Friday, January 8, 2010

The Black Monk

In perusing online texts of Chekhov, I came across The Black Monk.  My wife and I saw a stage adaptation of this short story years ago with Sergei Makovetsky as the black monk.  It was excellent.  I usually have to read translations before seeing these plays as my comprehension of Russian is very weak, but when you have excellent actors like Makovetsky, their actions pretty much carry the story.


  1. I'm envious of your Russian, Gintaras, weak or no. Years ago I tried to teach myself Russian so that I could read all the great Russian writers but got nowhere fast I'm afraid. In those days I was also very interested in Russian history.

    I have a friend who speaks Russian and probably ten other languages fluently. It's a gift. I have to work way too hard at it and even when I start to pick up a language like German, I lose it overnight it seems.

  2. That's a very readable online text. I may read that at some point since I never have.