Posted on 03/29/2022 at 07:32 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The world has watched in horror as Ukrainians are displaced, injured, and killed by Russia's invasion.

It goes without saying that those of us outside the conflict are most frightened for the lives at risk.

Further down the list of fears — but certainly still on that list — is the cultural heritage that's vulnerable to Russian aggression.

Alison Anderson, a literary translator living in the Swiss Alps, began reflecting on that smaller-but-significant issue shortly after Russia's attack began.

An acquaintance living in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sumy reached out at that time to express the residents' concerns for the Anton Chekhov museum there.

Chekhov may be a Russian writer, but his contributions to literature mean that he, in Anderson's words, "belongs to the world."

Read her essay about Chekhov's physical legacy in Ukraine at Literary Hub.

Chekhov’s legacy is due in large part to his plays, like Uncle Vanya and The Cherry Orchard, but he’s also described as a master of the modern short story

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