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About meRussophile, Russophone
A bit nomadic
Writerly, Poetly, Readerly
Literary translator from Russian. My first novel translation - Istemi, by Alexei Nikitin - was released in March 2013 by Peter Owen Ltd. Subtly Worded, a collection of short stories by the wonderful Teffi will be released by Pushkin Press in June 2014.


1) Damned (Chuck Palahniuk)
2) The Sirens of Titan (Kurt Vonnegut)
3) Bring Up the Bodies (Hilary Mantel)
4) Где-то на краю света (Татьяна Устинова) ​
5) Engineers of the Soul (Frank Westerman, tr Sam Garrett)
6) Благие намерения (Александра Маринина) ​
7) Дорога (Александра Маринина) ​
8) Ад (Александра Маринина)
9) The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr (E T A Hoffmann, tr Anthea Bell)
10) Пакт (Полина Дашкова)
11) Zenith Hotel (Oscar Coop-Phane, tr Ros Schwartz)
12) Flaubert's Parrot (Julian Barnes)
13) Life After Life (Kate Atkinson)
14) Flame into Being (Anthony Burgess)
15) Butterflies in November (Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, tr Brian FitzGibbon)
16) Under the Mountain Wall (Peter Matthiesen)
17) My Uncle Napoleon (Iraj Pezeshkzad, tr Dick Davis)
18) An Armenian Sketchbook (Vasily Grossman, tr Robert and Elizabeth Chandler)
19) Эра Милосердия (Аркадий и Георгий Вайнер) ​
20) The Way of Muri (Yuri Boyshaov, tr Amanda Love Darragh)
21) Into the Whirlwind (Evgenia Ginzberg, tr Paul Stevenson and Manya Harari)
22) Nowhere People (Paulo Scott, tr Daniel Hahn)
23) Monsignor Quixote (Graham Greene)
24) A Sentimental Journey (Viktor Shklovsky, tr Richard Sheldon)
25) The Blue Room (Hanne Ørstavik, tr Deborah Dawkin)
26) Asylum Piece (Anna Kavan)
27) Austerlitz (W G Sebald, tr Anthea Bell)
28) Blaugast (Paul Leppin, tr Cynthia A Klima)
29) Brodeck's Report (Philippe Claudel, tr John Cullen)
30) The Library at Night (Alberto Manguel)
31) The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery, tr Alison Anderson)
32) Under the Tripoli Sky (Kamal Ben Hameda, tr Adriana Hunter)
33) The Buddha's Return (Gaito Gazdanov, tr Bryan Karetnyk)
34) The Plato Papers (Peter Ackroyd)
35) The Detour (Gerbrand Bakker, tr David Colmer)
36) Azazeel (Youssef Ziedan, tr Jonathan Wright)
37) Travels with Herodotus (Ryszard Kapuscinski, tr Klara Glowczewska)
38) The Good Life Elsewhere (Vladimir Lorchenkov, tr Ross Ufberg)


1) Helping Verbs of the Heart (Peter Esterhazy, tr Michael Henry Heim)
2) The Emperor (Ryszard Kapuscinski, tr William R Brand and Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand)
3) Anatomy of Restlessness (Bruce Chatwin)
4) Women in Love (D H Lawrence)
5) Men Without Women (Ernest Hemingway)
6) Reading Like a Writer (Francine Prose)
7) Маленькая девочка из "Метрополя" (​Ludmilla Petrushevskaya)
8) The Thirty-Nine Steps (John Buchan)
9) The Wisdom of Father Brown (G K Chesterton)
10) A Long Way Gone (Ishmael Beah)
11) Winter in Madrid (C J Sansom)
12) Авантюрный роман (Тэффи)
13) Рубашка (Евгений Гришковец) ​
14) Catch 22 (Joseph Heller)
15) Traveller of the Century (Andres Neumann, tr Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia)
16) Протяжение точки (Андрей Балдин) ​
17) The War of the Worlds (H G Wells)
18) The Wasp Factory (Iain Banks)
19) Black Vodka (Deborah Levy)
20) All Dogs are Blue (Rodrigo de Souza Leao, tr Zoe Perry and Stefan Tobler)
21) Воспоминания (Тэффи)
22) Quesadillas (Juan Pablo Villalobos, tr Ros Harvey)
23) The Spectre of Alexander Wolf (Gaito Gazdanov, tr Bryan Karetnyk)
24) Dubrovsky (Alexander Pushkin, tr Robert Chandler)
25) Bend Sinister (Vladimir Nabokov)
26) The Siege of Krishnapur (J G Farrell)
27) The Thirteenth Tribe (Arthur Koestler)
28) She Loves Me (Peter Esterhazy, tr Judith Sollosy)
29) Russian Gypsy Tales (tr James Riordan)
30) Mr Darwin's Gardener (Kristina Carlson, tr Emily and Fleur Jeremiah)
31) Chasing the King of Hearts (Hanna Krall, tr Philip Boehm)
32) Шампанское с желчью (Фридрих Горенштейн) ​
33) The Best British Short Stories 2011 (ed Nicholas Royle)
34) Fanny von Arnstein: Daughter of the Enlightenment (Hilde Spiel, tr Christine Shuttleworth)
35) Lolly Willowes (Sylvia Townsend Warner)
36) Double Negative (Ivan Vladislavic)
37) Ivan the Fool: Russian Folk Belief (Andrei Sinyavsky, tr Joanne Turnbull)
38) Последний сон разума (Дмитрий Липскеров) ​
39) The Dead Lake (Hamid Ismailov, tr Andrew Bromfield)
40) Moscow Tales (ed & tr Sasha Dugdale)
41) Paradises (Iosi Havilio, tr Beth Fowler)
42) Watercolour Sky (William Riviere)

About my libraryMy library shows a strong slant toward things Russian. Lately I've been loading up on works related to translation theory as I am doing a MA in translation studies. I highly recommend writing on translation from the "cultural turn" onward - it's fascinating! The earlier polemics on equivalence (yes, the debate is heated and at times, acrimonious) is less interesting for the content than the for the diatribe. Equivalence is, after all, a matter of interpretation!

BOOKS THAT I WANT (now that I'm a poor freelancer and can only dream of what I want rather than buying what I want)

Particles in Colloquial Russian, by A N Vasilyeva

Red Spectres: Russian 20th-century Gothic-fantastic Tales, edited and translated by Muireann Maguire

The Worlds of Russian Village Women: Tradition, Transgression, Compromise, by Laura J Olson and Svetlana Adonyeva

If This be Treason: Translation and Its Dyscontents, a Memoir, by Gregory Rabassa

Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams, by Charles King

The Man Who Walked Through Walls, by Marcel Ayme

Marketa Lazarova, by Vladislav Vancura - to be published by Twisted Spoon in March 2013

My First Wife, by Jakob Wassermann

Forgotten Land: Journeys Among the Ghosts of East Prussia, by Max Egremont

Restless Nights: Selected Stories of Dino Buzzati

The Twin, by Gerbrand Bakker

About Time, by Simona Sparaco

Seven Houses in France, by Bernardo Atxaga

The Elephant, by Slawomir Mrozek

Blooms of Darkness, by Aharon Appelfeld

Anton Chekhov: A Life in Letters

Ryszard Kapuscinski: A Life

The Life of Avvakum

Wolf among wolves, by Hans Fallada

The Drinker, by Hans Fallada

Every man dies alone, by Hans Fallada

The Collected Stories of Heinrich Boll

Apricot Jam and Other Stories, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, by Noam Chomsky

The Other Russia: The Experience of Exile, by Michael Glenny and Norman Stone

Anton Chekhov: A Life, by Donald Rayfield

Under the Glacier, by Halldor Laxness

The Jews of Khazaria, by Kevin Alan Brook

The New Russian Poets, edited by George Reavey

Dreiser's Russian Diary

Groups40-Something Library Thingers, And Other Stories, Cornwall & Devon Booklovers, Dalkey Archive, Facebook Users, Fans of Russian authors, In Translation, It's a LondonThing, Literary Snobs, Literature of Georgia (Sakartvelo)show all groups

Favorite authorsJorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, Elias Canetti, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Patrick Hamilton, Bohumil Hrabal, Franz Kafka, Tadeusz Konwicki, Javier Marías, Carson McCullers, Vladimir Nabokov, Vasko Popa, D. M. Thomas (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBiblio-Globus (БИБЛИО-ГЛОБУС, Торговый Дом)

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Member sinceFeb 8, 2008

Currently readingBabylon by Viktor Pelevin
Slouching towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
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Aristonomia by Boris Akunin
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Welina no. (greetings)
Your library is fascinating. Iʻm going to use it as a Reading List. Honestly, until recently, when W. Bruce Lincolnʻs BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL (sounds like a novel!) fell UPON ME (yes, my husband dropped it in my lap), I HAD NOT READ ANY RUSSIAN POETRY that I could remember even one solitary title, although everybody knows the authors. And the Novelists, OMG. Who can forget them? Well, Kunitz and Hayward set it off -- AKIHMATOVA. The Beginning brought forth a series of responses. To reach Russians in Russia and elsewhere, I put them into I donʻt know if that counts as Published or not, and I donʻt really care, but I would love to know if Russians in Russia who know English have read the responses: itʻs to thank them; bind; together, one, with differences, in spirit! . . . I found that the translations (e.g. Kunitz for Akhmatova, Merwin for Neruda, Rexroth for Li-Chiʻang-Chao etc., Paul Schmidt for MANY (Tsvetaeva etc.) are for (the English reader like me) EVERYTHING! At least to me. So thatʻs a barrier for English readers. Nabokov said the reason Russian literature is not known and not known as Great is because there are few translators -- even in English, it seems? must be true. Thank God for Nabokov; he did us a great service. Still, WHO IS THE BEST TRANSLATOR OF TSVETAEVA? I want to read Brownʻs translation of Mandelstam -- the few poems of his that Iʻve read are EXTRA-ORdiNARY!
Stanley Kunitz and Max Howardʻs translation of Akhmatovaʻs poems led me to read W. Bruce Lincolnʻs BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL, which led to Ossip Mandelstam,etc. Lincoln says Russian literature suffers from a lack of translations into English. Today, I discovered Dr. Ilya Perelmutterʻs online journal of translated poems into and out of Russian, FOUR CENTURIES . . . it is wonderful: in particular the translations by Cigale and Probstein. And then Iʻve just discovered, while browsing, your library. I will try to read your works on Russian literature. This is for me (retired) a waking. My heartfelt thanks.
Oh, yes, and

1) if I've not yet recycled my copy of Sparaco's About Time, would you like to have it?

2) is it true that 'gore vidal' is a heartfelt Russian exclamation?
Thanks for adding my library as 'interesting' - things Russian no doubt. I see that you are reading Ben Lerner's 'At the Atocha Station' - he has a rather good short story in the just published 'Paris Review' (205/Summer 2103) 'False Spring' - and I'm interested in his novel. One reviewer, possibly on Amazon, sees it as a more succinct version of Bolano's 'The savage detectives', which, coincidentally, I'm half way through and enjoying. Interested to hear your thoughts on the Lerner novel.


ps. perhaps you could take on completing trans of Solzhenitsyn's 'The Red Wheel' series....I caused consternation with my translator in Moscow in 1973 by discussing Solzhenitsyn with Librarians at the Lenin Library - so much so she walked out, telling me that Solzhenitsyn was a traitor etc etc.
Surely no one could fail to be charmed by someone who asks you to be a friend without knowing what a friend is; I've duly clicked yes. When finished listing/clearing up the mess I've made listing books and when the Giro d'Italia allows, I'd like to ask you more about what you say on this page of issues re translation . . .
Thank you very much. I thought though I should ask you what it means--? I know it's done on facebook, but I don't do facebook. If it means that you'll buy any books of my choosing, of course; if it means that I have to mind your children over the summer holidays, absolutely not.

I'm nearly finished w. cataloguing & look forward to checking out your books once I'm done. I see Sparaco's About Time on your wish list; if you've not yet got it, I did a review of it on amazon that might well serve as a warning . . . Cheers.
Another INFP!

There seem to be a lot of IN's here. Not surprising I guess given its all about online, books and ideas!

Yes, Keirsey calls INTJs masterminds. We aim to dominate the world. But in a good way.
Thanks, Anisoara, for the invitation to join the new group. To date, I have read only [Swimming Home] by this publisher. I really like the idea of subscription, and am eager to learn more about how that works. For now, I will be watching the group and may officially join after I've had an opportunity to read more of their books.
Hi Anisoara, Thanks for inviting me to join the And Other Stories group. I wasn't familiar with that publisher, but it looks intriguing, so even though I belong to too many groups, I'll join! Not sure when I'll get around to getting or reading any of their books though. Rebecca
Hello Anisoara,

Thank you for the invitation, but because I have difficulty keeping up with the reading I do for my job, I don't feel I could fully participate in the Reading Groups. I must decline.

Having said that, I would like to see more translations of Alvaro Cunqueiro's books. Last year I read Merlin and Company and enjoyed it very much. I wanted to read more and was disappointed to learn that Merlin and Company was the only one of his books which has been translated into English.

Gregory McKinney (Homeless)
Hello Anisoara,
"the sheer number" -- but as to keeping track with LT: ideally, yes. But I have hundreds of books not yet entered, since even that takes time away from reading, and from writing. Then the nature of LT as Tantalus: just now looking at the list generated by comparing holdings of "interesting" readers with the same titles. I looked at your list next to mine and noted that while a great number of books showing as ones I should "borrow" figuratively from you, are ones that I already have, but have not yet entered to my LT site. But then: absolutely intrigued by two books you have -- The Case of Comrade Tuleyev and The Letter Killers Club I couldn't resist ordering from Utter madness really, and do I don't dare work out the math of books remaining to be read on one axis charted against a y axis of numbers of hours per day, days in a lifetime or what (possibly) remains of it, not even factoring the trivial matter of bookshelf space, given the tendency of biblio-stalagmites. I originally studied Russian out of love of Russian literature, so my knowledge of the language is purely passive and biblioidiotic. (ahhh Myshkin!)and mostly alas in English translation. On Sundays (Russian days) I'm reading The Golden Calf, featuring the wonderful born-again Ostap Bender.

AND I've also added to my wish list Nikitin's Istemi.
Next world Novella is one of the ones not read, enjoyed the murder of Halland, but absolutely loved Sea of Ink, had recently finished The art of haiku its history through poems & paintings & although the art was haiga & not the Chinese Shuimohua style they share enough similarities that it added a nice reference to my reading of Richard Weihe's book.
Hi Anisoara, Thanks for the invite, have been a fan of their books for a while. I see you've rated The Brothers have you read any other Peirene books if not look out for Maybe this Time, it's well worth a read.
Thanks for the correction about Other Stories. In fact, the Levy and Meyer books were the two that I checked.
Hello Anisoara,
thanks for the invitation -- I think I accepted, though it's late here, and I've just been reading some of Calvino's Fabie italiane . . . .trying to keep up my languages by designating at least a solid hour of reading one day a week in each of them. Then there are the English language books that enter the house and seem to multiply. Now you've introduced me to a passel of new books, and I suddenly think of Hrabal's Too Loud a Solitude.

Andrea J.
Thank you for your invitation to your new group. I am not a lover of short stories, so I won't join, but I wish you a lot of interest and good conversation.
Wasn't The Polish Boxer a wonderful book? I really needed to reread it as soon as I finished, but I didn't do it.
Just wanted to wail at my own wall. Too poor to play at SantaThing this year.
Thanks for letting me know about Chandler's new anthology - I hadn't heard about it. Will look out for it!
Dear anisoara; tag translation is available at
Please follow "Tag translation : Untranslated and per-member translations". Maybe you can help translating / voting. Thanks in advance!
Best regards "Reinhardt"
Ah, that Teffi collection sounds good too! I've read a couple of her stories - "Love" and "A Family Journey" - in Robert Chandler's collection "Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida". I did find them quite compelling - wrote a mini-review of them on my blog ( So would be interested to read more of her work!
Thanks for visiting! Yes, a definite Russian literature fan. Your novel translation sounds interesting - never heard of Nikitin, so will be good to discover his work. Look forward to reading!
Thanks for adding my library to your list of interesting ones!

Best wishes,
Darryl (kidzdoc)
Super jealous of your library! Thanks for friending me, but I'm afraid I'm not that interesting to follow. I'm a slow reader and my library is not particularly extensive. But, yay for Russian!
I just wanted to thank you for your suggestions to my SantaThing Santa! I will add the author Sarah Bower to my "One day you shall be mine" list. I love historical novels and when you recommend her books as "beautifully written" then I can't wait to read them. Again, thank you for the recommendations!

a.k.a. TheFlamingoReads
Glad to hear the books arrived, and I hope you enjoy them!
How I am looking forward to being someone's Secret Book Santa!
How did you get a copy of Deborah Levy's Swimming Home so early? I thought it wasn't being released until October of this year. You must have found an early reviewer copy. I love Deborah Levy.

Hope you are doing well.

- Joseph.
I just now received my SantaThing gifts, so a sincere thank you is in order. Thank you. It's pretty hard to come up with an author completely unfamiliar to me, and you managed to do it twice. I'm not sure whether to start with the Czech tale of grotesque horror or the tapestry of Uzbek life, but rest assured that I'll be getting to both of them soon.
Thanks for getting back to me -- I was afraid my e-mails had vanished in the ether!

if you order €75 or more worth of books, delivery is free. You probably know this already!

I did not, and I thank you for the information.
I really want this:

Sure, give me your e-mail address and I'll send the timeline as an attachment.

Another blog you'd probably like:

For that matter, you'd probably enjoy mine (, because I write a lot about Russian lit.

No, I'm not familiar with Сноб; do they have an online presence? I'm afraid I'm too broke to consider buying even a moderately expensive magazine, assuming I could find a copy here in the Pioneer Valley. Anyway, I've got enough reading piled up already! (I'm now reading Tynyanov's "Podporuchik Kizhe," which is delightful, and looking forward to his Smert' Vezir-Mukhtara.)
Thanks for adding me to your list, since it led me to discover your excellent library. Nice to find a fellow fan of both Shklovsky and Teffi! Do you know about the blog Lizok's Bookshelf? I suspect you'd enjoy it as much as I do. Feel free to drop me a line at languagehat AT if exchanging LT comments seems too cumbersome; I always enjoy yakking about Russian literature.

THanks for your interest in my library. Yours is awesome, especially your Russian collection. I hope to have a collection like that someday, but getting Russian books out here is not always easy.

I see you are a friend of DM Thomas. (I am eavesdropping...) I am not familiar with his poetry, but I do admire his translations of Pushkin very much.

Are you a Russian speaker? Learning?
Mr. Thomas says they miss you in the poetry group...
The weird thing is that I ordered it late Saturday (normal delivery) and it is already here on Monday. I love the cover. I am a huge Edvard Munch fan. I am becoming a fan of Bloodaxe Books. If they are really "poetry with an edge", like their site proclaims, then they will love my poems.
Thanks! I just ordered a copy of The Puberty Tree off of
You're friends with D.M. Thomas? That must be extremely rewarding! I didn't know that he wrote poetry. I will definitely look for one of his poetry books. I would love for him to see some of my poetry, but I won't even ask you about it because I know how busy he must be.
Have you read Alexander Theroux? I have read ABOUT him, but have never read any of his books. I am going to plunge into "Darconville's Cat" soon.

I too loved "The White Hotel" by D.M. Thomas. It is a book that I often recommend to people.

It is amazing that we have 160 books in common.

Hi, your short stories collections are excellent...
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