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My Life - The Story of a Provincial

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Translator Constance Garnett


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The theme of the „little man”, which appeared in many of Chekhov’s short stories, was also touched on in the novel „My Life”. The main character, Misail Poloznev, a nobleman by birth, becomes a simple worker. In order to live the way he wants, he breaks with his father. He is opposed to lies and hypocrisy, namely they, in his opinion, reign among the intelligentsia. The quote of the old house painter Radish: „Aphids eat grass, rust – iron, and lies – the soul”. According to the protagonist, moral self-improvement of a person is directly related to physical labor, which he would like to make mandatory for everyone.