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By Samantha Sherry

Regardless of annoying and infrequently antagonistic kinfolk among the USSR and the West, Soviet readers have been voracious shoppers of international tradition and literature because the West used to be either a version for emulation and a possible hazard. Discourses of rules and Resistance explores this ambivalent and contradictory angle to the West and employs intensive research of archive fabric to provide a finished learn of the censorship of translated literature within the Soviet Union.

Detailed case stories from of crucial Soviet literary journals, research how editors and the gurus mediated and manipulated identical to the West, tracing debates and interventions within the book method. Drawing upon fabric from Soviet information, it indicates how editors and translators attempted to barter among their very own beliefs and the calls for of Soviet ideology, combining censorship and resistance in a fancy interaction of practices.

As a part of a brand new and turning out to be physique of labor on translation as a cultural phenomenon, this ebook will make crucial examining for college kids and students operating in Translation reports in addition to cultural historians of Russia and the Soviet Union.

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147 It was during the more hopeful days of the Thaw that Lungina established her career as a translator. Unable to find other work, she turned to a friend, Boris Gribanov, who was at that time the head of the foreign 38 co nte x t literature section at the Children’s State Publishing House. 148 Lungina’s translation of the story ‘Karlsson på taket’ (Karlsson-­on-­the-­ roof) by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren established her reputation in the Soviet Union. 149 Her memoir carefully crafts a narrative that paints translation not simply as an escape from Soviet reality, but as a completely separate sphere where creativity, not politics, was of prime importance.

55.  152. 56.  8. 57.  58. 58.  65. 59.  37. The fall in the 1960s also occurred, though less sharply, in Russian literature and the literature of the Soviet republics.  184.  29. The 1964 statistics conflate figures for books and brochures. RGANI, f. 11, op. 1, d. 8, ll. 95–8.  45. RGANI, f. 11, op. 1, d 226, ll.  33–8. RGANI, f. 11, op. 1, d. 8, ll. 95–8.  45. RGANI, f. 11, op. 1, d. 18, ll. 116–17.  64–5.  28. The literal/free translation debate has characterised much of the writing on translation, from the very first foundational statements made by Cicero and St Jerome.

Translations should read as though they had been originally written in Russian; they should ‘reach out to the reader’,89 so that they would be accessible to the broad masses. 90 Realist translation was, as the name suggests, more than a simple linguistic approach; rather it was conceived of as a branch of socialist realism. Realist translations were to interpret the original in the light of the target cultural and historical context and, instead of simply carrying out a straight linguistic transfer, should portray a deeper truth; crucially, that truth should be tuned to the Soviet ideological context.

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