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Dancing With Elephants: Svetlana Geier, a Ukranian fluent in German, survived the reigns of both Stalin and Hitler. She channeled her grim past into a career translating Feodor Dostoevsky’s dense classics, like Crime and Punishment.

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Rhys Tranter is a writer, academic, and photographer who specialises in twentieth-century and contemporary culture. His writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The Spectator, and a number of academic books and periodicals. His website RhysTranter.com is an independent website that promotes literature and the arts.

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