Mikhail Alexandrovich Zagot (born January 11, 1946 ) is a Soviet and Russian literary translator from English, a songwriter, an assistant professor at Moscow State Linguistic University.
He graduated from a comprehensive school, as well as three classes of a music school at the conservatory. Then he graduated from the Moscow Radio Engineering College and the translation department of Moscow State Pedagogical Institute named after M. Toreza ( MSLU ). He played in the ensemble on the bass guitar (at the same university).
Associate Professor of MSLU. He taught simultaneous translation at the Faculty of Translation Excellence of Moscow State Linguistic University. Member of the Union of Writers of Russia and the Union of Translators of Russia .
Zagot is one of the leading translators of English-language prose into Russian. He has published about 50 books of English-language writers translated into Russian, including books by literary classics such as Mark Twain , John Steinbeck , Agatha Christie , Somerset Maugham , Wilkie Collins . He also revealed to Russian readers the names of such remarkable masters of literature of the 20th century as American Richard Wright , the British Brian Glenville and Leslie Hartley , the Irish Frank O'Connor , Brian Friel , James Plunkett .
Zagot simultaneously works as a simultaneous interpreter.
He began to write poetry in his student years, mostly parodies. He began to compose lyrics for songs around 1993 , when his son Eugene began to show composing abilities. In 1995, he produced the album of Eugene’s son “And the music is light”, where he was the author of poetry. In 2000, a collection was published, in which Irina Shvedova , Natalya Vinokurova, Asya Katunina, Vlad Bitkin, Stanislav Vitart, Mher and Evgeny Zagot took part.
Zagot’s songs are sung by such artists as Irina Shvedova (“Coast of Childhood”), Julian (“I Read You”), Mikhail Shufutinsky (“Chanson”) and many others.
In 2005, Zagot recorded his first solo disc in the style of chanson called "Uryupinsk - Moscow" (to his own poems, music authors: Alexander Ermolov, Evgeny Zvezdny, Mikhail Preduschenko and Mikhail Zagot). To date, Mikhail Alexandrovich has released 10 albums, two of which are collections of his best songs:
- Uryupinsk - Moscow
- "Lenin in Poland"
- "The Life of Primates"
- “I sang along with The Beatles (The Best)”
- "Golden autumn"
- "Lady at the Wheel"
- "Piano in the Bushes"
- “The best is 10 years in Chanson”
- "The Chosen People"
Books published in translations by Mikhail Zagot (published by the publishing houses Fiction, Rainbow, EKSMO, AST, Ripol Classic, Terra, Zakharov):
- Ballard, James The Drowned Giant
- Bester, Alfred Snowball
- Bloom, William , The Canterbury Tale
- Braithwaite, Edward , "Honorary White"
- Braithwaite, Edward , “Teacher with Love”
- Wongar, Birimbir , Karan
- Vonnegut, Kurt "People Without Bodies"
- Glenville, Brian , The Olympian (storybook)
- Collins, Jackie, "Hollywood Husbands"
- Collins, Wilkie , “Husband and Wife” (co-authored with M. Litvinova)
- Collier, John, “The Cards Tell the Truth” (storybook)
- Christy, Agatha , "Grains in Your Pocket"
- Christie, Agatha , “And the Mirror Circle in the Cracks”
- Christie, Agatha , "Mrs. McGinty has parted with life"
- McBain, Ed , In the Morning
- McBain, Ed, “An Attempt on a Lady” (co-authored with A. Leshchinsky)
- Macklin, Alistair , “Dust on the Road” (co-authored with A. Leshchinsky)
- Maugham, William Somerset , Stories
- O'Connor, Frank , Stories
- Parkinson, Northcott, The Law of Deferment
- Plunkett, James , The Web (storybook)
- Wright, Richard Nathaniel , Midway through Life
- Stout, Rex , The Second Confession
- Steinbeck, John , The Red Pony
- Mark Twain , The Gifts of Civilization (Essays)
- Forster, Edward Morgan , Maurice
- Francis, Dick , The Last Barrier
- Friel, Brian , stories
- Hines, Barry, “The Price of Coal”
- Hartley, Leslie, The Mediator
- Hartley, Leslie, The Price of Perfection
- Haley, Alex, The Roots
- Hilliard, Noel, Maori Girl
- Hughes, Monica, “The Ghost Dance Story”
- Chase, James Headley , The Hitting Case
- Chase, James Headley , “If Life is Important to You”