Ivan R. Dee
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978-1-56663-523-3 • Paperback • July 2003 • $16.95 • (£12.99)
Vladimir Kataev is professor of Russian literature at Moscow University and head of the Chekhov Commission of the Russian Academy of Sciences. His many books include Chekhov's Prose, Chekhov's Literary Connections, and The Complexity of Simplicity. Harvey Pitcher, who lives in England, has written The Chekhov Play: A New Interpretation and Chekhov's Leading Lady, and has translated Chekhov's Early Stories and Comic Stories.
Fresh and provocative...a significant contribution...cogently demonstrates Chekhov's eminent contemporary relevance.
— Choice Reviews
Kataev gives Chekhov the same life and sense of authenticity that Chekhov granted his beloved characters.
Both a valuable scholarly resource and a challenging new approach to a familiar subject.
— Mel Gussow; The New York Times
Unquestionably one of the two major studies of Chekhov by Russian critics during the twentieth century.
— Karl D. Kramer
Kataev's book should open a new and most welcome chapter in Chekhov criticism. It offers the reader fresh insights into Chekhov and enhances our understanding of him.
— Simon Karlinsky
Kataev's analysis of Chekhov's prose is absolutely seminal.
— Cathy Popkin
A fine scholar and an extraordinary personality and critic...an extraordinary study...a real treat.
— Irwin Weil, Northwestern University
Kataev is by far the most urbane scholar of Chekhov in Russia...especially readable in the seamless English version.
— Donald Rayfield
Kataev's work...has been of fundamental importance in understanding Chekhov's fiction and drama...should mark the beginning of a new level of understanding.
— Andrew R. Durkin, Indiana University
An excellent job: recommended for literature and Russian studies collections.
— Library Journal
Offers the reader fresh insights into Chekhov and enhances our understanding of him.... Kataev's book, with its sympathetic scholarship and unhackneyed perceptions, should open a new and most welcome chapter in Chekhov criticism.
— The Russian Review Of Books
Kataev presents a solid and compelling analysis of Chekhov's works.
— Slavic and East European Studies
A superb explanation of Chekhov's ideas and themes