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Michael Wood: Oblomov, 6 August 2009

Oblomov 
by Ivan Goncharov, translated by Marian Schwartz.
Seven Stories, 553 pp., £15.99, January 2009, 978 1 58322 840 1
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... the book’s slothful hero. Other translations describe his favourite posture as lying down, but Marian Schwartz boldly goes for ‘recumbence’, with its suggestion of ornate Latin repose: For Ilya Ilich, recumbence was neither a necessity, as it would be for an ill or sleepy man, nor an occasional occurrence, as for someone who was weary, nor a ...

Cloud-Brains

James Meek: Mikhail Shishkin, 22 November 2012

Maidenhair 
by Mikhail Shishkin, translated by Marian Schwartz.
Open Letter, 506 pp., £12.99, November 2012, 978 1 934824 36 8
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... of happiness. And where I once nearly suffocated from love, I can stop and shut the book.’ Marian Schwartz, Shishkin’s translator, has done a good job of turning his Russian into smooth, strong American English. It is understandable that she baulked at the biggest single challenge he presented, to find an alternative to the English word ...

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