As a short storyist, I can't believe I've been introduced so late to the master of the genre, namely, Anton Chekov. Thanks to an Imperial Russian history class, I've now read a handful of stories of his, and the first thing I thought after reading each was, "More! I want to read more!" I can see a lot of common style choices of Chekov's in Hemingway. He is a sparse, economical writer, with a taut sense of character development and admirable storytelling efficiency. There are also shades of Fitzgerald, however; Chekov will occasionally spring into a passage of liquid, lovely prose that's as beautiful as any short story writing I've ever read. His characters exemplify what I find most fascinating about Russian literature from this period: there's an uneasiness in their own identity and relationships with the West and East. Chekov's characters, like many characters in Russian lit, aren't entirely comfortable with their pasts or their futures, and they don't know who they are, but an inherent passion for life makes them desperate to find out. For any short story writer, I highly recommend picking up a book of Chekov's short stories and delighting in them.