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Reading Chekhov A Critical Journey (Paperback)

Author:  Janet Malcolm
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375761063
ISBN-13: 9780375761065
Sku: 31016317
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 0.75T
Pages:  224
Age Range:  NA
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To illuminate the mysterious greatness of Anton ChekhovUs writings, Malcolm takes on three roles: literary critic, biographer, and journalist. Her close readings of the stories and plays are interwoven with episodes from ChekhovUs life. Both lovers of Chekhov and those new to his work will be transfixed by "Reading Chekhov" and be inspired to turn to or revisit his masterpieces.
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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.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.
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A die-hard Chekhov fan, the New Yorker magazine contributor travels to Russia to immerse herself in the study of Chekhov. A New York Times Notable Book for 2002.
Author Bio
Janet Malcolm
Malcolm has long been associated with The New Yorker, where her first assignments in the '70s were unsigned columns on photography. She wrote two lengthy articles on psychoanalysis, which were published in book form as PSYCHOANALYSIS: The Impossible Profession and INSIDE THE FREUD ARCHIVES. The latter covered the rise and fall of Jeffrey Masson, the former projects director of the Sigmund Freud Archives. Masson was so upset by Malcolm's unflattering portrayal that he sued, claiming that she had misquoted him. Masson v. New Yorker Magazine, Inc. et. al. went all the way to the Supreme Court, with the majority deciding in favor of Masson. The decision is frequently cited in law and journalism courses. The relationship between truth and the telling of truth runs through many of her books, including THE JOURNALIST AND THE MURDERER--which is about Jeffrey MacDonald's lawsuit against FATAL VISION author Joe McGinniss--THE SILENT WOMAN, about Sylvia Plath, and THE CRIME OF SHEILA McGOUGH, her reportage of a naive trial lawyer's downfall. Malcolm's essays on photography were published as DIANA & NIKON and her collected prose was published as THE PURLOINED CLINIC. In the tradition of the New Journalists of the '70s, Malcolm figures prominently in many of her pieces, which address her search for the truth behind her subjects.

Praise

New York Review of Books
"[T]houghtful and sensitive...." - John Bayley 11/29/2001

New York Times Book Review
"In her elegant, elusive new book, Janet Malcolm seeks to liberate Chekhov from the prison that his name has become, and from the kind of ritualized, sentimental admiration that is, in her rigorous view, the opposite of appreciative reading...What seems like a leisurely stroll through biography, travel writing and textual interpretation is 'in fact' (if I may borrow Malcolm's deadpan formulation) a fierce assault on literary decorum, and a calm demolition of the ideological defenses that protect us from the writers we claim to love...One of the most gratifying things about READING CHEKHOV is its quiet, vigorous defense of the prerogatives of criticism against the imperial banality of biography." - A. O. Scott 12/09/2001

Los Angeles Times Book Review
"[Malcolm] brings much of the literature available in English to bear on her interpretations, and she does it without once seeming stuffy or pedantic. And she constantly reminds us of the unassuming yet immense presence of Anton Chekhov...Malcolm has written for the New Yorker for years (part of this book first appeared there), and she is as good an example as exists of the better aspects of that magazine's style. Her work is personal, yet it is never confessional. Her prose is smart without obfuscating the obvious. She researches thoroughly yet is willing to compress the effort of research for the effectiveness of her narrative...READING CHEKHOV is the intensely personal and lucid encounter of a reader with a writer whose generosity toward his characters is unparalleled. Malcolm tells us that Chekhov 'didn't preach, or even teach. He is our poet of the provisional and fragmentary.' We can thank her for reminding us how beautiful that poetry can be." - Keith Taylor 12/09/2001

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"The Hapless Traveler persona allows her to analyze and expound without sounding pompous, and to approach her subject obliquely yet naturally...With the gentle inevitability of a balloon lofting skyward, the discourse effortlessly ascends from chatter to contemplation to genuinely brilliant critique...With its balance of distilled perception and companionable spirit, READING CHEKHOV embodies the same qualities it celebrates." 12/16/2001

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