Anthony Rudolf was born in 1942 in London, where he still lives. He has two children and three grandchildren. He studied modern languages and social anthropology at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is a major translator of literary works from French, Russian and other languages: these include books by Yves Bonnefoy, Claude Vigée, Edmond Jabès and Evgeny Vinokurov. He is also the author of a trilogy of memoirs: Silent Conversations: a Reader's Life, A Vanished Hand and The Arithmetic of Memory. His critical work includes the first extended study in English of Primo Levi and a wide range of essays on international modernist writers - among them F.T. Prince, Piotr Rawicz and George Oppen - and artists such as Kitaj and Hammershøi. He was the founder and publisher of Menard Press. A former Visiting Lecturer in Arts and Humanities at London Metropolitan University, he is Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the English Association, and Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 1998, under the narrative influence of Paula Rego, he turned to fiction, completing a book of prose fables.