The Beauties

Written by:
Anton Chekhov
Narrated by:
Peter Coates

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2024
0 hours 20 minutes
One great example of Chekhov's minimalism is found in The Beauties, a very short 'story' - I use the term loosely, because it is really just two snapshots, two unrelated anecdotes in which a man describes seeing true beauty in two different women. These women are imperfect, yet enigmatically alluring.
Chekhov's genius lies in the way he manages to convey with such apparent effortlessness a profound sense of the mystery of beauty, and of the sadness of those who observe and think. The narrator of this apparently inconsequential tale fixes on exactly the right details, from a myriad of possible ones, to strike at the heart. It's a masterpiece of minimalism.
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