Donald Rayfield

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Donald Rayfield
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OccupationProfessor of Georgian and Russian languages, Translator
Known forStalin and His Hangmen
Notable work
Kvachi Kvachantiradze
A Man Was Going Down the Road

(Patrick) Donald Rayfield (born February 1942, Oxford) is professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary University of London. He is an author of books about Russian and Georgian literature, and about Joseph Stalin and his secret police. He is also a series editor for books about Russian writers and intelligentsia. He translated Georgian and Russian poets and prose writers.


  • Anton Chekhov: A Life (1997) ISBN 0-00-255503-4 (and several other reprints)
  • Stalin and His Hangmen (2004) ISBN 0-375-50632-2 (and several other reprints)
  • Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and the Wood Demon (2007)
  • The Cherry Orchard: Catastrophe and Comedy (1994) ISBN 0-8057-4451-7
  • Dream of Lhasa: The Life of Nikolay Przhevalsky (1976)
  • The Garnett Book of Russian Verse (2000)
  • Understanding Chekhov: A Critical Study of Chekhov's Prose and Drama
  • The Literature of Georgia: A History (2000)
  • A Comprehensive Georgian-English Dictionary (2006)
  • Dead Souls, translation of Gogol's 1842 novel (2008; 2012)
  • Edge of Empires: A History of Georgia (2012)

Translations from Georgian[edit]