Ward No. 6

Anton CHEKHOV (1860 - 1904), translated by Constance GARNETT (1861 - 1946)

The line between sanity and insanity is blurred in this classic novella by Anton Chekhov. The disillusioned idealist Dr. Rabin is in charge of a provincial lunatic asylum, overseeing with weary, dubious policies a motley group of patients, a group that mirrors in microcosm all of human and especially Russian society. Seeking answers to profound questions, Dr. Rabin enters into dialogues with both staff members and patients, trying to make sense out of what has become of his life, until it becomes less and less clear who is the doctor and who is the patient. Written with obvious reformist concerns about the dehumanization of "lunatics," the story is also a harrowing parable about the meaning of human existence. Summary by Expatriate.

Genre(s): Literary Fiction, Satire

Language: English

Group: Chekhov's Novellas

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapters 01-02 Expatriate
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Play 02 Chapters 03-04 Expatriate
00:12:48
Play 03 Chapter 05 Expatriate
00:08:55
Play 04 Chapter 06 Expatriate
00:12:02
Play 05 Chapters 07-08 Expatriate
00:08:37
Play 06 Chapter 09 Expatriate
00:10:51
Play 07 Chapter 10 Expatriate
00:12:42
Play 08 Chapters 11-12 Expatriate
00:11:36
Play 09 Chapters 13-14 Expatriate
00:10:44
Play 10 Chapter 15 Expatriate
00:06:37
Play 11 Chapters 16-17 Expatriate
00:12:07
Play 12 Chapters 18-19 Expatriate
00:09:43