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Pevear, Richard 1943-

Overview
Works: 120 works in 584 publications in 2 languages and 34,169 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Didactic fiction  Romance fiction  Short stories  Political fiction  Domestic fiction  War fiction  Action and adventure fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Annotator, Other, Contributor
Classifications: PG3326, 891.733
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Most widely held works about Richard Pevear
 
Most widely held works by Richard Pevear
Anna Karenina : a novel in eight parts by Leo Tolstoy( Book )

30 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and Russian and held by 2,539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness. While previous versions have softened the robust, and sometimes shocking, quality of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation true to his powerful voice. This award-winning team's authoritative edition also includes an illuminating introduction and explanatory notes. Beautiful, vigorous, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina will be the definitive text for generations to come
The Brothers Karamazov : the Constance Garnett translation by Fyodor Dostoyevsky( Book )

35 editions published between 1990 and 2017 in English and held by 2,399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The violent lives of three sons are exposed when their father is murdered and each one attempts to come to terms with his guilt
Crime and punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky( Book )

23 editions published between 1992 and 2017 in English and held by 1,925 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man must endure relentless physical and mental punishments as retribution for his act of murder
The essential tales of Chekhov by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov( Book )

22 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 1,732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Steppe is an account of a nine-year-old boy's frightening journey by wagon train across the steppe of southern Russia. The Duel sets two decadent figures--a fanatical rationalist and a man of literary sensibility--on a collision course that ends in a series of surprising reversals. In The Story of an Unknown Man, a political radical spying on an important official by serving as valet to his son gradually discovers his own terminal illness has changed his long-held priorities in startling ways. Three Years recounts a complex series of ironies in the personal life of a rich but passive Moscow merchant. In My Life, a man renounces wealth and social position for a life of manual labor. The resulting conflict between the moral simplicity of his ideals and the complex realities of human nature culminates in a brief apocalyptic vision that is unique in Chekhov's work."--Page 2 of cover
War and peace by Leo Tolstoy( Book )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in English and held by 1,710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a new translation of the classic reflecting the life and times of Russian society during the Napoleonic Wars, in a book accompanied by an index of historical figures, textual annotation, a chapter summary, and an introduction
The unwomanly face of war : an oral history of women in World War II by Svetlana Aleksievich( Book )

11 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 1,473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive style, War's Unwomanly Face is Svetlana Alexievich's collection of stories of women's experiences in World War II, both on the front lines, on the home front, and in occupied territories. This is a new, distinct version of the war we're so familiar with. Alexievich gives voice to women whose stories are lost in the official narratives, creating a powerful alternative history from the personal and private stories of individuals. Collectively, these women's voices provide a kaleidoscopic portrait of the human side of the war. When the Swedish Academy awarded Svetlana Alexievich the Nobel Prize in Literature, they praised her "polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time," and cited her for inventing "a new kind of literary genre." Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, added that her work comprises "a history of emotions -- a history of the soul."--Provided by publisher
Notes from underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 1,370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A faithful translation of the classic written at the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century follows the narrator's withdrawal from his life as an official to the underground, where he makes passionate and obsessive observations on social utopianism and the irrational nature of humankind
Demons : a novel in three parts by Fyodor Dostoyevsky( Book )

19 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 1,321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new translation of The Possessed and a new title to go with it. The translators claim it better reflects the spirit of what basically is a novel of ideas, the demons of the title being the Western imports of idealism, socialism, materialism, nihilism, atheism and so on
The idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky( Book )

12 editions published between 1869 and 2003 in English and held by 1,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Just two years after completing Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky produced a second novel with a very different man at its center. In The Idiot, the saintly Prince Myshkin returns to Russia from a Swiss sanatorium and finds himself a stranger in a society obsessed with wealth, power, and sexual conquest. He soon becomes entangled in a love triangle with a notorious kept woman, Nastasya, and a beautiful young girl, Aglaya. Extortion and scandal escalate to murder, as Dostoevsky's "positively beautiful man" clashes with the emptiness of a society that cannot accommodate his innocence and moral idealism. The Idiot is both a powerful indictment of that society and a rich and gripping masterpiece."--Jacket
The three musketeers by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 1,100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This swashbuckling epic chronicles the adventures of d'Artagnan, a brash young man from the countryside who journeys to Paris in 1625 hoping to become a musketeer and guard to King Louis XIII. Before long he finds treachery and court intrigue-- and also three boon companions: the daring swordsmen Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. Together they strive heroically to defend the honor of their queen against the powerful Cardinal Richelieu and the seductive spy Milady
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak( Book )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in English and held by 1,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Boris Pasternak's widely acclaimed novel comes gloriously to life in a magnificent new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhnosky, the award-winning translators of War and Peace and Anna Karenina, and to whom The New York Review of Books declared, "the English-speaking world is indebted." First published in Italy in 1957 amid international controversy--the novel was banned in the Soviet Union until 1988, and Pasternak declined the Nobel prize a year later under intense pressure from Soviet authorities--Doctor Zhivago is the story of the life and loves of a poet-physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Set against this backdrop of cruelty and strife is Zhivago's love for the tender and beautiful Lara: pursued, found, and lost again, Lara is the very embodiment of the pain and chaos of those cataclysmic times. Stunningly rendered in the spirit of Pasternak's original --resurrecting his style, rhythms, voicings, and tone--and including an introduction, textual annotations, and a translators' note, this edition of Doctor Zhivago is destined to become the definitive English translation of our time."--Jacket
The master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov( Book )

33 editions published between 1967 and 2017 in English and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an English translation of the Russian novel written at the height of Stalin's regime, in which Satan, in the guise of a man named Woland, arrives in Moscow and begins to wreak havoc in the literary community, honing in on his real target, an author called The Master, who has written a novel about Pontius Pilate
Night talk and other poems by Richard Pevear( )

12 editions published between 1977 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""The first thing I recognize as the beginning of a poem, "" writes Richard Pevear, ""is a distinct rhythm, not only of stress but of movement. Once I hear it, I can find words for it. But the essential thing, finally, is simultaneity-the completion of a shape, a thought, an emotion, a figure, all at the same time. The Trojan War, the figures of Greek tragedy, certain elements of the Gospels, the stories of Malory, are parts of my personal language."" Originally published in 1978. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-o
Anna Karenina : a novel in eight parts by Leo Tolstoy( Book )

18 editions published between 1965 and 2012 in English and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new translation of Leo Tolstoy's novel "Anna Karenina", in which a woman of fine nature forsakes her husband for a lover, and after a bitter experience commits suicide
Dead souls by Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich Gogolʹ( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comic masterpiece about Chechikov, a trafficker in souls (adult male serfs), who can still be of profit even when dead
Mister Cat-and-a-half by Richard Pevear( Book )

4 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cat with a reputation for being fierce is invited to dinner by the forest animals, where a chain of accidents ensures the continuation of this erroneous belief
The collected tales of Nikolai Gogol by Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich Gogolʹ( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new translation of stories by a 19th century Russian master. One story is on a madman convinced that a dog can tell him everything he needs to know, another is on a downtrodden clerk whose life is changed by a new overcoat
The death of Ivan Ilych : and other stories by Leo Tolstoy( Book )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is a new translation of Tolstoy's most important short fiction. Here are eleven stories from the mature author, some autobiographical, others moral parables, and all imaginative, transcendent, and evocatively drawn. They include The Prisoner of the Caucasus, inspired by Tolstoy's experiences as a soldier in the Chechen War, and one of only two of his works that Tolstoy himself considered "good art"; Hadji Murat, the novella Harold Bloom called "the best story in the world," featuring the real-life war hero Hadji Murat, a Chechen rebel who ravaged his Russian occupiers only to defect to the Russian side after a falling-out with his own commander; The Devil, a tale of sexual obsession based on Tolstoy's relationship with a married peasant woman on his estate in the years before his marriage; and the celebrated The Death of Ivan Ilyich, an intense and moving examination of death and the possibilities of redemption."--Jacket
The eternal husband and other stories by Fyodor Dostoyevsky( Book )

15 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and held by 638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five classic stories in a new translation. The title story is on a relationship between a husband and his wife's lover, while A Nasty Anecdote is a satire on a tsarist official who considers himself humane
The cherry orchard by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov( )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There have always been two versions of Chekhov's heartrending and humorous masterwork: the one with which we are all familiar, staged by Konstatine Stanislavski at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1904, and the one Chekhov had originally envisioned. Now, for the first time, both are available and published here in a single volume in translations by the renowned playwright Richard Nelson and Richard Peavar and Larissa Volokhonsky, the foremost contemporary translators of classic Russian literature. Shedding new light on this most revered play, the translators reconstructed the script Chekhov first submitted and all of the changes he made prior to rehearsal. The result is a major event in the publishing of Chekhov's canon. Richard Nelson's many plays include Rodney's Wife, Goodnight Children Everywhere, Drama Desk-nominated Franny's Way and Some Americans Abroad, Tony Award-nominated Two Shakespearean Actors and James Joyce's The Dead (with Shaun Davey), for which he won a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, and the critically acclaimed, searing play cycle, The Apple Family Plays. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have produced acclaimed translations of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Nikolai Gogol, Anton Chekhov, and Mikhail Bulgakov. Their translations of The Brothers Karamazov and Anna Karenina won the 1991 and 2002 PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prizes. Pevvear, a native of Boston, and Volokhonsjky, of St. Petersburg, are married to each other and live in Paris."--
 
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Anna Karenina : a novel in eight parts
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The Brothers Karamazov : the Constance Garnett translationCrime and punishmentThe essential tales of ChekhovWar and peaceNotes from undergroundDemons : a novel in three partsThe idiotThe three musketeers
Alternative Names
Pevear, Richard

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English (331)

Russian (1)