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L'Île de Sakhaline by Anton Chekhov

By Anton Chekhov

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Amazon quote: In 1890, the 30-year-old Chekhov, already understanding that he used to be in poor health with tuberculosis, undertook an hard 11-week trip from Moscow throughout Siberia to the penal colony at the island of Sakhalin. Now accumulated the following in a single quantity are the absolutely annotated translations of his impressions of his journey via Siberia, and the account of his three-month sojourn on Sakhalin Island, including author's notes, extracts from Chekhov's letters to family and colleagues, and images. hugely worthwhile either as a close depiction of the Tsarist procedure of penal servitude and as an perception into Chekhov's motivations and targets for vacationing the colony and writing the disclose, Sakhalin Island is a haunting paintings of large value which had a big impact either on Chekhov's next paintings and on Russian society.

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J'accepte et nous passons dans sa maison. L'installation en est confortable: meubles viennois, fleurs, Ariston 1 d'Amérique et fauteuil à bascule recourbé où L. se berce après déjeuner. Outre la maîtresse de maison, je trouve quatre autres convives: des fonctionnaires. L'un d'eux, un vieillard à la moustache rasée et aux favoris blancs qui ressemble à Ibsen, l'auteur de théâtre, est le médecin en second de l'hôpital militaire, un autre, également un vieillard, s'est présenté comme officier de l'état-major de la division cosaque d'Orenbourg.

Et voilà qu'en vérité, à notre droite, venant d'une bande de sable où s'est blotti un village ghiliak, juste au moment où nous allons virer vers le Liman, se hâtent vers nous deux barques chargées de personnages étranges qui braillent quelque chose dans une langue inconnue et agitent je ne sais quoi à bout de bras. Il est difficile de reconnaître ce que c'est, mais lorsqu'ils approchent, je discerne des oiseaux gris. «Ce sont des oies qu'ils ont tirées à la chasse et qu'ils veulent nous vendre», nous explique quelqu'un.

Mes bagages sont sur le quai, je déambule le long du rivage sans savoir où me fourrer. Le Baïkal a mouillé à deux ou trois verstes au large, en pleine vue de la ville; c'est lui qui doit m'emmener dans la Manche de Tartarie, mais on dit qu'il ne part que dans quatre ou cinq jours, pas avant, malgré le pavillon de partance qui flotte déjà à son mât. Et si je m'y installais tout de suite? Non, c'est gênant, on ne me laissera pas faire, on me dira que c'est trop tôt. Le vent se lève, l'Amour devient sombre, s'agite comme la mer.

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