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Look what was in the mail!

Heading in to the city this afternoon to find a nice cafe and do some serious reading...

posted morning of Saturday, May 27th, 2017
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So, what do you make of this translation? As the book isn't cheap, I wonder if it is worth the investment.

posted afternoon of June 19th, 2017 by The Untranslated

Insofar as I can judge, it seems to me (a quarter of the way through the book) like a good translation by and large. The phrasing sounds natural to my ear; it does not feel particularly like I'm reading a work translated from another language. The translations of verse are particularly noteworthy (and they sound at times a *lot* like Nabokov). There are infrequent but glaring (I've noticed two or three over the course of the first 150 pages) copy-editing failures.

As to whether it's worth it, I would say I think it is. Note however that OneWorld publications has recently bought rights to publish the book in English translation, so it may soon be available for less money.

posted evening of June 21st, 2017 by Jeremy Osner

Thanks a lot for sharing your impressions!

posted morning of June 22nd, 2017 by The Untranslated


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