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By Kirin Narayan

ISBN-10: 0226568180

ISBN-13: 9780226568188

Anton Chekhov is respected as a boldly cutting edge playwright and brief tale writer—but he wrote greater than simply performs and tales. In Alive within the Writing—an interesting hybrid of writing consultant, biography, and literary analysis—anthropologist and novelist Kirin Narayan introduces readers to a couple different aspects of Chekhov: his pithy, witty observations at the writing method, his existence as a author via money owed by way of his pals, family members, and enthusiasts, and his enterprise into nonfiction via his publication Sakhalin Island. via heavily getting to the folk who lived lower than the appalling stipulations of the Russian penal colony on Sakhalin, Chekhov confirmed how empirical information mixed with a literary aptitude can deliver readers nose to nose with far-off, varied lives, enlarging a feeling of human accountability.

Highlighting this stability of the empirical and the literary, Narayan calls on Chekhov to convey new strength to the writing of ethnography and inventive nonfiction alike. Weaving jointly decisions from writing through and approximately him with examples from different gifted ethnographers and memoirists, she bargains useful workouts and recommendation on issues reminiscent of tale, idea, position, individual, voice, and self. a brand new and vigorous exploration of ethnography, Alive within the Writing indicates how the genre’s attentive, sustained reference to the lives of others can turn into a strong instrument for any writer.


“[Kirin Narayan] has written a quick and incredible booklet approximately what it capability to be an ethnographer, and the way to do it responsibly, and better.”
(James wooden the hot Yorker)

“I was once skeptical approximately even if the writings of a nineteenth-century Russian playwright and storyteller, inspiring as they may be, may provide a lot suggestions within the extra prosaic job of crafting educational texts. however. . . . i made a decision to learn on besides. i'm pleased I did. Chekhov, at the very least in Kirin Narayan’s deft fingers, proved to be an incredibly strong resource of recommendation for the ethnographic writer.”
(James Staples magazine of the Royal Anthropological Institute)

“Narayan’s brief e-book can simply be learn as a guide, and a few (especially people with much less event to guarantee them that the doldrums do finally move) will locate it worthy for accurately that objective. however it is way greater than that. Narayan’s pleasure at assembly Chekhov around the literature-ethnography divide and the wealthy array of gorgeous ethnographic writing jointly forcefully remind us that ethnographic writing is rarely easily a descriptive workout. As I learn during the publication, i used to be many times struck through the experience of familiarity either with the dilemmas confronted via Narayan’s selected authors and with the exuberant outbursts with which they leaped around the constraints of a scholarly self-discipline to recapture the insights of fieldwork. If a doctoral pupil will locate useful information and encouragement the following, for a professional ethnographic author the comfort is available in the belief that there's corporation in these likely lonely moments while one struggles to render into understandable prose the robust presence in all fieldwork of the inchoate, the imponderable, and—what is usually the results of moral matters for the safety of one’s informants—the unsayable.”
(Michael Herzfeld American Anthropologist)

“Alive within the Writing is a gem of a e-book. Insightful and energetic to learn, it's of use to either starting and professional ethnographers, in addition to to a person who desires to enhance his or her writing approximately social lifestyles. . . . encouraged via her personal paintings as an anthropologist and folklorist, Narayan attracts on Chekhov’s lifestyles and his ethnographic paintings, Sakhalin Island, in addition to the works of different ethnographers, to supply an inventive, enticing, and hugely important sequence of workouts and suggestion to make ethnographic writing come alive.”
(Elizabeth positive magazine of Folklore Research)

“Chekhov’s special skill to be a scientist and an artist, a physician and a author, to constantly be found in his writings as an observer and narrator, unfailingly compassionate, yet by no means overbearing, makes Chekhov a task version to which we will be able to all aspire. After interpreting Narayan’s e-book, it's your decision to expire and skim Chekhov earlier than you sit to do any of your individual writing. i don't imagine Narayan might locate this scary in any respect. maybe it truly is even what she intends. i've got consistently heard it acknowledged that you just write in addition to what you learn. Bravo to Narayan for reminding us of this significant fact. She has basically realized deeply from her muse. Her writing flickers with all of the glittering characteristics of Chekhov’s work—brevity, precision, audacity, and the will to inform issues as they're, and to take action with love, humor, and abiding interest for what makes people such eternally fascinating creatures.”
(Ruth Behar present Anthropology)

“Balm for the loneliness and torment of the ethnographic author, this guide through probably the most distinctive deals the person a private writer's workshop, right away fascinating, healing, and useful. The author's mom, her such a lot astute reader, asks: ‘A lot of individuals don't have any challenge writing. the larger factor I'd prefer to be aware of is, do you will have any options on the way to placed all of the assorted little bits together?’ With assistance from Anton Chekhov, her muse and obsession, Narayan does.”--George Marcus, writer of Ethnography via Thick and Thin
(George Marcus 2011-11-22)

“Narayan skillfully weaves the tale of Anton Chekhov’s stopover at to Sakhalin Island and its literary/ethnographic consequence, deftly selected excerpts from modern ethnographic writing, and her personal adventure as anthropologist and instructor to create an insightful and particularly necessary set of strategies, information, and workouts for somebody writing ethnography themselves. learn it and use it, you won’t locate whatever better.”

(Howard S. Becker, writer of Writing for Social Scientists)

"The sustained interplay with Chekhov's existence, paintings, and writing practices is uncommon for a booklet dedicated to craft, yet it's a really effective and stress-free through-line. the writer weaves jointly wealthy examples from anthropological texts, and those examples collaborate superbly along with her inquiry into Chekhov's artistry and with the writing routines she provides. dependent of their simplicity and sensibleness, the routines invite readers to test, they usually aid translate theoretical ideas into issues that writers of all degrees share."

(Michele Morano 2011-11-22)

“With a deft contact and an not likely muse (Anton Chekhov), this consummate author and reader of ethnographies has became her deep appreciation of the craft and its promise right into a reward for anthropologists. Narayan bargains versions of and types for ethnographic writing that may encourage us. i'm wanting to train the ebook, yet simply as wanting to study from it.”--Lila Abu-Lughod, writer of Writing Women’s Worlds

(Lila Abu-Lughod 2011-11-22)

“Alive within the Writing is just a pride to learn. It walks its speak. it truly is wealthy in routines to strengthen an ethnographic writer's abilities and extraordinary in its tales of Chekhov as ethnographer. Narayan's excellent guide for writers (and readers) of ethnography in addition to inventive nonfiction might be a cornerstone for much-needed classes in writing culture.”--Renato Rosaldo, coauthor of tradition & Truth
(Renato Rosaldo 2011-11-22)

“Wise, lucid, loving—this guidebook of savvy illuminations will tutor and encourage scholars, lecturers, and all these misplaced and located within the writing process.”--James Clifford, writer of at the Edges of Anthropology

(James Clifford 2011-11-22)

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