“In the Russian original these books have a very special vibration. When reading the Russian originals of these books I have very strong bodily sensations — a wave of cold air running up and down my back and I get chills all the time…”
– Dr Sharashkin
About Dr Sharashkin
Series Editor, Co-translator, and Founder of Ringing Cedars Press — the publisher of the Ringing Cedars Series in English
Together with his wife he has translated into Russian Small is Beautiful and A Guide for the Perplexed by E.F. Schumacher, The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff and Birth without Violence by Frederick Leboyer.
During the 3-year translation process of the Ringing Cedars Series, Dr Sharashkin has checked every sentence of the English against the original Russian for the "feeling" content and emotional impact. The English translation has been refined until the same powerful response could be felt.
Dr Sharashkin explains:
“The Russian language is really a language of the heart. It's of the same age as Sanskrit — so when you translate from this "language of the heart" into the English language — which is very pragmatic, very well-structured, very logical — it's really the language of the mind — you cannot just be translating words or even meanings of words — you need to be translating the experiences, the images, the feelings that stand behind the words and to rework the translation until the energy and vibration of the translation match that of the original.
Dr Sharashkin's Qualifications
After receiving a Master's degree in Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management from Indiana University at Bloomington, he headed the Conservation Finance and Economic Programme of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF Russia) in Moscow. During this time he also served as editor of Russia's largest environmental magazine, The Panda Times.
Dr Sharashkin wrote his doctoral dissertation on the spiritual, cultural and economic significance of the Russian dacha gardening movement, at the University of Missouri at Columbia.