Petro, Peter 1946–

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Petro, Peter 1946–

PERSONAL: Born August 17, 1946, in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia); son of Jan (a graphic artist) and Elizabeth (a wine merchant) Petro; married February 26, 1966; wife's name Sonia Maria (a ballet dancer); children: Ulysses, Erika, Ingrid, Christian. Education: Attended Comenius University, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia); University of British Columbia, B.A., 1970; M.A., 1972; University of Alberta, Ph.D., 1978. Hobbies and other interests: Music (drums, rock, jazz, Latin).

ADDRESSES: Home—4684 West 8th Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia V6R 2A7, Canada. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, began as associate professor, became professor of Russian studies, 1977–, coordinator of Russian program, and chair of program in modern European studies. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture; A WWWeb Journal, member of advisory board; member of editorial board, Most and Slovakia.

WRITINGS:

Modern Satire: Four Studies, Mouton (New York, NY), 1982.

(Translator) Martin M. Simecka, The Year of the Frog: A Novel, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1993.

A History of Slovak Literature, McGill-Queen's University (Buffalo, NY), 1995.

(Editor) Critical Essays on Milan Kundera, G.K. Hall (New York, NY), 1999.

Contributor of more than sixty articles and translations to academic journals.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Translating Rivers of Babylon, by Pistanek.

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Bookwatch, May, 1999, review of Critical Essays on Milan Kundera, p. 2.

Canadian Book Review Annual, 1997, review of A History of Slovak Literature, p. 276.

Choice, June, 1996, review of A History of Slovak Literature, p. 1650.

Reference and Research Book News, March, 1996, review of A History of Slovak Literature, p. 52; August, 1999, review of Critical Essays on Milan Kundera, p. 149.

World Literature Today, autumn, 1999, review of Critical Essays on Milan Kundera, p. 774.

ONLINE

University of British Columbia Web site: Peter Petro Home Page, http://www.german.ubc.ca/ (April 10, 2006).