Books by Donald Rayfield

Donald Rayfield is professor of Russian and Georgian at the University of London and the author of a number of books on Russian writers and intellectuals, including an acclaimed biography of Anton Chekhov.

KOLYMA STORIES by Varlam Shalamov
Released: April 10, 2018

"Available only for the last five years in Russia itself, a searing document, worthy of shelving alongside Solzhenitsyn."
Sharply observed stories, from the thin line between autobiography and fiction, of life inside the Gulag. Read full book review >
KVACHI by Mikheil Javakhishvili
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A lost classic of Georgian writing, of considerable interest to students of the early Soviet era and Russian Civil War."
A sprawling picaresque novel from the Russian periphery. Read full book review >
ANTON CHEKHOV by Donald Rayfield
Released: March 1, 1998

"Just the facts, ma'am'') approach, but it will be difficult to fault or outdo his meticulous research. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Short on literary and historical perspective, Rayfield's exhaustive work nevertheless will be the definitive biography of Chekhov the private and family man. Read full book review >