Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Ward No. 6
Ward No. 6 is a short story written by Chekhov in 1892. It has appeared in various collections of Chekhov short stories, including The Horse-Stealers and Other Stories translated by Constance Garnett in 1921. In this story, Chekhov explores the inner working of a run-down lunatic asylum in a provincial town. He introduces the readers to a coarse porter who speaks mostly with his fists, various patients, a doctor who presides over this ward, and expresses his thoughts with a local postmaster. It was recently made into a movie, featuring Vladimir Ilyin. Here's a clip.
There's also this very recent short film (30 min.) by Suzana Purkovic, with English subtitles.