Like Light on Broken Glass: Anton Chekhov

C$1,520 includes one seminar Monday to Friday, morning coffee and newspapers, five buffet lunches, afternoon speakers, a five-day opera lecture series, film screenings, guided walks, two cocktail receptions, a travel bazaar followed by dinner, and a range of other cultural and social activities. All costs are subject to the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). A non-refundable C$300 plus HST deposit is required to secure your place; the balance is due June 1, 2019.

  • Participants who have attended Toronto Pursuits at least five times receive a C$215 discount.
  • Register with a friend, and if one or both are first-time participants, each receives a C$215 discount.
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LEADER

Sean Forester is an artist and a lecturer from the San Francisco Bay Area. A veteran Classical Pursuits leader, Sean studied at St. John’s College Great Books program and at Cambridge University. He relishes the mix of tragedy and comedy in Chekhov’s writing.

 

BOOK

Participants are required to obtain the specified edition to facilitate the group’s ability to find and cite portions of the text during discussion. Details will be provided at registration.

Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
(Modern Library, 2000)
ISBN-13: 978-0553381009

Five Plays: Ivanov, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard, translated by Ronald Hingley
(Oxford World’s Classics, 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-0199536696

It’s afternoon on a country estate. Astrov, a local doctor, confides in a friend, “I know no rest; at night I tremble under my blankets for fear of being dragged out to visit someone who is sick; I have toiled without repose or freedom since I have known you; could I help growing old?” But the doctor knows—and we know—that he will continue serving his patients, no matter what. He adds, “See what a long mustache I have grown. A foolish, long mustache.”

Astrov is just one of Chekhov’s many eccentric, memorable characters, men and women with their dreams and ideals, faults and failures, self-deception and self-discovery. So often Chekhov presents a philosophical position or a character with great conviction, only to turn and undercut what we thought we knew with an offhand observation or a revealing detail. No Hollywood endings here; instead a rich, bittersweet complexity that keeps us coming back for more.

Reading Chekhov gives us a vivid sense of Russia at the end of the 19th century. At the same time, Chekhov is strikingly contemporary. “The reason we like Chekhov so much,” says novelist Richard Ford, “is because his stories feel so modern to us … his view of what’s funny and poignant, his clear-eyed observance of life as lived … could, we feel, be written today and appear in The New Yorker.”

Actors and directors remain intrigued by Chekhov because he has the rare gift of writing tragedy and comedy simultaneously. No playwright except Shakespeare is more performed, and we’ll seek to understand why by watching scenes from recent films. We’ll also discover parallels in the visual arts by studying Ilya Repin’s penetrating portraits and the landscapes of the writer’s lifelong friend Isaac Levitan. Take a deep dive into Chekhov’s world and experience for yourself the enduring fascination of his work.

 

 

Cost

The cost of Toronto Pursuits 2019 is C$1,520. This includes one seminar Monday to Friday, coffee and newspapers all week, five buffet lunches, afternoon speakers, a five-day opera lecture series, film screenings, guided walks, two cocktail receptions, a travel bazaar, and a range of other cultural and social activities. All costs are subject to the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).

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Discounts

ONE per registrant

  • Participants who have attended Toronto Pursuits at least five times receive a C$215 discount.
  • Register with a friend, and if one or both are first-time participants, each receives a C$215 discount.

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Stratford Shakespeare Festival Weekend

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Concert ticket, Gift registration, Not eligible, Five times, With friend

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