• Publish Date: 2001-04-16
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Anton Chekhov;Susan Coyne;Laszlo Marton
Scirocco Drama
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Platonov is disillusioned. He is approaching middle age, a country schoolmaster with a failing marriage and a circle of friends who drink to mourn the passing of their idealism. In a world rife with extramarital affairs, attempted suicides, fights, and comic desperation, Platonov is the plausible hero. This bold new adaptation of Chekhov's first full-length play brings a startlingly contemporary sensibility to the 19th-century drama while remaining true to the playwright's voice and vision. In Platonov, all the classic Chekhovian elements shine: the juxtaposition of comedy and tragedy, the deep insight into human nature, the unforgettable characters grappling with moral uncertainties. The first Canadian version of one of Chekhov's most ambitious works, Platonov is a thrilling switchback ride between farce and tragedy that belongs on every theatre-lover's bookshelf.

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