Can celebrities expect privacy? This question was relevant even in the first half of the 20th century, but in those years the boundaries of public attention towards celebrities were different. The tools the media was using were quite scarce at that time – no hacking scandals or paparazzi photos. Nevertheless, the private lives of the rich and famous have always been in the public spotlight. That was the case of Feodor Chaliapin, the most famous Russian Opera Star of the 20th Century. A 170-page book released by New York Nova Science Publishers at the end of 2013 bears the provocative title “Sex and the singer”, and presents unknown pages of Chaliapin's personal life.
For any Russian, Feodor Chaliapin, one of the greatest opera singers of the 20 th century, stands alongside icons as Stanislavsky, Stravinsky or Rahmaninov, but nowadays in the West the name of Chaliapin is mostly known to theatre buffs and to those who are fond of Russian music culture. In 2012 New York Nova Science Publishers released “Tsar Feodor: Chaliapin in America” by Joseph Darsky, an American scholar of Russian descent.
Voice of Russia continue to discuss with our guest Dr. Oliver Ready, a translator, critic, literary scholar and the author of the new translation of 'Crime and Punishment' by F. Dostoevsky, what challenges he faced while working on the new version for more than four years.
Many call Dostoevsky a genius; others consider him a 'prophet' rather than just a writer. But decade after decade, his literary brilliance continues to capture the hearts and minds of millions. And in many languages. It is exactly the reason why every new translation of Dostoevsky into English becomes an event both for readers and for professionals. On February 27 the new translation of Dostoevsky’s 'Crime and Punishment' was released by Penguin Classics.