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MARGARET WINCHELL is a Slavic librarian and author as well as a translator specializing in Russian literature. A graduate of Indiana University, she published her first book, Armed With Patience: Daily Life in Post-Soviet Russia, in 1998 after several extensive stays in St. Petersburg during the turbulent 1990s. She is currently at work on a biography of one of that city’s islands, Vasily’s Island. Major translations, with co-translator Gerald Mikkelson, include Siberia, Siberia and Siberia on Fire, both by Valentin Rasputin. Her most recent translation, The Cathedral Clergy by Nikolai Leskov, was published by Slavica in 2010.