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Tolstoy's Flight
November 01, 2010

Tolstoy's Flight

By Maya Kucherskaya

Author Pavel Basinsky has penned a new book about Tolstoy’s last days in Yasnaya Polyana and it has become a Russian bestseller, proving that the classic author is still widely popular in his homeland.

Frogs Who Begged...
November 01, 2010

Frogs Who Begged...

The fables of Ivan Krylov are rich fonts of Russian cultural wisdom and experience – reading and understanding them is vital to grasping the Russian worldview. This new edition of 62 of Krylov’s tales presents them side-by-side in English and Russian. The wonderfully lyrical translations by Lydia Razran Stone are accompanied by original, whimsical color illustrations by Katya Korobkina.

Raise a Glass to Jerome
October 07, 2010

Raise a Glass to Jerome

By Paul E. Richardson

This week I came across two excellent articles on the Art of Translation, one in the NY Times, the other in the National Post. The NY Times article, written by Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours, raises some fascinating ideas about how writing itself is an act of translation, from the writer's ideas and perception of what his perfect work might be...

Thoroughbred Post-Horses
September 08, 2010

Thoroughbred Post-Horses

By Paul E. Richardson

Alexander Pushkin famously called translators "the post-horses of literature." Well, two thoroughbreds who have worked with us on Russian Life and Chtenia have just been awarded grants from the National Endowment of the Arts to bring some important works to English. First, Anne Fisher, translator of our book, The Little Golden Calf:

Fish Anyone?
August 31, 2010

Fish Anyone?

By Paul E. Richardson

HOT OFF THE PRESSES! Our new novel, Fish: A History of One Migration, written by Peter Aleshkovsky and translated by Nina Shevchuk-Murray, has just arrived from the printer. They did a wonderful job and Fish will start shipping tomorrow morning.

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