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Voicing the Masters (and Mistresses): Translation with Variations

Marina Warner is in conversation with Robert Chandler about Russian translation, with particular reference to Platonov.

Marina Warner, the prominent writer, critic, historian and broadcaster, will address the wide variation in translated versions of Russian texts. Her conversation with Robert Chandler will focus on Andrey Platonov in particular. Chandler has translated and co-translated several of Platonov’s novels, including, with Elizabeth Chandler and Olga Meerson, a new edition of the absurdist parable The Foundation Pit, Platonov’s most overtly political book, written in direct response to the brutalities of Stalin’s collectivisation of Russian agriculture. It is a literary masterpiece which deforms and transforms language in seeking to evoke unspeakable realities. This English translation is the first and only one to be based on the definitive edition published by Pushkin House in Moscow.


Professor Marina Warner | talks
Professor Robert Chandler | talks


Date and Time:

21 June 2009 at 3:30 pm


1 hour



Stevenson Room, The British Museum
Great Russell Street
020 7209 1141
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London Review Bookshop
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£8 (£5)

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