I have received my copies of The Other Chekhov, an anthology of Chekhov's short stories compiled by Kyle Minor and Okla Elliott, a supremely talented and fun-loving pair who seem to me to be a perfect blend of Stooge and Musketeer.
The book, to quote the back cover, "presents ten lesser-known masterpieces" from a Chekhov who writes here not about the vicissitudes of daily life, but rather about "war, poverty, and violence". And, in the case of one story, out-and-out magical powers. Think Samantha and Bewitched, Russian-style.
Each story is introduced by a contemporary writer (and there's a cartoonist in there too, the inclusion of whom will help you to gather what a hip and worthwhile reframing of Chekhov's work this volume is), including giants like Fred Chappell and David Slavitt, and up-and comers like SIUC's own Benjamin Percy. I wrote the introduction to a story called "The Witch".
The book is available directly from New American Press or through online booksellers.
Here's what the cover looks like:
And here, though I confess my reluctance to put my own words up on the same screen with Chehov's, are the first pages of my intro and of the story I'm introducing:
This is a smart project, and one that helps to reclaim Chekhov from those folks who would beat us to death with the "requirement" of quotidian detail and plotting. Chekhov, this book tells us, was just as obsessed with the strange and outre as most of the rest of us.