In addition to offering fresh editions of well known works, Northwestern World Classics will also reintroduce to a new generation lost classics , such as Ivan Shcheglov sThe Dacha Husband Dachnyi muzh Despite being considered the most interesting writer of the late s by no less a writer than his onetime collaborator Anton Chekhov, Ivan Shcheglov is largely forgotten in the West In the able hands of Michael Katz, acclaimed translator of Dostoevsky, Turgenev, and Tolstoy, Shcheglov s strikingly modern style and biting satire come alive for today s readers The Dacha Husband a term created by Shcheglov satirizes a type of man who came to prominence in the later part of the nineteenth century in Russia he was typically upper middle class, was married to a materialistic woman, and commuted to work in St Petersburg during the summer while his wife and children vacationed at the family s dacha in Pavlovsk Among the novel s highlights is a Convention of Dacha Husbands , in which a small group of insulted and injured husbands gathered together, in secret from their wivesfor a general discussion of contemporary marital misfortunes and a search for some means to protect their human rights The convention is unexpectedly interrupted by the wives, who arrive to retrieve their rebellious spouses A coda informs the reader that at least one of the proposals offered during the meeting survived the construction of a shelter for the care of deserted husbands


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