovsky exploded...