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Oliver Ready

MA, DPhil Oxf

Oliver Ready teaches Russian literature and translation for a number of Oxford colleges, including St Edmund Hall. He specializes in late- and post-Soviet Russian prose, and in nineteenth-century literature, especially Gogol and Dostoevsky. His academic publications include the monograph Persisting in Folly: Russian Writers in Search of Wisdom, 1963-2013 (Peter Lang, 2017) and articles on various recent Russian authors. He is currently working towards a book on Nikolai Gogol for the Critical Lives series published by Reaktion.

As a literary translator, his publications include Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment (Penguin Classics; Pen Translation Prize shortlist, 2015), and translations of the following works of contemporary Russian fiction, all published by Dedalus:

  • Vladimir Sharov’s novels The Rehearsals (2018) and Before and During (Read Russia Translation Prize, 2015)
  • Yuri Buida’s novella The Zero Train (2001) and his short-story cycle The Prussian Bride (Rossica Translation Prize, 2005).

He is also the co-translator of The Maisky Diaries, edited by Gabriel Gorodetsky (Yale University Press).

Dr Ready serves on the editorial board of The Russian Library, a major new series of translated works of Russian literature published by Columbia University Press. Between 2008 and 2017 he was Consultant Editor for Russia and East-Central Europe at the Times Literary Supplement.