DESSAIX, Robert. Australian, b. 1944. Genres: Literary criticism and history. Career: University professor, literary interviewer and commentator, and broadcaster. Australian National University, Canberra, teacher, until 1985; ABC Radio National's Books and Writing Program, producer and presenter, 1985-95. Publications: Turgenev: The Quest for Faith (criticism), 1980; (trans, with Ulman) The Sheepskin Coat & An Absolutely Happy Village (novellas), by B. Vakhtin, 1990; A Mother's Disgrace (autobiography), 1994; Night Letters (fiction), 1996. EDITOR: (and trans, with M. Ulman) A History of Post-War Soviet Writing: The Literature of Moral Opposition (criticism), by G. Svirski, 1981; Australian Gay and Lesbian Writing: An Anthology, 1993; (with H. Daniel) Picador New Writing (anthology), 1993. Address: c/o Lyn Tranter, Australian Literary Management, 2-A Booth St., Balmain, NSW 2041, Australia.