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Soviet Translator Alexander Romm: an Experience of Literary Depersonalization

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  • Elena Zemskova


    (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

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    The article addresses a literary biography of Alexander Ilyich Romm (1893 – 1943), philologist, poet and translator, focusing on the last years of Romm’s life when he had been an active member of the Translators Section of the Union of Soviet Writers, involved in producing translations of politically committed poetry both from foreign languages and from national languages of the Soviet Union. Drawing upon Andre Lefevere’s idea of translation as rewriting and manipulation, the article takes a close look at the process of production and stylization of such translations. Surviving archival documents, including Romm’s diaries, offer a glimpse of how harrowing for him was an experience of depersonalization translators were subjected to in the Soviet literary system

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    Paper provided by National Research University Higher School of Economics in its series HSE Working papers with number WP BRP 15/LS/2016.

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    Length: 14 pages
    Date of creation: 2016
    Publication status: Published in WP BRP Series: Literary Studies / LS, April 2016, pages 1-14
    Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:15/ls/2016
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