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Richard Pevear

Richard Pevear has published translations of Alain, Yves Bonnefoy, Alberto Savinio, Pavel Florensky, and Henri Volohonsky, as well as two books of poetry. He has received fellowships or grants for translation from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the French Ministry of Culture. Larissa Volokhonsky was born in Leningrad. She has translated works by the prominent Orthodox theologians Alexander Schmemann and John Meyendorff into Russian.

Together, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have translated works by Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Gogol, Bulgakov, and Pasternak. They were twice awarded the PEN/Book-of-the-Month...

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The Complete Short Novels
Written by Anton Chekhov, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2005
$17.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3292-1 (1-4000-3292-X)

Anton Chekhov, widely hailed as the supreme master of the short story, also wrote five works long enough to be called short novels–here brought together in one volume for the first time, in a masterly new translation by the award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.

The Steppe
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The Complete Short Novels
Written by Anton Chekhov, Translated by Larissa Volokhonsky and Richard Pevear
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | August 2004
$25.00/28.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-4049-0 (1-4000-4049-3)

Anton Chekhov, widely hailed as the supreme master of the short story, also wrote five works long enough to be called short novels–here brought together in one volume for the first time, in a masterly new translation by the award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.

The Steppe
—the most lyrical of the...

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The Duel (Movie Tie-in Edition)
Written by Anton Chekhov, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2010
$13.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-74287-2 (0-307-74287-3)

Includes a new forward by the screenwriter Mary Bing 

In Anton Chekhov’s The Duel the escalating animosity between two men with opposed philosophies of life is played out against the backdrop of a seedy resort on the Black Sea coast.

Laevsky is a dissipated romantic given to gambling and flirtation; he has run... Read more






Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov
Written by Anton Chekhov, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, Introduction by Richard Pevear
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2000
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-553-38100-9 (0-553-38100-8)

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the highly acclaimed translators of War and Peace, Doctor Zhivago, and Anna Karenina, which was an Oprah Book Club pick and million-copy bestseller, bring their unmatched talents to The Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov, a collection of thirty of Chekhov’s best tales from the major periods... Read more






The Adolescent
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Vintage | Trade Paperback | December 2004
$17.95/21.50(Canada) | 978-0-375-71900-4 (0-375-71900-8)

The narrator and protagonist of Dostoevsky’s novel The Adolescent (first published in English as A Raw Youth) is Arkady Dolgoruky, a na•ve 19-year-old boy bursting with ambition and opinions. The illegitimate son of a dissipated landowner, he is torn between his desire to expose his father’s wrongdoing and the desire to... Read more






The Adolescent
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | November 2003
$23.00/35.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-4118-3 (1-4000-4118-X)

The illegitimate son of a landowner, Arkady Dolgoruky was raised by foster parents and tutors, and has scarcely ever seen his father, Versilov, and his mother, Versilov’s peasant common-law wife. Arkady goes to Petersburg to meet this “accidental family” and to confront the father who dominates his imagination and whom he...

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The Brothers Karamazov
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | April 1992
$27.00/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-41003-4 (0-679-41003-1)

The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky’s last and greatest novel, published just before his death in 1881, chronicles the bitter love-hate struggle between the outsized Fyodor Karamazov and his three very different sons. It is above all the story of a murder, told with hair-raising intellectual clarity and a feeling for the human...

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Crime and Punishment
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | May 1993
$24.00/27.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-42029-3 (0-679-42029-0)

Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in the St. Petersburg of the tsars, is determined to overreach his humanity and assert his untrammeled individual will. When he commits an act of murder and theft, he sets into motion a story that, for its excruciating suspense, its atmospheric vividness, and its depth of...

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Crime and Punishment
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1993
$17.95/20.50(Canada) | 978-0-679-73450-5 (0-679-73450-3)

With the same suppleness, energy, and range of voices that won their translation of The Brothers Karamazov the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize, Pevear and Volokhonsky offer a brilliant translation of Dostoevsky's classic novel that presents a clear insight into this astounding psychological thriller. "The best (translation) currently available"--Washington Post Book World. Read more






Demons
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 1995
$18.95/22.50(Canada) | 978-0-679-73451-2 (0-679-73451-1)

Inspired by the true story of a political murder that horried Russians in 1869, Fyodor Dostoevsky conceived of Demons as a "novel-pamphlet" in which he would say everything about the plague of materialist ideology that he saw infecting his native land. What emerged was a prophetic and ferociously funny masterpiece of... Read more






The Double and The Gambler
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2007
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-71901-1 (0-375-71901-6)

The award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have given us the definitive version of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s strikingly original short novels, The Double and The Gambler.The Double is a surprisingly modern hallucinatory nightmare–foreshadowing Kafka and Sartre–in which a minor official named Goliadkin becomes aware of a mysterious doppelganger, a man who... Read more






The Double and The Gambler
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 2005
$22.00/25.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-4470-2 (1-4000-4470-7)

The Double, written in Dostoevsky’s youth, was a sharp turn away from the realism of his first novel, Poor Folk. The first real expression of his genius, The Double is a surprisingly modern hallucinatory nightmare in which a minor official named Goliadkin becomes aware of a mysterious doppelgänger–a man who has...

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The Eternal Husband and Other Stories
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | January 2012
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-8337-1 (0-8129-8337-8)

From Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the highly acclaimed translators of War and Peace, Doctor Zhivago, and Anna Karenina, which was an Oprah Book Club pick and million-copy bestseller, The Eternal Husband and Other Stories brings together five of Dostoevsky’s short masterpieces.
 
Filled with many of the themes and concerns central to...

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The Eternal Husband and Other Stories
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Bantam Classics | Paperback | September 2000
$5.99/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21444-4 (0-553-21444-6)

The Eternal Husband and Other Stories brings together five of Dostoevsky’s short masterpieces rendered into English by two of the most celebrated Dostoevsky translators of our time. Filled with many of the themes and concerns central to his great novels, these short works display the full range of Dostoevsky’s genius. The... Read more






The Idiot
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2003
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-70224-2 (0-375-70224-5)

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky’s masterful translation of The Idiot is destined to stand with their versions of Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and Demons as the definitive Dostoevsky in English.

After his great portrayal of a guilty man in Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky set out in The Idiot to portray... Read more






Notes from a Dead House
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Knopf | Hardcover | March 24, 2015
$25.00/29.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-95959-1 (0-307-95959-7)

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Notes from Underground
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | March 2004
$21.00/25.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-4191-6 (1-4000-4191-0)

Dostoevsky’s most revolutionary novel, Notes from Underground marks the dividing line between nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction, and between the visions of self each century embodied. One of the most remarkable characters in literature, the unnamed narrator is a former official who has defiantly withdrawn into an underground existence. In full retreat...

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Notes from Underground
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 1994
$12.95/15.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-73452-9 (0-679-73452-X)

Dostoevsky’s most revolutionary novel, Notes from Underground marks the dividing line between nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction, and between the visions of self each century embodied. One of the most remarkable characters in literature, the unnamed narrator is a former official who has defiantly withdrawn into an underground existence. In full retreat...

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The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol
Written by Nikolai Gogol, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 1999
$17.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70615-8 (0-375-70615-1)

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The Collected Tales
Written by Nikolai Gogol, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 2008
$25.00/29.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-26969-0 (0-307-26969-8)

Collected here are Gogol’s finest tales—stories that combine the wide-eyed, credulous imagination of the peasant with the sardonic social criticism of the city dweller—allowing readers to experience anew the unmistakable genius of a writer who paved the way for Dostoevsky and Kafka. All of Gogol’s most memorable creations are here: the...

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Dead Souls
Written by Nikolai Gogol, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | September 2004
$23.00/26.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-4319-4 (1-4000-4319-0)

Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls is the great comic masterpiece of Russian literature–a satirical and splendidly exaggerated epic of life in the benighted provinces.

Gogol hoped to show the world “the untold riches of the Russian soul” in this 1842 novel, which he populated with a Dickensian swarm of characters: rogues and scoundrels...

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Dead Souls
Written by Nikolai Gogol, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1997
$16.00/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-77644-4 (0-679-77644-3)

Since its publication in 1842, Dead Souls has been celebrated as a supremely realistic portrait of provincial Russian life and as a splendidly exaggerated tale; as a paean to the Russian spirit and as a remorseless satire of imperial Russian venality, vulgarity, and pomp. As Gogol's wily antihero, Chichikov, combs the... Read more






The Enchanted Wanderer
Written by Nikolai Leskov, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2014
$17.95/21.50(Canada) | 978-0-307-38887-2 (0-307-38887-5)

Nikolai Leskov's writing exploded the conventions of nineteenth-century Russian fiction. Here is the other Russia, mythical and untamed: an uneasy synthesis of Orthodoxy and Old Believers, a land populated by soldiers and monks, serfs and princes, Tartars and gypsies—a vast country brimming with the promise of magic.

These seventeen tales, some rooted... Read more






The Enchanted Wanderer
Written by Nikolai Leskov, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Knopf | Hardcover | March 2013
$35.00/41.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-26882-2 (0-307-26882-9)

The award-winning translators of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, and Gogol now bring us a Russian writer ripe for rediscovery, whose earthy and exuberant stories, famous in his own country, have never before been adequately translated into English.

Leskov was Chekhov’s favorite writer and was greatly admired by Tolstoy and Maxim Gorky. His...

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Doctor Zhivago
Written by Boris Pasternak, Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2011
$16.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-39095-0 (0-307-39095-0)

First published in Italy in 1957 amid international controversy, 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...

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