By Donald Rayfield
The description 'definitive' is simply 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 certain to stay so for a long time to come back. Donald Rayfield begins with the massive benefit of a lot new fabric that was once prudishly suppressed less than the Soviet regime, or tactfully missed by means of students. yet his mastery of the entire proof, either outdated and new - an immense archive - is magisterial, his heritage wisdom of the interval is very large; his Russian is delicate to each colloquial nuance of the day,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 finally starts to appear recognisably human - or even extra extraordinary.'
Chekhov's lifestyles was once brief, he used to be in basic terms 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, briefly, unapologetically to copy that note 'definitive'.
'I do not take note any monograph via a Western student on a Russian writer having such good fortune. . . Nikita Mikhalkov stated that prior to this publication got here out we did not understand 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 will probably be.' Anatoli Smelianski, Director of Moscow Arts Theatre School
'It is tough to visualize one other booklet approximately Chekhov after this one through Donald Rayfield.' Arthur Miller, Sunday Times
'Donald Rayfield's exemplary biography attracts on a frightening array of fabric inacessible or neglected 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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