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Peter Constantine was awarded the 1998 PEN Translation Award for Six Early Stories by Thomas Mann and the 1999 National Translation Award for The Undiscovered Chekhov: Forty-Three New Stories, and has been widely acclaimed for his recent translation of the complete works of Isaac Babel. His translations of fiction and poetry have also appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Grand Street, Paris Review, Fiction, Harvard Magazine, Partisan Review, and London Magazine, among others. He lives in New York City.
Robert D. Kaplan is a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and the author of nine books on travel and foreign affairs, including Balkan Ghosts, chosen by The New York Times as one of the Best Books of 1993, and An Empire Wilderness, chosen by The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times as Best Book of the Year for 1998. His tenth book, Mediterranean Winter, will be published by Random House next year. He lives with his wife and son in western Massachusetts.