"Uncle Vanya" is a play that explores the themes of existential boredom and human folly through the story of an elderly professor and his young wife visiting their rural estate run by the professor's brother-in-law, Vanya, and daughter, Sonya. The visit disrupts the monotonous life of the estate, leading to emotional chaos, unrequited love, and a failed murder attempt. The play ends with the departure of the professor and his wife, leaving Vanya and Sonya to return to their life of drudgery, finding solace in the hope of a better life in the afterlife.
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This book is on the following lists:
- 17th on The 50 Best Plays of All Time (TimeOut)
- 52nd on From Oedipus to The History Boys: Michael Billington's 101 greatest plays (The Guardian)
- Great Books of the Western World (Great Books Foundation)
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