Category Archive: Russia

METONYMY, OR DAPPLED TRANSLATION: Robin Munby translates Vadim Muratkhanov


Translator’s Preface: Metonomy, or Dappled Translation by Robin Munby “Cultures cannot be translated”. These are the words of translation scholar Ovidi Carbonell.[1] While shorn of their context they may sound like little more… Continue reading

BEHIND THE IRONIC CURTAIN: ‘Mikhail and Margarita’ by Julia Lekstrom Himes


Julia Lekstrom Himes, Mikhail and Margarita (Europa Editions, 2017) By Henry King “The unacknowledged legislators of the world”, remarked W.H. Auden, in a rebuke to Percy Bysshe Shelley’s romanticism, “describes the secret police, not… Continue reading

FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES: Mikhail Lermontov’s ‘A Hero of Our Time’, trans. by Elizabeth Cheresh Allen


Mikhail Lermontov, A Hero of our Time, translated by Elizabeth Cheresh Allen (Northwestern University Press, 1840/2016) By Alex Fleming “You’ll say to me again that an individual can’t be so bad, but I’ll say to… Continue reading