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Anton Chekhov: A Brother's Memoir

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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 a unique eyewitness to t ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2009)
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notgettingenough
For one who professes distaste for biography/autobiography, I’ve been reading a lot of it lately. But it was easy to make an exception in this case.

I’ve read Anton Chekhov’s letters, a form of writing which might distinguish itself from autobiography by being both more honest and of greater literary worth. Letters are, after all – or where when people used to write then, at any rate – small literary gifts. I had a friend who used to send me letters hand-written and tied with a ribbon in a bow. T
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Amy
Nov 09, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
One time as a teen, Chekhov took a tailoring course. He made some stylishly narrow trousers for his brother Nikolay, and because Nikolay insisted they should be very, very skinny, his pants were compared to noodles by his peers. "Noodle-pants" then became a saying in the Chekhov home.
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Jun 27, 2010 Milele rated it liked it
Rather disjointed collection of anecdotes from Anton Chekhov's life, in chronological order, by his brother. It's not great but at least it's good fun reading about abject poverty and misery when one is so comfortable one's self.
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