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KONSTANTIN AZADOVSKY (b. 1941) is a literary scholar and translator known for his translations of German literature, particularly the works of Rainer Maria Rilke, and his scholarly work on the Russian Symbolists. During the 1980s Azadovsky was sentenced to two years of hard labor in Magadan after refusing to testify against a journalist, and was subsequently rehabilitated in 1989. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Zvezda and New Literary Observer, directs the executive committee of the St. Petersburg PEN chapter, and has been a juror for the Russian Booker Prize.