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Sophie Pinkham: Sergei Dovlatov, 21 May 2015

Pushkin Hills 
by Sergei Dovlatov, translated by Katherine Dovlatov.
Counterpoint, 163 pp., £15.99, April 2014, 978 1 61902 477 9
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The Zone: A Prison Camp Guard’s Story 
by Sergei Dovlatov, translated by Anne Frydman.
Alma, 176 pp., £7.99, October 2013, 978 1 84749 357 6
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... wordplay and allusions. (The explanatory notes included in some of the translations help.) Anne Frydman captures Dovlatov’s comic timing, but isn’t quite up to the daunting task of translating The Zone’s arcane slang (some of which needs explanation even in the Russian text), despite Dovlatov’s attempts to help her. In Pushkin ...

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