School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Professor Donald Rayfield


Emeritus Professor of Russian






Anton Chekhov ' A Life. London: HarperCollins, 1997; New York: Henry Holt, 1998. ISBN 1-85399-426-X (translated and expanded as Anton Chekhov - Zhizn', tr by O. Makarova. Moscow: Nezavisimaia gazeta, 2005, pp. 858. ISBN 5-86712-163-1

Understanding Chekhov. Bristol Classical Press. London: University of Wisconsin Press, 1999, pp. xvii + 295

Stalin and his Hangmen. London: Penguin, 2004, pp xxvi + 528. ISBN 0-670-910880; New York: Random House, 2004, pp xxviii + 543. ISBN 0 375 50632 2 (also published as: Stalin y los verdugos, tr by Amado Diéguez Rodrí­guez, Miguel Martí­nez-Lage. Madrid: Taurus, 2003, pp. 618. ISBN 84-306-0512-6; Stalin und seine Henker, tr by Hans Freundl, Norbert Juraschitz. Munich: Karl Blessing, 2004, pp. 618. ISBN 3-89667-181-2; Stalin e i svoi boia, tr by Stefania de Franco. Milano: Garzanti, 2005, pp. 591. ISBN 88-11-69386-1; Stalin a jeho mistri popravcí­. Prague: Pavel Dobrovskí½ - BETA, 2006, pp. 432); Stalin i ego podruchnye Moscow: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie. 2008. 574 pp. ISBN 978-5-86793-651-8 (revised and expanded version of Stalin and his Hangmen; Stalin i jego oprawcy: szefowie stalinowskiej bezpieki, tr. by A. Kedzierski. Warsaw: Amber. 2009. 464 pp. ISBN 978-83-241333-8

The Literature of Georgia ' A History, 3rd, revised and expanded edition. 2010, pp 366. ISBN 978-0-9535878-8-9.

Edge of Empires: A History of Georgia London: Reaktion Books, 2012. ISBN 978-1-78023-030-6.




Donald Rayfield (editor in chief), with Rusudan Amirejibi, Shukia Apridonidze, Laurence Broers, Ariane Chanturia, Levan Chkhaidze and Tina Margalitadze as assistant compilers. Garnett Press, London 2006 (September). xl + 1729 pp. ISBN-10: 0-9535878-3-5 (two volume set); ISBN-13: 978-0-9535978-3-4.


edited, introduced, annotated, revised and partly re-translated (on basis of Constance Garnett's versions), The Chekhov Omnibus: Selected Stories. Dent: Everyman, 1994, pp. 700

(verse translation with original text and introduction) Ilia Chavchavadze, King Dimitri's Sacrifice, Tbilisi, 1998

(with O. E. Makarova) intr., ed., notes, Dnevnik A. S. Suvorina. London: The Garnett Press/ Moscow: Nezavisimaia gazeta, 2000, pp xl + 667. ISBN 0 953878 1 9; 5 86712 093 7

edited (with J Hicks, O Makarova, A. Pilkington) with notes, The Garnett Book of Russian Verse An Anthology with English Prose Translation. London: The Garnett Press, 2000, pp. 748; revised edition 2013, pp xiv + 664. ISBN 978-0-9564683-2-1

ed., intr., notes. Tatiana L'vovna Shchepkina-Kupernik. Selected Poems and Narrative Poems Moscow: OGI. January 2008. 359pp ISBN 978-5-94282-443-3

translation: Nikolai Gogol, Marc Chagall Dead Souls (with 96 engravings by Marc Chagall) London: Garnett Press. October 2008 pp 366. ISBN 978-0-9535878-7-2

translation: Otar Chiladze A Man Was Going Down the Road (a Georgian novel based on the legend of Jason and Medea), 2012  435 pp. ISBN 978-0-9564683-0-7.


Contributions to books:

'Sanitizing the Classics', in E.S. Shaffer, ed., Revolutions and Censorship, Comparative Criticism, 16, Cambridge University Press, 1994, pp. 19-32

'Mandel'shtam i zviozdy' in R. Aizlewood, D. Myers (ed.), Stoletie Mandel'shtama [Mandelstam Centenary Conference, SSEES, London 1991]. New Jersey, U.S.A.: Hermitage, 1994, pp. 299-307. (variant version in Filologicheskie zapiski Voronezh 1994, 2, pp. 53-63)

'Dendrofily i dendrofoby u Chekhova', in Chekhoviana: Melikhovskie trudy i dni. Moscow: Nauka, 1995, pp. 76-81

'Polnyi brozheniia i aromata sosud: gruzinskaia poèzia v perevodakh Mandel'shtama' in O.G.Lasunsky et al., Otdai menia. Voronezh: Tret 'i mezhdunarodnye Mandel'shtamovskie chteniia, 1995, pp. 287-97

'Mifologiia tuberkulioza', in Chekhoviana: Chekhov i serebrianyi vek. Moscow: Nauka, 1996, pp. 44-50

'Perepiska i tvorchestvo', in Chekhoviana: Chekhov i ego okruzhenie, Moscow: Nauka, 1996, pp 209-213

'Krovokharkanie i vliubchivost', in Anton P. Chechov' Philosophische und religiöse Dimensionen im Leben und im Werk (Proceedings of 1994 Badenweiler symposium). Munich: Verlag Otto Sagner, 1997, pp. 193-199

18 entries in Neil Cornwell, ed., Reference Guide to Russian Literature. London: Fitzroy Dearborne, 1998

'Medií¦val Migraine: Georgian Medicine and Folklore', in John A. C. Greppin, Emilie Savage-Smith and John Gueriguian (eds), The Diffusion of Greek Medicine in Middle East and the Caucasus Caravan Books, New York: Delmar, 1999, pp. 251-267

'Anton Chekhov', 'Georgian' in Peter France (ed.) The Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000, pp. 200-2, 598-601

'Chekhov's stories and the plays', in Paul Allain, Vera Gottlieb, The Cambridge Companion to Chekhov, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, pp. 203-215

'Censorship in Georgia' in Derek Jones (ed.) The Encyclopaedia of Censorship. London: Fitzroy Dearborne, 2000 *

'The Early Chekhov', introduction, vi'xxii in Chekhov (tr. Ronald Wilkes) Stories 1887'1891. London: Penguin Books, 2001, ISBN 0-14-044785-7

Introduction to Marjory Wardrop (trans.), The Man in the Panther's Skin. London: Curzon Press, 2000

'The Golden Age of Russian Poetry', in Neil Cornwell, ed., Routledge Introduction to Russian Literature. London: Routledge, 2001 ISBN 0-415-23365-8

'Galen, Avicenna and the mediaeval Georgian pharmacopoeia', in Philologie, Typologie und Sprachstruktur. Festschrift fí¼r Professor Winfried Boeder. Frankfurt-am-Main: Peter Lang, 2002, 101'110 ISBN 3-631-38261-8

Translation of František Halas Sláva slova in Radojka Miljevic, An Anthology of Czech and Slovak Poetry in Honour of Karel Brušák. London: Cerberus, 2004, pp. 76-77

'Liubov' i smert' [posledniia chast' iz knigi Anton Chekhov - Zhizn'] in I. Klekh (ed) Chetyrezhdy Chekhov: Bitov, Chudakov, Rayfield, Klekh, Moscow: Emergency Exit, 2004, pp. 71'147. ISBN 5-98726-002-7

'Peculiarities of Caucasian Vocabulary', Lexikologie / Lexicology, ed.. v. Cruse, D. Alan / Hundsnurscher, Franz / Job, Michael / Lutzeier, Peter Rolf (2er Halbband). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2005, ISBN 3-11-017147-3, pp. 1039'1042

'Cosa resta da scoprire mella vita e nelle opere di Cechov' in S. Giordanelli, F. Bolino (eds) L'anima del mondo e il mondo di Cechov Genova: Il Melangolo, 2005, ISBN 88-7018-583-4, pp. 59'76

Foreword, to Caroline Brooke. Moscow. A Literary and Cultural History Oxford: Signal Books. 2006. pp viii'xii. ISBN1-904955-22-3

'Zametki ob Anglii', in M. N. Filippova (ed.) Angliiskii natsional'nyi kharakter. Sbornik statei. Moscow: Добросвет-М., 2006. pp. 42'76. ISBN 5-94119-3-1

'Chto eschio my mozhem skazat' o Chekhove?' in M. O. Goriacheva et al. (ed.) Chekhoviana. Iz veka XX v XXI. Itogi i ozhidaniia. Moscow. Nauka. 2007. ISBN 978-5-02-035698-6, pp. 31'42

'The Ukrainian Famine of 1933: Man-made Catastrophe, Mass Murder, or Genocide?' in Lubomyr Y. Luciuk Holodomor: Reflections on the Great Famine of 1932-1933 in Soviet Ukraine Kingston (Canada): Kashtan Press. 2008. ISBN 978-1-896354-33-0. pp. 87-93.

'Stalin, Putin and the Poets', in Ivo de Gennaro, Hans-Christian Gí¼nther (eds) Artists and Intellectuals and the Requests of Power Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2009. pp171'’185, ISBN 978 90 04 17213 5

'Georgia' in M. F. Suarez et al (eds) The Oxford Companion to the Book Oxford University Press January 2010. ISBN  978-0198606536, pp 747'8

        'Bauernfeind' or 'Bauernfreund': Chekhov and the Peasantry (in Russian), in  V. B. Kataev (ed.) Чеховиана: Взгляд из XXI века. Moscow. Наука. 2011, ISBN 978-5-02-037526-0, pp 113-23

        Семейство Бронтё (Brontí«), Гейша, и Три сестры in, Regine Nohejl, Heinz Setzer Anton P. Cechov ' der Dramatiker (drittes internationales Cechov-Symposium, Badenweiler im Oktober 2004 München: verlag Otto Sagner, 2012. ISBN 978-3866882300,  pp 365'70

        'The Life of St Nikoloz Dvali', 'The Life of St Luka of Jerusalem', in David Thomas, Alex Mallett. (eds) Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History, vol. 4 (1200'1350) Brill, 2012, pp 773'8. ISBN 9789004228542

'Time Bombs: the Posthumous and post-Soviet reinterpretation of two Georgian Novels (Mikeil Javakhishvili's Arsena Marabdeli, Otar Chiladze's A Man Went down the Road, in Art, Intellect and Politics: A Diachronic Perspective edited by G.M.A. Margagliotta and A.A. Robiglio. Leiden: Brill ISBN 9789004242173, pp. 583'92

'Maiakovsky and Georgian', in Art, Intellect and Politics: A Diachronic Perspective edited by G.M.A. Margagliotta and A.A. Robiglio, Leiden (Brill), 2012 ISBN 9789004242173, pp. 575'82



'Plus ça change'¦' [Conference paper East European Literature in Transition, SSEES, London, 5 xii 1992], tr. into Russian by O. Makarova, Filologicheskie zapiski Voronezh 2 (1994), pp. 120-135; broadcast BBC Radio 3, 1993, 1994

'Kak nas lishili poslednei nevinnosti ' 1968-i god', Inostrannaia literatura, Moscow 3 (1994), pp. 204-213 * 'Zametki ob Anglii', Inostrannaia literatura, Moscow 6 (1994), pp. 222-236

'Georgian Ornithonyms and their relation to Caucasian and Armenian', Annual of Armenian Linguistics (Cleveland, Ohio) 17 (December 1996), pp. 1-10

'A Virgil to his Dante: Gide's Reception of Dostoevsky', Forum for Modern Languages, St Andrews: October 2000, pp. 1-17

A Forgotten Poetess ' Shchepkina-Kupernik revalued', in Slavonic and East European Review, 79.4 (October 2001) pp. 601'637. ISNN 0037-6795

'The Exquisite Inquisitor: Viacheslav Menzhinsky as Poet and Hangman', in New Zealand Slavonic Journal, Wellington, New Zealand, 2003, pp. 91-109, ISNN 0028-8683


'Inventing Russia. English-Language Writers and Their Imagined Russia' PN Review vol. 38, N. 1, Sep./Oct. 2011, ISSN 0144-7076, pp 16'21


'Forgiving Forgery', Modern Language Review (Cambridge), vol.. 107, part 4 (October 2012), pp xxv'xli




Current Research Projects:

French consular reports from Tiflis 1820'98

full English edition of Ibn Sina (Avicenna) Laws of Medicine (Al Qanun fi-at Tibb)