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Arch Tait

A portrait of translator Arch Tait
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Arch Tait

Arch Tait learned Russian at Latymer Upper School, London; Trinity Hall, Cambridge; and Moscow State University. He has a PhD in Russian literature from Cambridge and began translating in earnest in 1986 after a meeting with Valentina Jacques, then editor of the magazine Soviet Literature. Since 1993 he has been the UK editor of the Glas New Russian Writing translation series. To date he has translated twenty-seven books, thirty-five short stories, and thirty articles by many of the leading Russian writers of today. His translation of Anna Politkovskaya’s Putin’s Russia won the inaugural English PEN Literature in Translation Prize in 2010.

Articles by Arch Tait

Petroleum Venus
By Alexander Snegiryov
“Vanya, why are you sitting in the dark?”“I’m looking at the picture,” came the imperturbable reply.“What picture?” What new fantasy had come into his mind? I walked up behind him and put a hand on his…
Translated from Russian by Arch Tait
Multilingual
Hello?
By Dmitry Biriukov
Have you ever traveled in an overcrowded bus? Rammed up against the window with your cheek squashed against the glass and the handrail bruising your ribs? No need to answer. Of course you have. No, really,…
Translated from Russian by Arch Tait
Multilingual
Pears from Gudauty
By Ludmila Ulitskaya
We could hear the dry coughing of our landlord, Khuta Kursua, through the partition wall, and Mother’s eyes were wide with fear. I was ten, my own lesions had barely healed, and now we were neighbors…
Translated from Russian by Arch Tait
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