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 less than the Soviet regime, or tactfully neglected by means of students. yet his mastery of the entire facts, either previous and new - a huge 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 bound. He captures a likeness of the notoriously elusive Chekhov which ultimately starts off to appear recognisably human - or even extra extraordinary.'
Chekhov's lifestyles 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, in brief, unapologetically to copy that be aware 'definitive'.
'I do not take into account any monograph through a Western student on a Russian writer having such luck. . . Nikita Mikhalkov acknowledged that ahead of this publication got here out we did not recognize Chekhov. . . the writer does not invent, upload or beautify something . . . Rayfield is inspired via the Westerner's urge no longer ot carry info again, despite the fact that grim it could actually be.' Anatoli Smelianski, Director of Moscow Arts Theatre School
'It is difficult to visualize one other publication 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 means of his predecessors.' Nikolai Tolstoy, The Literary Review
'Donald Rayfield, Chekhov's top and definitive biographer.' William Boyd, Guardian
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Anton Chekhov: A Life by Donald Rayfield