The original text
Chekhov's story Святая простота (Sviataia prostota, variously translated as "Sacred simplicity", "Holy simplicity" or "Saintly simplicity") tells of a son who returns home to visit his father after many years absence. The father, a priest, cannot believe his son, now a very successful lawyer, has become so wealthy and distant.
First published in Russian as Святая простота in The Petersburg Newspaper in December 1885.
Translated and published in English as Saintly Simplicity in Avrahm Yarmolinsky's collection Unknown Chekhov: stories and other writings hitherto untranslated by Noonday Press, New York, in 1954.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
2014: Performed at the second Chekhov Festival at the The Fringe at Joburg Theatre in June 2014. Adapted and directed by Grethe Fox, with Kevin Smith, Maurice Paige, Linda Sokhulu and Bradley Olivier.
Donald Rayfield. 1999. Understanding Chekhov: A Critical Study of Chekhov's Prose and Drama. University of Wisconsin Press: pp. 28-29.
The Star, 27 July 2004.
Sue Segar. 2014. "Grethe Fox’s super-charged career", in Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition), 12 October.
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