poet, novelist, and translator. His work has been enriched by his familiarity with Russian literature, and his translations include two volumes of the poems of Akhmatova (1976, 1979) and Pushkin's The Bronze Horseman and other poems (1982); his own volumes of poetry include Two Voices (1968), Logan Stone (1971), Love and Other Deaths (1975), The Honeymoon Voyage (1978), Dreaming in Bronze (1981), and Selected Poems (1983). His novels include The Flute‐Player (1979) and Birthstone (1980). Thomas achieved international success with his novel The White Hotel (1981), which combines an invented case history of one of Freud's patients, Russian–Jewish Lisa Erdman, with her erotic and nightmare fantasies in prose and verse, a realistic account of her cure, her career as opera singer and subsequent marriage, and the steps that lead her and her stepson Kolya to her dream‐foreseen death in the 1941 massacre at Babi Yar. Ararat (1983) shows a similar brooding on the theme of holocaust (this time of the Armenians). This was followed by Swallow (1984), Sphinx (1986), Summit (1987), Lying Together (1990), Flying into Love (1992), and Eating Pavlova (1994). He has also published a volume of autobiography, Memories and Hallucinations (1988), and a life of Solzhenitsyn (1997).