The Translator

  title={The Translator},
  author={Efim Jane Etkind and Jane Bugaeva},
  journal={The Massachusetts Review},
  pages={139 - 147}
When the applause had died down a woman’s voice shouted, “Bravo! Author!” Laughter sounded from the other end of the theater. It wasn’t difficult to understand why people were laughing: the production was a dress rehearsal of Byron’s Don Juan. But others in the audience had understood the request and joined in, “Author! Author!” The director, Nikolay Akimov, walked out onstage with his actors, shook Varapaev’s hand — he was playing the lead role — and proceeded to the edge of the stage. A woman…