Richard Pevear is an American-born poet and translator who frequently collaborates with his wife, Larissa Volokhonsky, on translations of Russian novels. The husband-and-wife team live in Paris and are said to work in a two-step process: Volokhonsky, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, prepares a literal translation of the Russian text, and Pevear adapts the literal into polished and stylistically appropriate English. Saint Petersburg listen (Russian: Санкт-Петербу́рг, English transliteration: Sankt-Peterburg), colloquially known as Питер (transliterated Piter), formerly known as Leningrad (Ленингра́д, 1924–1991) and Petrograd (Петрогра́д, 1914–1924), is a city located in Northwestern Russia on the delta of the river Neva at the east end of the Gulf of... Literal translation refers to the result of translating text from one language to another; translating each word independently as opposed to translating the entire phrase. ...
Pevear was born in Boston and earned a bachelor's degree from Allegheny College and a master's degree from the University of Virginia. As of 2006, he teaches classes at the American University of Paris. Allegheny College is a small private liberal arts college located in Meadville, Pennsylvania located 90 miles north of Pittsburgh and 90 miles east of Cleveland. ... Website Virginia. ... Founded in 1962, The American University of Paris (AUP) is the oldest American institution of higher learning in Europe. ...
Selected bibliography of translations by Pevear and Volokhonsky
The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1990).
Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1992).
RichardPevear and Larissa Volokhonsky are forging quite a career for themselves in this business of refashioning the English to make it transparent again.
Pevear and Volkhonsky are correct, for instance: Tolstoy doesn't write about Anna's brother's 'powerful lungs' (as the old translation has him do) at all, but (indeed) about the 'broad box of his chest'.
Anna Karenina translated by RichardPevear and Larissa Volokhonsky is published by Allen Lane The Penguin Press.
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