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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; New Ed edition (4 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780743230759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743230759
  • ASIN: 0743230752
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.7 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 497,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A brilliant, impressionistic new biography' -- Independent on Sunday

'Bartlett’s efforts should be greeted with prizes and acclaim. She has renewed Chekhov for twenty-first-century readers' -- Scotland on Sunday

'Delightful . . . Bartlett has succeeded in freeing the playwright from the dead hand of conventional biography . . . it's a treasure' -- New Statesman

'Here is a wonder: a book that delivers more than it promises . . . A remarkable biography about an inspirational artist' -- Sunday Telegraph

'Unorthodox, fascinating and highly readable . . . I have never read a book that brought me closer to the writer himself' -- Moscow Times

...it makes you want to jump on a plane to Siberia...Sheds new light on a much-discussed writer -- Evening Standard, July 4, 2005

...we do get a better idea of the man too easily typecast by English readers as a chronic pessimist -- Sunday Telegraph, July 4, 2005

Bartlett's innovative approach underscores the remarkable range of Chekhov's life and work -- The Guardian, July 9, 2005


Rosamund Bartlett is steeped in Chekhov's writings, having worked as a translator and lecturer on the culture and history of nineteenth-century Russia. She has written not simply another biography of Chekhov but brought new understanding to the writings and character of the man, set amidst the formidable landscape of the Russia he loved. This is a book of enormous detail about the places Chekhov visited and lived in, which is vital for a good understanding of the character of this unusual and complex man. The author examines with careful precision Chekhov's genius, and shows that he is not simply the gloomy writer of popular myth but one with profound humanity and humour.

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