Agafya Background

Agafya Background

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in Russia in 1860. He initially wanted to study Medicine but he later also began a career as an author. He died in 1904 in Germany after being diagnosed with tuberculosis. Agafya focuses on the story of Savka, a handsome young man who embarks on an affair with Agafya, a peasant woman fearful of her husband. The narrator describes Agafya's decision to 'face the music' and confront her husband, Yakov, as Savka watches on. In 1888, Chekhov won Pushkin Prize for his collection of short stories. His work has drawn influences from notable authors, Tolstoy, and Turgenev. Another strong influence on his work was his brother, Nikolai, whose death had a major influence on his writings. Chekhov is also known for his development of "zero endings", which leaves endings mysterious and allows readers to ponder on what may have happened.

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