Robert Chandler


Robert Chandler is a distinguished translator from both Russian (Platonov, Grossman) and French (Sapho, Apollinaire). He translated Life and Fate into English and edited The Road – a collection of Grossman’s stories, letters and journalism with major biographical information and annotations.

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Sunday, 6 March 2011

Vasily Grossman is famous for his masterpiece Life and Fate and his writing as a reporter embedded within the Red Army, particularly for his powerful report on Treblinka.  Robert Chandler (his translator and editor of The Road) revealed to us Grossman not only as a heroic witness, but also as a supreme artist, focusing on Grossman's dialogue with another great short story writer, Isaak Babel.

Janet Suzman read from three of Grossman’s recently published short stories.

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