Galina S. RYLKOVA. Oyster Fever: Chekhov and Turgenev.

В статье предпринимается попытка объяснить появление вагона для перевозки устриц, который до сих пор не дает покоя поклонникам Чехова. Unlike other cultural celebrities who happened to die in desired and desirable cities like Venice (Wagner) or Paris (Oscar Wilde), Anton Chekhov died in a less than spectacular German resort for convalescing tubercular patients. As Chekhov’s letters reveal, his last trip was tedious and painfully meaningless on all accounts. Whatever Chekhov might have thought about the conclusion of his life, his funeral was far from boring. Olga Knipper’s immediate reaction was to bury her husband in Germany. But her plans were quickly dashed. At the request of the family, friends, and various cultural figures, Chekhov’s body was transported back to Russia and buried in Moscow on July 9 at the cemetery of the New Virgin Convent. Curiously, on July 5, the newspaper Moskovskie vedomosti reported the outbreak of a typhoid epidemic that spread from Constantinople and the Marble Sea to England and France. >>...