A Brother’s Memoir

256pp 2010 OUT OF PRINT B793



In a style reminiscent of Anton Chekhov himself – realistic, intimate and dynamic – Mikhail Chekhov shares unparalleled memories and insights, transporting readers into the world of the Chekhov family. He visits the places where his brother lived and worked and introduces the people he knew and loved, Leo Tolstoy and Piotr Tchaikovsky among them. As an unique eyewitness to the writer's formative years and his artistic maturity, Chekhov’s brother relates first-hand the events that inspired the plots for The Seagull, The Black Monk and The Steppe, among other enduring works. A joy to read, this memoir reveals the remarkable life of one the most masterful storytellers of our time.

This fine translation has been a long time coming . . . Like his brother, Mikhail is clear-headed and unsentimental, with a fine sense of humour and a sharp eye for telling detail. TABLET