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Steve Jobs: A Biography by Walter Isaacson

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues ...

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Russian Word's Worth by Michele A. Berdy

Michele A. Berdy has lived and worked in Moscow for 32 years. She is an accomplished translator and interpreter, she is best known for her popular weekly column “The Word’s Worth” on language and translation for The Moscow Times. Her articles on Russian culture, current events and various aspects of intercultural communication have appeared in the Russian and English-language press. She has written four guidebooks about Moscow, St Petersburg and Russia, and is co-author of a Russian-English dictionary.

After graduating magna cum laude from Amherst College, she did post-graduate work at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow and then worked as a translator and editor at a Soviet publishing house (1979 to 1982). In addition to working as a simultaneous and consecutive interpreter, she has translated several books, hundreds of articles and short stories, and sub-titled over 50 feature and documentary films. She has taught at the Department of Translation and Lexicography at Moscow State University and currently conducts master classes and workshops on various aspects of translation and intercultural communication.

Since 2002, readers all over the world have been enjoying and learning from Michele A. Berdy’s column, “The Word’s Worth,” in The Moscow Times. A quirky, opinionated, sometimes hilarious and yet always thoughtful and authoritative guide, Berdy looks at Russia’s changing culture, politics, and daily life through language and the art of translation. In the over 200 columns gathered in this volume, she explores the language of popular and youth culture, politics, the workplace, culture high and low, and the comical struggle of expats trying to feel at home in a foreign language and culture. She tackles subjects not found in any Russian textbook or cultural guide, from the serious (expressing condolences and mastering church etiquette) through the annoying (dealing with the plumber and writing the perfect robbery report), to the essential (excusing oneself — politely and not -- to use the rest room). Her columns clarify Russian grammar, provide translations of devilishly difficult words and phrases, and throw open a window on Russia in the 21st century.

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