By Donald Rayfield
The description 'definitive' is just too simply used, yet Donald Rayfield's biography of Chekhov benefits 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 starts off with the massive benefit of a lot new fabric that used to be prudishly suppressed lower than the Soviet regime, or tactfully overlooked by way of students. yet his mastery of the entire proof, either previous and new - a huge archive - is magisterial, his historical past wisdom of the interval is very large; 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 eventually starts off to appear recognisably human - or even extra extraordinary.'
Chekhov's existence was once brief, he used to be simply forty-four while 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 observe 'definitive'.
'I do not keep in mind any monograph by way of a Western student on a Russian writer having such luck. . . Nikita Mikhalkov stated that ahead of this booklet got here out we did not recognize Chekhov. . . the writer does not invent, upload or decorate whatever . . . Rayfield is encouraged through the Westerner's urge no longer ot carry details again, even though grim it will possibly be.' Anatoli Smelianski, Director of Moscow Arts Theatre School
'It is tough to visualize one other e-book 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 via his predecessors.' Nikolai Tolstoy, The Literary Review
'Donald Rayfield, Chekhov's most sensible and definitive biographer.' William Boyd, Guardian
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