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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 and photographer based in Cardiff, Wales. His writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement and a number of books and periodicals.

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