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Rayfield, Donald 1942-

Works: 94 works in 390 publications in 4 languages and 8,953 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Satire  History  Novels  Satirical literature  Picaresque fiction  Humorous fiction  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Translator, Other, Honoree, Editor, win, Creator, Author of introduction
Classifications: PG3333, 891.723
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Donald Rayfield
Anton Chekhov : a life by Donald Rayfield( Book )

35 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Anton Chekhov's life was short, intense, and dominated by battles - both with his dependents and with the tuberculosis that was to kill him at age forty-four. He was one of the greatest playwrights and short-story writers ever born, but he was torn between medicine and literature, as he was between family and friends, between a longing for solitude and a need for company. When he was a child, his family life was at times made a hell by a monstrous father, a possessive sister, and delinquent elder brothers; his own adult life was tortuously balanced between the affections of a series of mistresses and a marriage to an actress that was not as idyllic as it has traditionally been painted." "Donald Rayfield's biography strips the whitewash from the image of Chekhov and shows us what lay behind his restrained, ironic facade. The result does not denigrate him but shows him in the full heroism of his brief, prodigiously creative life. Rayfield has spent more than three years combing the Chekhov archives all over Russia (Chekhov was a restless traveler for the whole of his life, going from Siberia to the Cote d'Azur) and has uncovered thousands of documents and letters from Chekhov's lovers, friends, and family, most of them never published before, which cumulatively tell of a life far more entangled and turbulent than we ever previously suspected. The many cuts made in Soviet and foreign editions of Chekhov's and his wife's letters have been restored; what once was hidden is now revealed."--Jacket
Stalin and his hangmen : the tyrant and those who killed for him by Donald Rayfield( Book )

31 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 1,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the Soviet Union under Stalin offers a portrait of the Soviet leader as well as the five ruthless politicos who presided over his secret police and became responsible for the deaths of twenty million Soviet citizens
Edge of empires : a history of Georgia by Donald Rayfield( )

26 editions published between 2012 and 2019 in English and Russian and held by 934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a comprehensive history of Georgia focusing not only on the post-Soviet era but on the full sweep of its turbulent past. The book describes Georgia's complex struggles with the many empires which have tried to control, fragment or even exterminate the country
The cherry orchard : catastrophe and comedy by Donald Rayfield( Book )

8 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For decades after its first performance in 1904, Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard fomented controversy among producers, actors, critics, and audiences. Along with its intrinsic textual richness, linguistic power, and subtlety, the play is saturated with many different, apparently incompatible, elements; it constantly shifts from comedy to pathos, its language concomitantly oscillating from music hall vulgarity to prose poetry. Chekhov assigned a personal way of speaking to each character, divorcing consequence from action, cause from effect. Despite the controversy generated by its paradoxical nature, however, The Cherry Orchard has become a milestone in twentieth-century drama. In this astute analysis of Chekhov's last play, Donald Rayfield argues that The Cherry Orchard can be best understood when read as a culmination of the dramatist's major plays, particularly The Seagull (1896) and Three Sisters (1901). Stressing that Chekhov the playwright is inseparable from Chekhov the story writer, Rayfield points up instances in which the author "reuses" material from such classic stories as "A Visit to Friends," "Panpipes," "The Black Monk," and "The Bride." An engaging history of the how the play came to be - complete with citations from Chekhov's notebooks to show the parallels between his life and the lives of his characters - amplifies Rayfield's dissemination of the dramatist's themes and stylistics technique. Rayfield further uses Chekhov's letters to and from those involved in the initial production - the Moscow Arts Theater director Konstantin Stanislavsky; Chekhov's wife, the actress Olga Knipper; and various of Chekhov's contemporaries in the theater - to chronicle the play's evolution. The apparent contradiction of a play that is simultaneously comic and tragic is, Rayfield concludes, a fact of the modernist drama of Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, and Antonin Artaud. Rayfield's concise analysis is an essential companion to any reading of The Cherry Orchard, as it delineates the play's seminal role in the evolution of twentieth-century theater and its crucial position in Russian cultural history as both the culmination of all realist nineteenth-century fiction and the first masterpiece of a new, arguably symbolist or absurdist, literature
Chekhov : the evolution of his art by Donald Rayfield( Book )

15 editions published in 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding Chekhov : a critical study of Chekhov's prose and drama by Donald Rayfield( Book )

21 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Of all Russian writers, Chekhov is one of the best liked and most easily appreciated. Yet because his work is subtle and understated, we need help to understand him. Chekhov can be (as his friends complained) the most elusive of writers, and one who appears capable of having two opposite views and opposite intentions simultaneously." "Donald Rayfield, one of the world's foremost Chekhov scholars, reveals the layers of meaning on which the stories and plays are built. All Chekhov's important works are studied: we see how closely the two genres are connected and gain insight into Chekhov's rapid development over his brief twenty years of creative life, from medical student supplementing his income by writing comic stories, to father of twentieth-century drama and narrative prose."--Jacket
The dream of Lhasa : the life of Nikolay Przhevalsky (1839-88) explorer of Central Asia by Donald Rayfield( Book )

20 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in English and German and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The literature of Georgia : a history by Donald Rayfield( Book )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Culminated in Rustaveli's great poetic work The Knight in the Panther's Skin. The second half of the work deals with the diverse literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Early thirteenth-century Georgian had as many speakers and readers as English in Shakespeare's day, and medieval Georgian literature is important in terms of world cultural history, representing a bridge between classical and oriental worlds. Donald Rayfield analyses the literature in the
Dead souls by Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich Gogolʹ( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first of the great Russian novels and one of the indisputable masterpieces of world literature, Dead Souls is the tale of Chichikov, an affably cunning con man who causes consternation in a small Russian town when he shows up out of nowhere proposing to buy title to serfs who, though dead as doornails, are still property on paper. What can he have up his sleeve, the local landowners wonder, even as some rush to unload what isn<U+2019>t of any use to them anyway, while others seek to negotiate the best deal possible, and others yet hold on to their dead for dear life, since if somebody wants what you have then no matter what don<U+2019>t give it away. Chichikov<U+2019>s scheme soon encounters obstacles, but he is never without resource, and as he stumbles forward as best he can, Gogol paints a wonderfully comic picture of Russian life that also serves as a biting satire of a society as corrupt as it is cynical and silly"
Kolyma stories by Varlam Shalamov( Book )

in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Kolyma Stories is a masterpiece of twentieth-century literature, an epic array of short fictional tales reflecting the fifteen year that Varlam Shalamov spent in the Soviet Gulag. This is the first of two volumes (the second the appear in 2019) that together will constitute the first complete English translation of Shalamov's stories and the only one to be based on the authorized Russian text. Shalamov spent six years as a slave in the gold mines of Kolyma before finding a less intolerable life as a paramedic in the prison camps. He began writing his account of life in Kolyma after Stalin's death in 1953. His stories are at once the biography a rare survivor, a historical record of the Gulag, and literary work of unparalleled creative power, insight, and conviction"--Page 4 of cover
Kolyma Tales by Varlam Shalamov( Book )

5 editions published between 2018 and 2020 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1936, Varlam Shalamov, a journalist and writer, was arrested for counterrevolutionary activities and sent to the Soviet Gulag. He survived fifteen years in the prison camps and returned from the Far North to write one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century literature, an epic array of short fictional tales reflecting the years he spent in the Gulag. Sketches of the Criminal World is the second of two volumes (the first, Kolyma Stories, was published by NYRB Classics in 2018) that together constitute the first complete English translation of Shalamov's stories and the only one to be based on the authorized Russian text. In this second volume, Shalamov sets out to answer the fundamental moral questions that plagued him in the camps where he encountered firsthand the criminal world as a real place, far more evil than Dostoyevsky's underground: "How does someone stop being human?" and "How are criminals made?" By 1972, when he was writing his last stories, the camps were being demolished, the guard towers and barracks razed. "Did we exist?" Shalamov asks, then answers without hesitation, "I reply, 'We did.'"
Chekhov's Uncle Vania and the wood demon by Donald Rayfield( Book )

7 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The literature of Georgia : a history = Kʻartʻuli literaturis istoria by Donald Rayfield( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first comprehensive and objective history of the literature of Georgia, revealed to be unique among those of the former Byzantine and Russian empires, both in its quality and its 1500 years' history. It is examined in the context of the extraordinarily diverse influences which affected it - from Greek and Persian to Russian and modern European literature, and the folklore of the Caucasus
Anton Chekhov : a life by Donald Rayfield( )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anton Chekhov's life was short, intense, and dominated by battles, both with his dependents and with the tuberculosis that killed him at age forty-four. The traditional image of Chekhov is that of the restrained artist torn between medicine and literature. But Donald Rayfield's biography reveals the life long hidden behind the noble facade. Here is a man capable of both great generosity toward needy peasants and harsh callousness toward lovers and family, a man who craved with equal passion the company of others and the solitude necessary to create his art
Chapter 42 by Nadezhda Mandelʹshtam( Book )

5 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dnevnik Aleksei︠a︡ Sergeevicha Suvorina by A. S Suvorin( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in Russian and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kvachi : a novel by Mixeil Javaxišvili( Book )

2 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is, in brief, the story of a swindler: a Georgian Felix Krull, or perhaps a cynical Don Quixote, named Kvachi Kvachantiradze. He is a womanizer, cheat, perpetrator of insurance fraud, bank robber, associate of Rasputin, filmmaker, revolutionary, and pimp. Though originally denounced as pornographic, Kvachi's tale is one of the great classics of twentieth-century Georgian literature--and a hilarious romp to boot"--
The confessions of Victor X by Victor X( Book )

4 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Garnett book of Russian verse : a treasury of Russian poets from 1730 to 1996( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in Russian and English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive Georgian-English dictionary( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and Georgian and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Anton Chekhov : a life
Stalin and his hangmen : the tyrant and those who killed for himThe cherry orchard : catastrophe and comedyUnderstanding Chekhov : a critical study of Chekhov's prose and dramaThe literature of Georgia : a historyDead soulsChekhov's Uncle Vania and the wood demonThe literature of Georgia : a history = Kʻartʻuli literaturis istoriaAnton Chekhov : a life
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Donald Rayfield British translator

Donald Rayfield Brits historicus

Donald Rayfield storico e critico letterario britannico

Donald Rayfield traducteur britannique

Donald Rayfield traductor británico

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Rayfield, D. (Donald), 1942-

Rayfield, Patrick Donald

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Reĭfild, D. (Donalʹd), 1942-

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Reifīlds, Donalds 1942-

Reip'ildi, Donald 1942-

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English (227)

Russian (14)

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