Mikhail Viesel

Born 20 July 1970, Moscow, Russia.

1987-1992: Studied at the Moscow Institute of Chemical Engineering; degree in mechanical engineering.

1993-1998: Studied at the Gorky Institute of Literature in Moscow; degree in literary translations.

1996- present: freelance cultural critic and essayist, writing for leading Moscow publications (see below).

1998-2002: post-graduate student at Gorky Institute of Literature, writing a dissertation about Italo Calvino and literary hypertext.

1999-2002, 2003-2004: staff editor for Moscow's leading online newspaper, (, responsible for
- searching out relevant news items and keeping track of developing stories
- writing and editing stories according to online newspaper format
- developing hypertext apparatus, converting text into hypertext using HTML, FTP clients, graphics processors.
- collaborating with the site's information affiliates

2003: Script writer for two weekly 30-min shows for channel Rambler-TV": "Music of the planet" and "Music and Internet".

2004: Staff editor for pop-science magazine "GeoFocus"

2004 - 2006: PR-director for Fundamental Digital Library "Russian Literature and Folklore"
2004 - 2007: staff editor (books reviewer) for Time Out Moscow
2007 - 2011: staff editor for "Inostranka/CoLibri publishers" ("Atticus Publishing house")
2009 - 2012: Lecturer for creative writing courses at CINEMOTION (to relaunch at the fall 2014 at Garage Culture Centre)
2011 - 2012: Columnist for Lenta.Ru
2012 - present: Lecturer for courses of literary translation from Italian at Moscampus and from English at MediaSchool AiF

Important Publications

"Calvino's Later Works as Examples of Hypertext," Setevaya Slovestnost' (Net Belles Lettres) ( Moscow: November, 1998
French translation: Les derniers romans d'Italo Calvino comme hypertextes

"Hypertexts on Both Sides of the Computer Screen", Inostrannaya Literatura (Foreign Literature), Moscow: October, 1999.

"Twelve Plots in Search of a Reader: Calvino's 'If on a Winter's Night a Traveller…'" Vestnik Molodykh Uchenykh (Journal of Young Scientists: Philological Series,) Vol. 6'01, St. Petersburg: 2001

"Literary Games on the Internet", Novy Mir (New World), Moscow: April, 2002

Hypertext literary project "Le città invisibili on-line" ( (2002)

New York City Travel Guide (240 pgs. Moscow: Afisha, 2003 - 7th issue, 2012)

"Pure Art" (About Umberto Eco's Mouse or Rat?: Translation as negotiation). Inostrannaya Literatura (Foreign Literature), Moscow: February, 2007.

"Electronic literature: known unknown?" (About N.K. Hayles's Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary), Novoye Literaturnoe obozrenie (New Literary Review), Moscow: 2011

"Go on post - go off post" (About Sorokin, Pelevin and Russian literary Postmodernism), Expert, Moscow: December 2012.

"The fossilated grin of the Futurism" (About the collection of the Manifestos of Italian Futurism). Tekst i Traditia (Text&Tradition), St. Petersburg: 2014.

"The English sex", Teatr, Moscow, 2014.

Main literary translations

From Italian

From English

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