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by Ivan Bunin
Bunin knew Chekhov quite well, and this unfinished biography is filled with fascinating, intimate details from the interludes when the two authors’ lives intersected, when they talked about Russia and its future, about writing and writers (Gorky is a recurrent theme). And Bunin is particularly good at thrusting us back to the turn of the 20th century, when Tolstoy, Stanislavsky, Balmont, Gilyarovsky and others walked the Earth. As revealing about the biographer as it is about the subject (thanks to copious footnotes and an extremely informative introduction), this is a must read for anyone with any interest in Russian literature.
Reviewed in Russian Life: Nov/Dec 2007