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Post by CarlManchester » November 3rd, 2008, 10:20 am

Hi all,

Just here to draw your attention to this thread:

American Psychology 1922-1947. It's the nearest thing to American Psycho that we are allowed to record.

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Post by Illiterati » November 3rd, 2008, 1:31 pm

[ EDIT : this continues my answer to the idea of a bilingual Russian-English collection of poems and concerns only the English translations.

The Russian copyright law is basically death +70 years, but since it has been reworked many times recently there are quite a bit of loopholes.
For a work that was disclosed during the author's lifetime, the copyright term of 70 years thus runs from the year the author the author died (or was rehabilitated, if the rehabilitation was posthumous), even if the work is published only later.
This means, strangely enough, that the Babette Deutsch translations of Akhmatova's poems linked below are PD in the US, but Akhmatova's originals in Russian are not in PD, for instance.

It also means that any poet who deceased before 1937 should be Ok in Russian.]

The Initial search of he Library of Congress database turned up the following collections of Russian Poetry published pre-1923 (which I also found all in
- a great book which contains a lot of the poets you mentioned. In full PD for everybody from the US. Out of bounds for everyone else, since the translator Babette Deutsch passed away in 1982.
- Basically what was asked for, English and Russian texts side by side. Block, Bryusov, Bunin etc. I could not find record of the translator's, Paul Selver's (b.1888) death.
- A limited selection of a few poems/poet. Translator Rosa Newmarch passed away in 1940.
- Rather olde in every regard, by poet selection & translations but probably ok for everyone. Translator John H. Pollen was born in 1848, no record of death found.
Lermontov, Pushkin, Tolstoy, Nekrasov etc.
Translated by Bianchi, Martha Dickinson, 1866-1943
No record of translators found.

All of the above titles are ok for US readers.

The Internet is full of translations from individual poets, but upon closer inspection all are copyrighted by the translator or some other body. I could only find two gnu-licensed translations of poems by Mayakovsky, for instance.
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Post by oleseabrinza » November 26th, 2008, 3:07 am

I am from Moldova, both Romanian and Russian are my native languages.
Yes we have a lack of volunteering, but it is more because of the lack of information! I'm not sure how many people in my country are using LibriVox or at least know about it.

I am more than willing to help record in Russian, Romanian and English.
And I know some of my friends might be willing to record too.

I have just registered and didn't manage to read the guiding material on how to record.. but as I am set, I'll try to talk in some of my friends to volunteer for LibriVox. As we'll spread the word we'll have more volunteers!

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Post by Kikisaulite » November 26th, 2008, 4:15 am

Hi, Olesea and a warm welcome!
It is so nice to see more and more people from different countries find their way to LibriVox. I on my part would love to see something recorded in Romanian around here, and, yes, more Russian is nice too.

Take your time to look around and do not hesitate to ask if you happen to have any questions. And of course your friends are more than welcome to join.

Keep your mind here and now, where it belongs.

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Post by dii » August 1st, 2009, 2:13 pm


it would be nice to record in Russian. I speak Russian but I can't read so... :/ If I could, I'd do it.


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Post by spacerunner » August 17th, 2009, 1:52 pm

Hello! I can read russian, are there any vacancies?:)

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Post by chocoholic » August 17th, 2009, 5:53 pm

Hello, spacerunner! We have one Russian-language project currently running:
Just read the first post of that thread for information on how to record, and don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

edited to add: Oh, I see that that project was converted from a solo and doesn't have all the recording information for new readers in the first post. Here is our Newbie Guide to Recording:
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Post by 2hot2handle » August 20th, 2009, 4:03 am

Hi guys, i'm new here, but i can help u i know russian very well , because it's my native language, so if u want to record smth in russian just write to me. :D

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Post by Cardray » October 8th, 2009, 12:13 am

Russian is one of my native languages, therefore I want to participate

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Post by Nicholas19 » October 8th, 2009, 2:41 am

How about recording Russian self-taught, with phonetic pronunciation ([1915?]) by Carl Thimm or other Russian language learning materials on Internet Archive?

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Post by Passaya » June 17th, 2010, 2:06 pm

Hello everyone,
I'm studying Russian, and it would really be helpful if any of the russian speakers would agree to record a version of Boris Godunov, by Pushkin. It's not too long, and as a play it might be more fun to record than Crime and Punishment (one of my favourite books though). I would also appreciate any other recording in Russian, of course !
I'm sorry if my English seems a bit pompous or if it's not very good, but I have an excuse, I'm French....
Thank you !

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Post by ElenaG. » June 24th, 2010, 2:11 am

Hi! I'm new here:) Russian is my native language and I would be very glad to try myself recording something. Are there any projects running? Can you advice me something?

Thank you!

I can try Boris Godunov if it's topically:)

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Post by dii » June 24th, 2010, 3:36 am

Hi and welcome to LibriVox! :)

At the moment we have one Russian book in progress, Poems by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, here:
We have two multilingual projects, the Multilingual Poetry Collection here: [almost full, but a new collection starts when this one is full].
And we have the Multilingual Fairy Tale Collection here:

All of them are good for first recording :) Before recording, please read through this page, all the information can be found here :)

Have fun here!

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Post by Inego » April 17th, 2011, 6:39 pm

I suggest to start recording Anton Chekhov's short stories in Russian.

Предлагаю начать со следующих рассказов:

"Письмо к ученому соседу"
"Лошадиная фамилия"

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Post by elizabethgrp » November 23rd, 2011, 10:33 am

I am a native speaker, willing to record anything in Russian. Feel free to suggest anything from Tolstoy to Mayakovsky. I am ready!!:)

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