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Marian Schwartz

Portrait of translator Marian Schwartz
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Marian Schwartz

Marian Schwartz has been translating Russian literature since the dawn of time, not only fiction but philosophy, criticism, fine art, and history. She has published stories in Subtropics, Grand Street, The Literary Review, North American Review, Two Lines, Words without Borders, and Yale Review, among other magazines, as well as in anthologies, and three dozen book-length translations, along with twenty issues of Russian Studies in Literature. 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. Her translation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s White Guard won the 2009 AATSEEL Award for Best Translation into English, and her translation of Ivan Goncharov’s classic Oblomov has now appeared in paperback from Yale University Press. In 2012, Europa Editions published her translation of Valery Panyushkin’s Twelve Who Don’t Agree, a collection of essays on the Russian political opposition.  Schwartz is a past president of the American Literary Translators Association.

Articles by Marian Schwartz

“The Tattered Cloak”: The Story of the Title
By Marian Schwartz
The Russophone reader will search in vain for a work by Nina Berberova entitled anything resembling “The Tattered Cloak.”  Yet not only did I publish a long story by her under that title,…
None of Your Business
By Natalia Klyuchareva
His mother smiled stupidly, flapped her heavily mascaraed eyelashes, and missed the plate with her fork.
Translated from Russian by Marian Schwartz
The Man Who Couldn’t Die
By Olga Slavnikova
Something suggested to Nina Alexandrovna that in this halted time there was no important difference between order and disorder.
Translated from Russian by Marian Schwartz
The Wondrous Deer of the Eternal Hunt
By Svetlana Alexievich
He was a wildly lonely person. I loved him.
Translated from Russian by Marian Schwartz