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 come back. Donald Rayfield starts off with the massive benefit of a lot new fabric that was once prudishly suppressed lower than the Soviet regime, or tactfully neglected through students. yet his mastery of all of the facts, either previous and new - a major archive - is magisterial, his history wisdom of the interval is massive; his Russian is delicate to each colloquial nuance of the day, and his tone is certain. He captures a likeness of the notoriously elusive Chekhov which finally starts to appear recognisably human - or even extra extraordinary.'
Chekhov's existence used to be brief, he used to be purely 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, in brief, unapologetically to copy that notice 'definitive'.
'I do not be mindful any monograph by means of a Western pupil on a Russian writer having such luck. . . Nikita Mikhalkov stated that ahead of this ebook got here out we did not be aware of Chekhov. . . the writer does not invent, upload or enhance whatever . . . Rayfield is encouraged by means of the Westerner's urge no longer ot carry info again, in spite of the fact that grim it might be.' Anatoli Smelianski, Director of Moscow Arts Theatre School
'It is difficult 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 overlooked by way of his predecessors.' Nikolai Tolstoy, The Literary Review
'Donald Rayfield, Chekhov's top and definitive biographer.' William Boyd, Guardian
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