Donald Rayfield

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 and Russian poets and prose writers.

Donald Rayfield
OccupationProfessor of Georgian and Russian languages, Translator
Known forStalin and His Hangmen
Notable work
Kvachi 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


  • 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)

Translations from Russian

Translations from Georgian