Donald Rayfield

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Donald Rayfield
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Occupation(s)Professor of Georgian and Russian languages, Translator
Known forStalin and His Hangmen
Notable workKvachi Kvachantiradze
A Man Was Going Down the Road
The Literature of Georgia: A History
A Comprehensive Georgian-English Dictionary
Edge of Empires: A History of Georgia

Patrick Donald Rayfield OBE (born 12 February 1942, Oxford) is an English academic and Emeritus Professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary University of London.[1] 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 has translated Georgian, Russian and Uzbek poets and prose writers.


  • Dream of Lhasa: The Life of Nikolay Przhevalsky (1976)
  • The Cherry Orchard: Catastrophe and Comedy (1994) ISBN 0-8057-4451-7
  • Anton Chekhov: A Life (1997) ISBN 0-00-255503-4 (and several other reprints)
  • Understanding Chekhov: A Critical Study of Chekhov's Prose and Drama (1999)
  • The Garnett Book of Russian Verse (2000)
  • The Literature of Georgia: A History (2000)
  • Stalin and His Hangmen (2004) ISBN 0-375-50632-2 (and several other reprints)
  • A Comprehensive Georgian-English Dictionary (2006)
  • Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and the Wood Demon (2007)
  • Edge of Empires: A History of Georgia (2012)

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  1. ^ "Donald Rayfield - School of Languages, Linguistics and Film". Retrieved 25 June 2020.