Between ideology and literature: translation in the USSR during the Brezhnev period
Perspectives: Studies in Translatology
Taylor and Francis
Reason for embargo
The USSR’s de-Stalinization and liberalization under Khrushchev opened up the country to the West and led to a boom in the translation of foreign and especially Western literature. After the Thaw, however, Soviet society is generally seen to have moved into a period of stagnation, characterized by a cooling in its enthusiasm for America, and the West more generally. This article will examine the fate of translated literature in the less congenial environment of the Brezhnev years, looking in particular at translations in the journal Novyi mir 1965–1981. It will show that although there were changes in the profile of the translations published during the period, overall, translation cannot be said to have undergone stagnation. It asks how translation was used by different agents: the Party, editors, and translators. It will argue that translation continued to be seen by the Party as symbolic of the ‘friendship of the peoples’, but was used by editors and translators to publish artistically diverse and challenging works. It will show how various strategies were employed by the journal’s editors and translators to present texts in such a way as to get them past the censor.
Copyright © 2016 Taylor & Francis This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Perspectives: Studies in Translatology on 14 January 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0907676X.2015.1032311
Vol. 24 (1), pp. 48-58