Marian Schwartz translates Russian classic and contemporary fiction, history, biography, criticism, and fine art. She is the principal English translator of the works of Nina Berberova and translated the New York Times’ bestseller The Last Tsar, by Edvard Radzinsky, as well as classics by Mikhail Bulgakov, Ivan Goncharov, Yuri Olesha, Mikhail Lermontov, and Leo Tolstoy. Her most recent publications are Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's March 1917: The Red Wheel, Node III, Book 1, Leonid Yuzefovich’s Horsemen of the Sands, and Olga Slavnkova’s The Man Who Couldn’t Die: The Tale of an Authentic Human Being. She is a past president of the American Literary Translators Association and the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowships and numerous prizes, including the 2014 Read Russia Prize for Contemporary Russian Literature, the 2016 Soeurette Diehl Frasier Award from the Texas Institute of Letters, and the 2018 Linda Gaboriau Award for Translation from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
My translation of one of Nina Berberova’s finest novellas, “Resurrection of Mozart,” has been included in Found in Translation: 100 of the Finest Short Stories Ever Translated, selected by Frank Wynne. The novella first appeared in 1991 The Tattered Cloak and Other Stories.
Speaking of Berberova, there has been a gratifying flurry of interest in The Revolt, first at kaggsysbookishramblings (“The Compromises of Love”), then in Pechorin’s Journal, with reference to a 2017 review at “His Futile Preoccupations …” and to Berberova more generally. Hold that thought.
Nobel Prize–winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s March 1917: The Red Wheel, Node III, Book 1 has been named a 2018 Outstanding Academic title by Choice magazine. Book 2 will be published in November 2019.
Check out my recent post on the Columbia University Press blog, “On Translating the Title of The Man Who Couldn’t Die” here, and my other recent post, on the Center for the Art of Translation’s blog, “On the Outside Looking In,” about translating Leonid Yuzefovich’s Horsemen of the Sands, here.