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Russian Translation: Theory and Practice (Thinking Translation) [Paperback]

Edna Andrews , Elena Maksimova
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September 11, 2009 0415473470 978-0415473477 1 Blg

Russian Translation: Theory and Practice is a comprehensive practical course in translation for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of Russian. The course aims to provide intensive exposure with a view to mastering translation from Russian into English while carefully analyzing the specific problems that arise in the translation process.

Offering over 75 practical translation exercises and texts analyzed in detail to illustrate the stage-by-stage presentation of the method, Russian Translation addresses translation issues such as cultural differences, genre and translation goals. The book features material taken from a wide range of sources, including:

  • journalistic
  • medical
  • scholarly
  • legal
  • economic
  • popular culture – literature (prose and poetry), media, internet, humour, music.

Central grammatical and lexical topics that will be addressed across the volume through the source texts and target texts include: declensional and agreement gender; case usage; impersonal constructions; verbal aspect; verbal government; word order; Russian word formation, especially prefixation and suffixation; collocations and proverbs; and abbreviations.

Russian Translation: Theory and Practice is essential reading for all students seriously interested in improving their translation skills.

A Tutor’s Handbook for this course, giving guidance on teaching methods and assessment, as well as specimen answers, is available in PDF format from our website at

Edna Andrews is Professor of Linguistics and Cultural Anthropology, Director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies at Duke University, USA.

Elena Maksimova is Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at Duke University, USA.

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‘The materials presented in Russian Translation: Theory and Practice provide a good overview of general techniques of translation, illustrated by appropriate examples and useful exercises.  The book is well-structured and the notes for the tutors teaching the course are very useful.’ Marianna Taymanova, University of Durham.


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Product Details

  • Series: Thinking Translation
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 Blg edition (September 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415473470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415473477
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,512,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a first edition September 2, 2010
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It is with some reluctance that I invest my time writing this review, knowing full well that few people will ever read my comments; after all, how many people run out and purchase a book on Russian to English translation theory? And the few buyers who do actually end up clicking on my review will no doubt be immediate dissuaded by its obvious verbosity.

I purchased this book in connection with my graduate education in Central and Eastern European Studies. As I neared the end of my graduate program, I was looking for a thesis project that might carry relevance in the eyes of potential employers. As I searched job announcements for media and intelligence analyst positions in the government sector, nearly every firm stated that qualified candidates needed to have had experience translating. Although I had lived and traveled in Russia extensively and had spent months of my life speaking nothing but Russian, had an undergraduate degree in Russian language, and had read Russian classics in the original, oddly enough, I had never tried my hand at translating. I got approval from the department to put together what turned out to be a 100 page Russian to English translation project in lieu of a conventional capstone thesis project. That project was based almost strictly on Andrews' and Maximova's new text book.

I can basically thank my lucky stars that Andrews and Maksimova had published this book in early 2010, only a few months prior to my first query on Amazon for a book on "Russian to English translation theory.
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