the short story project


Yoav Rosen On:

Sleepy by Anton Chekhov

Thirteen year-old Varka is taking care of her cold-hearted, busy employers’ baby son. What will she do, after a long day of hard labor, when she’s dead tired, while the small child keeps crying, and simply won’t fall asleep?

In “Sleepy,” one of his most sharp stories of wit, Anton Chekhov knows in which ways to turn presumptions, the foretold, and the rather predictable into a distilled moment of pure literature.

What, say, would you do just to have a decent nap?