Robert Chandler studied Russian at Leeds University and spent the academic year 1973-74 as a British Council exchange scholar in Voronezh, a large city 200 miles south of Moscow.
His translations of Sappho and Apollinaire are published in the series Everyman’s Poetry. His own poems have been published in the TLS and elsewhere, but he is best known for his translations from Russian. These include Alexander Pushkin's The Captain's Daughter, Vasily Grossman's Everything Flows, The Road and Life and Fate, many works by Andrey Platonov, and Hamid Ismailov’s novel The Railway, set in Central Asia.
He has compiled three anthologies for Penguin, including The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry, published in February 2015. He is also the author of Brief Lives: Alexander Pushkin.
For several years he has taught classes in literature and translation at Queen Mary, University of London. He also works as a mentor for the BCLT mentorship scheme.
His translations have won prizes in both the UK and the USA and his co-translation of Vasily Grossman's An Armenian Sketchbook was shortlisted for the PEN Translation Prize.