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BOOKS
 

Advanced Russian Tabloid Reader (Bloomington, IN: Slavica Press, 2000). The textbook present ten humorous articles from Russian newspapers and is complete with grammatical exercises, questions for discussion and composition, and short translation exercises.

Parables from the Past: The Prose Fiction of Chingiz Aitmatov (Pittsburgh and London: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1995). The volume represents the first major study of a Soviet writer from Central Asia and contains much ethnographical information on Kyrgyzstan. Each of Aitmatov's popular novels is discussed in depth against the background of Soviet Cold War foreign policy and internal affairs.

Doffing "Mankurt's Cap": Chingiz Aitmatov's "The Day Lasts More that a Hundred Years" and the Turkic National Heritage (Carl Beck Papers: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1987). Aitmatov's sensational novel is examined for the way it eludes Soviet censorship and supports greater Central Asian independence from Moscow.

   
ARTICLES
 

“Hope in Despair: Vasil Bykau’s Long Road Home,” World Literature Today, vol. 79, no. 3-4 (Summer 2005). (refereed)

“Viktor Pelevin: Post-Sovism, Buddhism, and Pulp Fiction,” World Literature Today, vol. 2, no. 2 (Spring 2002). (refereed)

“Chingiz Torekulovich Aitmatov: Prose Writer,” Reference Guide to Russian Literature (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998). (refereed)

"Chingiz Aitmatov in the Glasnost' Years," The Gorbachev Encyclopedia: The Man and His Times, Joseph L. Wieczynski, ed. (Salt Lake City: Charles Schlacks Publishers, 1993).

"Vasil' Bykau: Exhuming the Byelorussian Past," in World Literature Today, vol. 64, no. 2 (Spring 1990). (refereed)

"Chingiz Aitmatov's 'Plakha': A New Religion for Soviet Man?", Studies in Comparative Communism, vol. 21, nos. 3/4 (Autumn/Winter 1988). (refereed)

"Georgii Vladimov's Three Minutes of Silence and the Soviet Production Novel," in Proceedings of the 1986 Russian-Chinese Summer Workshop, Eugene: U. of Oregon Press, 1987.

"Chingiz Aitmatov: Central Asian Voice in Contemporary Soviet Literature," in Histoire de la litterature russe, vol. 4, Paris: Fayard, 1987. (refereed)

"Ion Drutse: Contemporary Chronicler of Bessarabian History," in World Literature Today, vol. 60, no. 1 (Winter 1987). (refereed)

"Georgii Vladimov: Literary Path Into Exile," in World Literature Today, vol. 59, no. 1 (Winter 1985). (refereed)

"Chingiz Aitmatov: Transforming the Esthetics of Socialist Realism," in World Literature Today, vol. 56, no. 3 (Summer 1982). (refereed)

   
TRANSLATIONS
 

Vasilii Aksenov, "The Dystrophy of the Thick and the Bespredel of the Thin," World Literature Today, 67, No. 1 (Winter 1993).

Evgenii Evtushenko, "What is Lost in the Poem 'The Loss'?," World Literature Today, 67, No. 1 (Winter 1993).

Valentin Rasputin, "Mama's Gone Somewhere" and "The Old Woman," two short stories by in Negative Capability: Queuing for Hope, A Miscellany of Soviet Literature, vol. 3, nos. 1-2 (1988).

"Turgenev's Uncompleted Historical Novel," Iurii Levin, in Canadian-American Slavic Studies, vol. 17, no.1, (Spring 1983).  

   
REVIEWS (review of books in Russian, German and English. Over fifty entries; most recent):
 

Viktor Pelevin, Dialektika perekhodnogo perioda iz niotkuda v nikuda. World Literature Today, 78, no. 3-4 (September-December 2004).

Ak Welsapar, Kobra. World Literature Today, 78, no. 3-4 (September-December 2004).

Juri Rytcheu, Der letzte Schamane. World Literature Today, 77, no. 1 (April-June 2003).

Yuri Buida, The Zero Train. World Literature Today, 77, no. 1 (April-June 2003).

Vladimir Sorokin. Pervyi subbotnik. World Literature Today, 76, no. 3 (Summer-Autumn 2002).

Andrei Volos. Hurramabad. World Literature Today, 76, no. 2 (Spring 2002).

Victor Pelevin. Buddha’s Little Finger. World Literature Today, 74, no. 4 (Autumn 2000).

Jekaterina Sadur. Das Fluestern der Engel. World Literature Today, 74, no. 1 (Winter 2000).

Juri Rytcheu. Im Spiegel des Vergessens. World Literature Today, 73, no. 4 (Autumn 1999).

Boris Chasanow. Voegel ueber Moskau. World Literature Today, 73, no. 1 (Winter 1999).

Juri Rytcheu. Unna. World Literature Today, 72, no. 4 (Autumn 1998).

Nadya Peterson. Subversive Imaginations: Fantastic Prose and the End of Soviet Literature. Slavic Review (Winter 1997), 822-824.

   
INTERPRETING EXPERIENCE:
 

July 1987 - present: Staff (1987-88) and contract interpreter for the U.S. State Department. Worked at US-USSR Arms Talks in Geneva, Switzerland; interpreted for high-ranking US officials (including President Reagan) at US-USSR summit meetings in Washington (1987) and Moscow (1988 and 1991). Since 1988 numerous short interpreting assignments in Washington, Moscow, and Geneva (START talks). Interpreted during Russian Prime Minister Chernomyrdin's visit to Houston and Florida (1993). Simultaneous interpreting for Secretary of State Christopher at Bosnian Peace Talks in Geneva (1994). Since 1995 work with USIA, Dept. of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, US Army, and US corporations. Numerous visits (1995-1999) to U.S. and Eastern European nuclear facilities and U.S. National Laboratories (Argonne, PNNL, OKNA, Brookhaven, Los Alamos). Interpreter at meetings between Central Command, US Army, and representatives of the newly independent states of Soviet Central Asia (1999-2000). 2001-2005 conference work with U.S. Department of Energy, nuclear safety and non-proliferation, Washington, DC.

   
HONORS, GRANTS, ACTIVITIES
 

1990: Research fellowship at Duke University's East-West Center.

1987: Certificate of Excellent Performance, US Department of State.

1987: Selected to attend the Social Science Research Council's Seminar on Contemporary Soviet Literature and Film, Yale University.

1986: Selected to attend the Department of Education's Summer Workshop for Gifted Teachers of Russian and Chinese, University of Oregon.

1984 and 1981: US exchange student (IREX Program) at Moscow State University.

1979: Honor Graduate at the Universitaet Regensburg.

1972: Book Award for Excellence, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA.

   
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