Joseph Fineberg

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Joe Fineberg (1886–1957) was a prominent translator for the Communist International. He produced English translations of works by Alexander Bogdanov, Nikolay Dobrolyubov, Ilya Ehrenburg, Vladimir Lenin, Boris Polevoy, Leo Tolstoy and others.[1][2]

Joe was born in Poland but it was while in London that he became active in the Jewish Social Democratic Organisation, a section of the British Socialist Party (BSP) for Jews based in London's East End. Although living in Hackney, he was secretary of the Stepney BSP branch.[3]

In July 1918, Fineberg moved to post revolutionary Russia of his own volition, at a time when many of his comrades were being deported. Once there he became a translator for the Communist International and joined the Bolshevik British Communist Group in Russia.

Fineberg was at the Founding Congress of the Comintern (2–6 March 1919).

Works translated[edit]

  • Alexander Bogdanov & Šolom Dvolajckij: A Short Course of Economic Science (published in English in 1923)
  • Lenin: What is to be done (published in English in 1929)
  • Lenin: Left Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder (published in English in 1935)
  • Dobrolyubov, N. A. Selected philosophical essays. Moscow : Foreign Languages Publishing House. 1956. xlvi, 659 p. Translated by J. Fineberg.
  • Ehrenburg, Ilya. The storm : a novel in six parts. Moscow : Foreign Languages Publishing House. 1948. [736] p. Translated by J. Fineberg.
  • Golubov, S. Bagrattion : the honour and glory of 1812. Moscow : Foreign Languages Publishing House. 1945. [264] p. Translated by J. Fineberg.
  • Gorky, M. Selected works in two volumes : volume 1 : stories plays. Moscow : Foreign Languages Publishing House. 1948. 698 p. Translated by B. Isaacs, J. Fineberg, M. Wettlin, R. Prokofieva, and H. Kasanina.
  • Lenin, V. I. Collected works volume 4 : 1989 - April 1901. Moscow : Progress Publishers. 4th ed., 1977. 574 p. Translated by Joe Fineberg, George Hanna, and Victor Jerome.
  • Lenin, V. I. Collected works volume 5 : May 1901 - February 1902. Moscow : Progress Publishers. 5th ed., 1977. 574 p. Translated by Joe Fineberg, George Hanna, and Victor Jerome.
  • Lenin, V. I. Collected works volume 20 : December 1913 - August 1914. Moscow : Progress Publishers. 3rd ed., 1977. 625 p. Translated by Bernard Isaacs, Joe Fineberg, and Julius Katzer.
  • Lenin, V. I. Collected works volume 23 : August 1916 - March 1917. Moscow : Progress Publishers. 5th ed., 1981. 427 p. Translated by M. S. Levin and Joe Fineberg.
  • Lenin, V. I. Leiteisen, C. (editor). On peaceful coexistence. Moscow : Foreign Languages Publishing House. [256] p. Translated by George Hanna and Joseph Fineberg.
  • Pavlenko, Pyotr. Happiness : a novel. Moscow : Foreign Languages Publishing House. 1950. [595] p. Series title: Library of selected Soviet literature. Translated by J. Fineberg.
  • Plekhanov, G. V. The role of the individual in history. Moscow : Foreign Languages Publishing House. 1946. 56 p. Translated by J. Fineberg.
  • Polevoi, Boris. Skvirsky, David (editor). A story about a real man. Moscow : Progress Publishers. 5th ed., 1973. 344 p. Series title: Progress Soviet authors library. Translated by Joe Fineberg.
  • Safonov, V. Land in bloom. Moscow : Foreign Languages Publishing House. [544] p. Translated by J. Fineberg.
  • Stepanov, A. Port Arthur : a historical narrative. Moscow : Foreign Languages Publishing House. 1947. 784 p. Translated by J. Fineberg.
  • Tolstoy, Leo. Tales of Sevastopol. Moscow : Foreign Languages Publishing House. 1952. [154] p. Series title: Classics of Russian literature. Translated by J. Fineberg.
  • Tolstoy, Lev. Tales of Sevastopol + The Cossacks. Moscow : Progress Publishers. 367 p. Series title: Progress Russian classics series. Translated by Robert Daglish and Joe Feinberg.
  • Voroshilov, K., Zhdanov, A., Popkov, P., Tikhonov, N., Krukov, V., Fadeyev, A., Fyedorov, E., Luknitsky, P., Vishnevsky, V., Chukovsky, N., Indursky, S., Kunga, E., Farfal, S., Frantishev, L., Govorov, L., Gussev, D., Kuznetsov, A., Solovyov, N., Antonov, V., Bergholz, O., and Tikhonov, N. Heroic Leningrad : documents, sketches and stories of its siege and relief. Moscow : Foreign Languages Publishing House. 1945. [152] p. Translated by J. Fineberg.
  • Wipper, R. Ivan Grozny. Moscow : Foreign Languages Publishing House. 1947. 254 p. Translated by J. Fineberg.

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