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Literary Translation Workshop. Day 1

Sat 27th Jan '18 - 11:00 - 15:30


Day one:

Lecture (2 hours)

The context in translation: historical period, national culture, literary and translation norms.

30 min. break

Practical task (2 hours): editing of two translated texts, one English into Russian, the other Russian into English. All participants will receive texts for translation in advance.

 For 20 years, Alexandra Borisenko and Victor Sonkin have taught literary translation to the students of Moscow State University. Apart from lectures and seminars, their best students participated in literary projects, which included the translation of English-language classical and modern authors and preparing the anthologies of crime fiction from scratch.

The first volume was dedicated to British and American stories of the Sherlock

Holmes time (“Not Just Holmes”, 2009); the second concentrated on British crime stories between the world wars (“Not the Butler!” 2011); a collection of American crime stories of the mid-20th century will be published later this year.

Working jointly and separately, Borisenko and Sonkin have translated some of the Mary Poppins books by Pamela Travers, G.K. Chesterton’s stories, the books of Eva

Hoffman, Patricia Duncker, Julian Barnes, Hanya Yanagihara and other authors.

Jointly with their former pupils, they have prepared the translations of “The Black Swan” by N.N. Taleb and four volumes of Dorothy L. Sayers’s novels with detailed

comments. Their former students have translated in recent years some major

works of contemporary English-language fiction, from Jonathan Franzen to Donna Tartt.

Alexandra Borisenko, Ph.D., is associate professor of Moscow State University

specializing in translation theory and British literature and culture of the 19th

and 20th centuries. Victor Sonkin, Ph.D., is the author of the historical guidebook “Here Was Rome”, which was awarded the prestigious Enlightenment Prize in 2013 and came out in the UK in English self-translation in 2017.

Both Borisenko and Sonkin also work as simultaneous

From £120 for 2 days.



Sat 27th Jan '18
11:00 - 15:30


Clementi House
128 Kensington Church Street
London, W8 4BH United Kingdom
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020 7229 4098