Chekhov As a Mirror of Russian Anti-Semitism

Stanislav Grachyov


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Chekhov as a Mirror of Russian Anti-Semitism contains a complete analysis of the 64 Chekhov works that have Jewish characters or refers to Judaism. Chekhov’s Jewish characters span the spectrum of Russian society and geographical regions of Russia; Chekhov was clearly interested in the Jews.

Many readers have been alarmed by Chekhov’s frequent use of anti-Semitic slurs, and have questioned whether the writer had anti-Semitic inclinations. Grachyov argues that the great playwright did indeed have anti-Semitic tendencies. The foreword author David Markish, backs Grachyov’s conclusions, while the author of the afterword, Abram Kunik, argues the opposite point of view.

320 pages, with 19 photos
Publication date: November 18, 2019

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