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Author Lungina, L. Z., author.

Title Word for word : a translator's memoir of literature, politics, and survival in Soviet Russia / Lilianna Lungina as told to Oleg Dorman ; translated from the Russian by Polly Gannon and Ast A. Moore.

Publication Info. New York, NY ; London : Overlook Duckworth, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 LUNGINA,L    Available
Edition First edition.
Description 336 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note "First published in Russia in 2010 by Oleg Doorman"--Title page verso.
Summary "A bestselling sensation in Russia, where it was called 'the most significant cultural event of the year,' Word for Word is nothing less than the story of a nation's literary conscience--the history of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of a single person. A child of the 1920s, Lilianna Lungina was a Russian Jew born to privilege, spending her childhood in Germany, France, and Palestine. But when her parents moved to the USSR when she was thirteen, Lungina became witness to many of the era's greatest upheavals. Exiled during World War II, dragged to KGB headquarters to report on her cosmopolitan friends, and subjected to her new country's ruthless, systematic anti-Semitism, Lungina nonetheless carved out a remarkable career as a translator who introduced hundreds of thousands of Soviet readers to Knut Hamsun, August Strindberg, and, most famously, Astrid Lindgren. In the process, she found herself at the very center of Soviet cultural life, meeting and befriending Pasternak, Brodsky, Solzhenitsyn, and many other major figures of the era's literature. Her extraordinary memoir--at once heartfelt and unsentimental--is an unparalleled tribute to a lost world"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Lungina, L. Z.
Lungina, L. Z. -- Friends and associates.
Translators -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Jews, Ukrainian -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Politics and literature -- Soviet Union -- History.
Soviet Union -- Intellectual life.
Antisemitism -- Soviet Union -- History.
Soviet Union -- Social conditions.
Added Author Dorman, Oleg. Podstrochnik.
Gannon, Polly, translator.
Noore, Ast A., translator.
Added Title Podstrochnik. English
ISBN 9781468307320 (hardcover : US)
1468307320 (hardcover : US)
9780715649220 (hardcover : UK)
0715649221 (hardcover : UK)

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