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Schwartz, Marian 1951-

Works: 61 works in 182 publications in 1 language and 8,582 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Romance fiction  Didactic fiction  Military history  History  Historical fiction  Psychological fiction  Novels  Biography  Interviews 
Roles: Translator, Author, Other, Contributor
Classifications: PG3366, 891.733
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Marian Schwartz
Anna Karenina : a novel in eight parts by Lev Nikolaevič Tolstoj( )

7 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tolstoy produced many drafts of Anna Karenina. Crafting and recrafting each sentence with careful intent, he was anything but casual in his use of language. His project, translator Marian Schwartz observes, "was to bend language to his will, as an instrument of his aesthetic and moral convictions." In her magnificent new translation, Schwartz embraces Tolstoy's unusual style - she is the first English language translator ever to do so. Previous translations have departed from Tolstoy's original, "correcting" supposed mistakes and infelicities. But Schwartz uses repetition where Tolstoy does, wields a judicious cliché when he does, and strips down descriptive passages as he does, re-creating his style in English with imagination and skill. Tolstoy's romantic Anna, long-suffering Karenin, dashing Vronsky, and dozens of their family members, friends, and neighbors are among the most vivid characters in world literature. In the thought-provoking Introduction to this volume, Gary Saul Morson provides unusual insights into these characters, exploring what they reveal about Tolstoy's radical conclusions on romantic love, intellectual dishonesty, the nature of happiness, the course of true evil, and more. For readers at every stage - from students first encountering Anna to literary professionals revisiting the novel - this volume will stand as the English reader's clear first choice."--Book description,
Conversations with Joseph Brodsky : a poet's journey through the twentieth century by Solomon Volkov( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brodsky describes his post-Russian life in New York and reveals for the first time his active participation in one of the cold war's most noted cultural confrontations - the famous defection of the Bolshoi Ballet star Alexander Godunov. In this and all his tales recounted here, we meet a Brodsky his readers have not heard before, both contentious and gracious, breaking all the rules, never succumbing to the straitjacketing of literary or political cliques in New York or anywhere else. In these raw Russian conversations, superbly translated by Marian Schwartz, is the journey of a poet-hero around the world and through this century's most troubling and sensational times
Black square : Malevich and the origin of suprematism by Aleksandra Semenovna Shatskikh( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Kazimir Malevich's painting Black Square is one of the twentieth century's emblematic paintings, the visual manifestation of a new period in world artistic culture at its inception. None of Malevich's contemporary revolutionaries created a manifesto, an emblem, as capacious and in its own way unique as this work; it became both the quintessence of the Russian avant-gardist's own art--which he called Suprematism--and a milestone on the highway of world art. Writing about this single painting, Aleksandra Shatskikh sheds new light on Malevich, the Suprematist movement, and the Russian avant-garde. Malevich devoted his entire life to explicating Black Square's meanings. This process engendered a great legacy: the original abstract movement in painting and its theoretical grounding; philosophical treatises; architectural models; new art pedagogy; innovative approaches to theater, music, and poetry; and the creation of a new visual environment through the introduction of decorative applied designs. All of this together spoke to the tremendous potential for innovative shape and thought formation concentrated in Black Square. To this day, many circumstances and events of the origins of Suprematism have remained obscure and have sprouted arbitrary interpretations and fictions. Close study of archival materials and testimonies of contemporaries synchronous to the events described has allowed this author to establish the true genesis of Suprematism and its principal painting"--Publisher's website
Playing a part by Daria Wilke( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grishka has grown up in the closed world of a puppet theater in Russia, but now that world seems to be falling apart--his best friend needs an operation, financial difficulties are forcing people out, his homosexual friend Sam, the jester, is leaving for Holland and Grishka no longer knows what role he himself is playing
Katyn : a crime without punishment by Wojciech Materski( Book )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the spring of 1940, the Soviet Union carried out the mass executions of 14,500 Polish prisoners of war - army officers, police, gendarmes, and civilians - taken by the Red Army when it invaded eastern Poland in September 1939. This work details the Soviet killings, the elaborate cover-up of the crime, and the subsequent revelations
The ladies from St. Petersburg : three novellas by Nina Berberova( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A trio of novellas on the Russian Revolution. One is set at the dawn of the revolution, a second describes the flight from its turmoil and a third, The Big City, is set in New York and deals with the experience of exile and the loneliness of immigrant life. Zoya Andreyevna -- The big city
The book of happiness by Nina Nikolaevna Berberova( Book )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on Russian émigrés in 1920s Paris. The heroine is Vera, the unhappy wife of an invalid husband. Through her eyes is seen the lot of the wealthy during the revolution and their adjustment to exile
White on black by Ruben David Gonsales Galʹego( Book )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born with cerebral palsy in Moscow, Ruben Gallego was hidden away in Soviet state institutions by his maternal grandfather, the secretary general of the Spanish Communist Party in the 1960s. His was a boyhood spent in orphanages, hospitals, and old-age homes, a life of emotional deprivation and loss of human dignity. Gallego's story is one of neglect and mistreatment but also of shared small pleasures, of courage, of the power of the human will, and of a child's growing fascination with books and the worlds he finds in them
2017 by Olʹga Slavnikova( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the year 2017 in Russia, poets and writers are obsolete, class distinctions are painfully sharp, and spirits intervene in the lives of humans from their home high in the mythical Riphean Mountains. Professor Anfilogov, a wealthy and emotionless man, sets out an expedition to unearth priceless rubies that no one else has been able to locate. Young Krylov, a talented gem cutter whom Anfilogov had taken under his wing, is seeing off his mentor at the train station when he is drawn to a mysterious stranger who calls herself Tanya. A scandalous affair ensues, but trouble arises in the shape of Krylov's ex-wife Tamara and a spy who appears at the lovers' every rendezvous. As events unfold, Krylov begins to learn more than he bargained for about the women in his life and realises why he recognises the spy from somewhere deep within his past. Meanwhile, Anfilogov's expedition reveals ugly truths about man's disregard for nature and the disasters stemming from insatiable greed
The tattered cloak, and other novels by Nina Nikolaevna Berberova( Book )

3 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cape of storms by N Berberova( Book )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1930s Paris a trio of sisters, born in Russia but raised in France, discover they are not really Russian, nor truly French. The three are the daughters of an army officer who fled the Revolution, and through their eyes is seen the life of children of emigrés
The white guard by Mikhail|Schwartz, Marian|Dobrenko, Evgeny Bulgakov( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"White Guard, Mikhail Bulgakov's semi-autobiographical first novel, is the story of the Turbin family in Kiev in 1918. Alexei, Elena, and Nikolka Turbin have just lost their mother - their father had died years before - and find themselves plunged into the chaotic civil war that erupted in the Ukraine in the wake of the Russian Revolution. In the context of this family's personal loss and the social turmoil surrounding them, Bulgakov creates a brilliant picture of the existential crises brought about by the revolution and the loss of social, moral, and political certainties. He confronts the reader with the bewildering cruelty that ripped Russian life apart at the beginning of the last century as well as with the extraordinary ways in which the Turbins preserved their humanity. In this volume Marian Schwartz, a leading translator, offers the first complete and accurate translation of the definitive original text of Bulgakov's novel. She includes the famous dream sequence, omitted in previous translations, and beautifully solves the stylistic issues raised by Bulgakov's ornamental prose. Readers with an interest in Russian literature, culture, or history will welcome this superb translation of Bulgakov's important early work. This edition also contains an informative historical essay by Evgeny Dobrenko."--Book description,
Billancourt tales by N Berberova( Book )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Now added to the quartet of books by Nina Berberova that New Directions has presented for the delight of American readers is this very special baker's dozen - Billancourt Tales. These are thirteen stories chosen from those she wrote in Paris between 1928 and 1940 for the emigre newspaper The Latest News."
The man who couldn't die : the tale of an authentic human being by Olʹga Slavnikova( )

5 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the chaos of early-1990s Russia, the wife and stepdaughter of a paralyzed veteran conceal the Soviet Union's collapse from him in order to keep him -and his pension -alive until it turns out the tough old man has other plans. Olga Slavnikova's The Man Who Couldn't Die tells the story of how two women try to prolong a life - and the means and meaning of their own lives - by creating a world that doesn't change, a Soviet Union that never crumbled. After her stepfather's stroke, Marina hangs Brezhnev's portrait on the wall, edits the Pravda articles read to him, and uses her media connections to cobble together entire newscasts of events that never happened. Meanwhile, her mother, Nina Alexandrovna, can barely navigate the bewildering new world outside, especially in comparison to the blunt reality of her uncommunicative husband. As Marina is caught up in a local election campaign that gets out of hand, Nina discovers that her husband is conspiring as well - to kill himself and put an end to the charade. Masterfully translated by Marian Schwartz, The Man Who Couldn't Die is a darkly playful vision of the lost Soviet past and the madness of the post-Soviet world that uses Russia's modern history as a backdrop for an inquiry into larger metaphysical questions.""--Dust jacket
March 1917 : the Red Wheel, node III (8 March-31 March), book 1 by Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenit︠s︡yn( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Red Wheel is Solzhenitsyn's magnum opus about the Russian Revolution. Solzhenitsyn tells this story in the form of a meticulously researched historical novel, supplemented by newspaper headlines of the day, fragments of street action, cinematic screenplay, and historical overview. The first two nodes, August 1914 and November 1916, focus on Russia's crises and recovery, on revolutionary terrorism and its suppression, on the missed opportunity of Pyotr Stolypin's reforms, and how the surge of patriotism in August 1914 soured as Russia bled in World War I. The third node, March 1917, tells the story of the Russian Revolution itself, during which not only does the Imperial government melt in the face of the mob, but the leaders of the opposition prove utterly incapable of controlling the course of events. The action of book 1 (of four) of March 1917 is set during March 8-12. The absorbing narrative tells the stories of more than fifty characters during the days when the Russian Empire begins to crumble. Bread riots in the capital, Petrograd, go unchecked at first, and the police are beaten and killed by mobs. Efforts to put down the violence using the army trigger a mutiny in the numerous reserve regiments housed in the city, who kill their officers and go and rampage. The anti-Tsarist bourgeois opposition, horrified by the violence, scrambles to declare that it is provisionally taking power, while socialists immediately create a Soviet alternative to undermine it. Meanwhile, Emperor Nikolai II is away at military headquarters and his wife Aleksandra is isolated outside Petrograd, caring for their sick children. Suddenly, the viability of the Russian state itself is called into question. The Red Wheel has been compared to Tolstoy's War and Peace, for each work aims to narrate the story of an era in a way that elevates its universal significance.--Publisher's description
Envy by I︠U︡riĭ Karlovich Olesha( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Producer and sponger, insider and outcast, master and man fight back and forth in the pages of Olesha's anarchic comedy, it is a contest of wills in which nothing is sure except the incorrigible human heart."--Jacket
Maidenhair by Mihail Pavlovič Šiškin( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Day after day Russian asylum-seekers sit across from the interpreter and Peter--the Swiss officers who guard the gates to paradise--and tell of the atrocities they've suffered, or that they've invented, or heard from someone else. The reader lives inside the nameless interpreter's head, with the narratives combining throughout
Oblomov by I.A Gončarov( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Goncharov's classic novel about a melancholy dreamer and idealist who never has enough energy to put his dreams into action, is a satire on the Russian nobility and the institution of serfdom
Madness treads lightly by Polina Dashkova( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a working mother, Lena Polyanskaya has her hands full. She's busy caring for her two-year-old daughter, editing a successful magazine, and supporting her husband, a high-ranking colonel in counter-intelligence. She doesn't have time to play amateur detective. But when a close friend's suspicious death is labeled a suicide, she's determined to prove he wouldn't have taken his own life. As Lena digs in to her investigation, all clues point to murder--and its connection to a string of grisly cold-case homicides that stretches back to the Soviet era. When another person in her circle falls victim, Lena fears she and her family may be next. She's determined to do whatever it takes to protect them. But will learning the truth unmask a killer, or put her and her family in even more danger?
A hero of our time : a novel by Mikhail I︠U︡rʹevich Lermontov( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This mosaic of tales featuring a Byronic officer is the first major prose novel in Russian literature. Set in the rugged Caucasus, Lermontov's 1840 psychological masterwork follows the cynical Pechorin as he charges through an exotic land of mountain horse-men, society women, and smugglers, leaving a trail of damaged egos and broken hearts. This Modern Library Paperback Classic also features a glossary and a map of the Caucasus."--Jacket
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Conversations with Joseph Brodsky : a poet's journey through the twentieth century
Katyn : a crime without punishmentThe ladies from St. Petersburg : three novellasThe book of happinessWhite on black2017Cape of stormsThe white guardBillancourt tales
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Schwartz, Marian (Translator of Russian)

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