Search Results: "Mikhail Chekhov"


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ANTON CHEKHOV by Mikhail  Chekhov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"A work invaluable for what it says, frustrating for what it does not."
The first English translation of the desultory, digressive recollections—originally published in 1933—of the youngest brother of the celebrated playwright, novelist and short-story writer. Read full book review >

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CHEKHOV by Rosamund Bartlett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2006

"Some interesting material on hitherto unexplored aspects of Chekhov's life, but this one's strictly for specialists."
A peculiar biography that justifies its addition to an overcrowded shelf by focusing on the landscapes most important to the Russian writer. Read full book review >

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CHEKHOV by Philip Callow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 1998

"Interested readers would benefit more from their own reading of Chekhov, or from the more stimulating biographies of Donald Rayfield or V.S. Pritchett. (illustrations, not seen)"
This new offering in the expanding and increasingly noteworthy field of Chekhov studies lacks both the original scholarship and the intellectual depth of other recent studies. Read full book review >

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THE UNDISCOVERED CHEKHOV by Anton Chekhov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

"Translator Constantine's fine Introduction makes the best possible case for accepting even what are, at their weakest, mere ephemera into the glorious Chekhov canon."
Early tales rescued from the periodicals where they appeared in the 1880s, when the pseudonymous "Antosha Chekhonte" became the sole support of his indigent family. Read full book review >

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CELEBRITY CHEKHOV by Ben Greenman
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A derivative, exploitative literary stunt."
The stories of Anton Chekhov are hijacked by American celebrities in New Yorker editor Greenman's latest (What He's Poised to Do, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

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ANTON CHEKHOV by Donald Rayfield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >

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Released: Nov. 13, 2001

"While occasionally crotchety about personal travails, Malcolm offers a stirring, roving chronicle of 'our poet of the provisional and fragmentary.'"
A typically sharp-eyed, tart tour by longtime New Yorker writer Malcolm (The Crime of Sheila McGough, 1999, etc.) to the places—and the creative landscape—associated with the Russian master. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Still, even the juvenilia and ephemera of this writer constitute uniquely rewarding reading."

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MIKHAIL AND MARGARITA by Julie Lekstrom Himes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Despite vivid prose, Himes' debut seems to wander aimlessly, unconvincing and bleak."
An imagined relationship between a great Russian writer and the inspiration for one of his characters. Read full book review >

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STELLA ADLER ON IBSEN, STRINDBERG, AND CHEKHOV by Barry Paris
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 1999

"Despite these flaws, Adler is majestic and inspiring as she speaks to us from a bygone age in which the theater was the principal creative home for actors who achieved dignity from their abilities as interpretive artists, not from their celebrity status or their paychecks."
The late acting teacher's legendary lectures on script interpretation lose something when transposed to the printed page, though they still make a fine introduction to modern drama and the acting style it requires. Read full book review >

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ALL THE KREMLIN'S MEN by Mikhail Zygar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Certainly for Kremlinologists but also for readers wishing to better understand how Putin's Russia has come to look so much like the old Soviet Union."
A veteran journalist and former editor-in-chief of Russia's only independent TV news station paints a revealing group portrait of the entourage influencing Vladimir Putin. Read full book review >

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FIRST LOVE by Mikhail Roshchin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Wonderfully controlled writing that vividly evokes all the turmoil of first love, as well as the way it was at school and home in a particular time and place."
A slender tale of an ``impossible'' first love predictably doomed and moving, yet refreshingly unsentimental, by Russian playwright Roshchin. Read full book review >