Reading Chekhov: A Critical Journey
To illuminate the mysterious greatness of Anton Chekhov’s writings, Janet Malcolm takes on three roles: literary critic, biographer, and journalist. Her close readings of the stories and plays are interwoven with episodes from Chekhov’s life and framed by an account of Malcolm’s journey to St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Yalta. She writes of Chekhov’s childhood, his relationships, his travels, his early success, and his self-imposed “exile”—always with an eye to connecting them to themes and characters in his work. Lovers of Chekhov as well as those new to his work will be transfixed by Reading Chekhov.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: Reading Chekhov: A Critical JourneyUser Review - Yana Stajno - Goodreads
Terrific accompaniment to reading Chekhov. Made me want to read all his short stories again. A thoughtful series of notes on him - his various works, his influences, the times, his life - just enough of that but not too much. Janet Malcolm is good company in any case. Read full review
Review: Reading Chekhov: A Critical JourneyUser Review - Greta Gilbertson - Goodreads
Interesting for me as I knew little about Chekhov. (Even how to spell his name). Malcolm writes about him while visiting Russia so she can add another dimension or layer to her discussion. This book ... Read full review