Dr Oliver Ready

Dr Oliver Ready

Research Fellow in Russian Literature and Culture
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Dr Oliver Ready is a literary scholar and translator specializing in late- and post-Soviet Russian prose, and in nineteenth-century literature, especially Gogol and Dostoevsky. His academic publications include the monograph Persisting in Folly: Russian Writers in Search of Wisdom, 1963-2013 (Peter Lang, 2017) and articles on various recent Russian authors. He is currently working on a short new ‘critical life’ of Nikolai Gogol.

Over the past six years, Dr Ready has convened many seminar series and special events with Russian cultural figures at St Antony’s, including the Elliott Lecture by Svetlana Alexievich in 2016. He teaches undergraduates and postgraduates at various other colleges, currently St Edmund Hall, Exeter and Lincoln.

Dr Ready serves on the editorial board of The Russian Library, a major new series of translated works of Russian literature published by Columbia University Press. Between 2008 and 2017 he was Consultant Editor for Russia and East-Central Europe at the Times Literary Supplement.

As a literary translator, his publications include Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment (Penguin Classics; Pen Translation Prize shortlist, 2015), and translations of the following works of contemporary Russian fiction, all published by Dedalus: 

Vladimir Sharov’s novels The Rehearsals (in press) and Before and During (Read Russia Translation Prize, 2015)

Yuri Buida’s novella The Zero Train and his short-story cycle The Prussian Bride (Rossica Translation Prize, 2005).