By Donald Rayfield
The description 'definitive' is just too simply used, yet Donald Rayfield's biography of Chekhov advantages it unhesitatingly. to cite no much less an expert than Michael Frayn:
'With query the definitive biography of Chekhov, and sure to stay so for a long time to return. Donald Rayfield begins with the massive good thing about a lot new fabric that was once prudishly suppressed less than the Soviet regime, or tactfully neglected by means of students. yet his mastery of all of the proof, either outdated and new - an enormous archive - is magisterial, his history wisdom of the interval is very large; his Russian is delicate to each colloquial nuance of the day, and his tone is bound. He captures a likeness of the notoriously elusive Chekhov which ultimately starts to appear recognisably human - or even extra extraordinary.'
Chekhov's existence was once brief, he used to be in basic terms forty-four whilst he died, and dogged with ill-health yet his performs and brief tales guarantee him of his position within the literary pantheon. here's a biography that does him complete justice, briefly, unapologetically to copy that be aware 'definitive'.
'I do not take into account any monograph by way of a Western student on a Russian writer having such luck. . . Nikita Mikhalkov stated that ahead of this publication got here out we did not be aware of Chekhov. . . the writer does not invent, upload or adorn whatever . . . Rayfield is influenced through the Westerner's urge now not ot carry info again, in spite of the fact that grim it will probably be.' Anatoli Smelianski, Director of Moscow Arts Theatre School
'It is tough to visualize one other ebook approximately Chekhov after this one by way of Donald Rayfield.' Arthur Miller, Sunday Times
'Donald Rayfield's exemplary biography attracts on a frightening array of fabric inacessible or missed by way of his predecessors.' Nikolai Tolstoy, The Literary Review
'Donald Rayfield, Chekhov's most sensible and definitive biographer.' William Boyd, Guardian
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