A 1914 painting by Leonid Pasternak of the Pasternak children, left to right: Boris, Josephine, Lydia, Alexander Pasternak

Sarah J. Young will chair the discussion between Nicolas Pasternak Slater and Rosamund Bartlett, who will share their insight into the process of translating Russian classics, an issue which continues to spark controversy even today, with a focus on the works of Fyodor Dostoevsky and Leo Tolstoy,

Oxford University Press have published a brand new edition of Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky as part of their Russia Centenary Season featuring  a new translation by Boris Pasternak’s nephew, Nicolas Pasternak Slater and edited by Sarah J. Young.

Oxford University Press’ edition of Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy features a translation by Rosamund Bartlett, who has also written an introduction to The Russian Soul: Selections from a Writer’s Diary by Fyodor Dostoevsky published by Notting Hill Editions, which contains large sections devoted to Dostoevsky’s thoughts on Anna Karenina, as well as substantial reference to Crime and Punishment.

Nicolas Pasternak Slater has translated several works by Boris Pasternak, most recently The Family Correspondence, 1921–1960 (Hoover Press, 2010). For Oxford World’s Classics he has translated Lermontov’s A Hero of Our Time and Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories.

Rosamund Bartlett has published widely in the fields of Russian literature and music. Her books include Wagner and Russia (CUP, 2007) and Shostakovitch in Context (OUP, 2000), as well as biographies of Chekhov and Tolstoy. Her life of Tolstoy was long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize. As a translator she has published the first unexpurgated edition of Chekhov’s letters for Penguin Classics, and her translation of Chekhov’s short stories, About Love and Other Stories, for Oxford World’s Classics was shortlisted for the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize. She was until 2006 Reader and Head of Department of Russian at the University of Durham, and she is the Founding Director of the Anton Chekhov Foundation, set up to preserve Chekhov’s house in Yalta, for which she was awarded the Chekhov 150th Anniversary Medal in 2010 by the Russian government.

Sarah J. Young is Senior Lecturer in Russian at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, where she teaches and researches nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature, culture and thought.  She is the author of Dostoevsky’s ‘The Idiot’ and the Ethical Foundations of Narrative (Anthem Press, 2004), and co-editor of Dostoevsky on the Threshold of Other Worlds (Bramcote Press, 2006).

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Taking its cue from the vivid contribution of the short text to European cultural life and judging that the moment is right to reinvigorate the essay, Notting Hill Editions is devoted to the best in essayistic nonfiction writing

Part of The Future Remains: Revisiting Revolutiona season marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution.