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Shelley Fairweather-Vega

Portrait of translator Shelley Fairweather-Vega

Shelley Fairweather-Vega

Shelley Fairweather-Vega translates from Uzbek and Russian into English, specializing in texts concerning culture, history and politics. “The Stone Guest” was her first collaboration with Hamid Ismailov. She has also translated two other Uzbek stories and two novels by Ismailov, published in 2019 and 2020, and fiction by several other authors from Russia and Central Asia. Shelley is the president of the Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society and she lives in Seattle.

Articles by Shelley Fairweather-Vega

6:00 p.m. after the Quarantine
By Lilya Kalaus
“The world will remain untouchable and unknowable, whether you’re in its corona or not.”
Translated from Russian by Shelley Fairweather-Vega
The Nanny
By Aigul Kemelbayeva
The technological age regulates social relations with its robotic fingers, and it does not give a damn about your naturally noble spirit.
Translated from Kazakh by Shelley Fairweather-Vega
By Zaure Batayeva
Who needs Kazakh? We are moving to Russia anyway.
Translated from Kazakh by Zaure Batayeva & Shelley Fairweather-Vega
The Beskempir
By Zira Naurzbayeva
It was the old grandmas themselves, each and every one of them, who were most interesting to me.
Translated from Russian by Shelley Fairweather-Vega
Writing by Kazakh Women
By Shelley Fairweather-Vega & Zaure Batayeva
Kazakhstan is the largest country by landmass to emerge from the breakup of the Soviet Union aside from Russia itself, but it has had an undersized impact on world literature.
Sculpting in Uzbek
By Shelley Fairweather-Vega
Translators sometimes try to refrain from passing judgment, but I feel compelled to say that Uzbek is a strange and mysterious language. It is built on a solid Turkic framework fleshed out with some Persian…
The Stone Guest
By Hamid Ismailov
Suhrob Surataliyev’s friends used to tease him by calling him Zurab Tsereteli. Suhrob was a sculptor by trade, but he was somewhat less of a household name than the popular Tsereteli, whose oversized…
Translated from Uzbek by Shelley Fairweather-Vega