Answer for Sanna - translation in Russian, Darcy and Bolkonsky
Posted by Inna on August 09, 1998 at 01:23:31:
Hello Sanna --
Thank you for your interesting letter. Regarding Russian translations of Jane - all I have read are really wonderful. I have read 3 translations of P&P, 2 - of North. Ab., 2 translations of S&S, and one of each other novels. Nobody of translators uses 19th century language - it is normal Russian. We were "happy" to have really good translators in USSR, not only for Jane. The problem was that best Russian writers had to earn for life by translating, because they cannot print their own books - during all this awful "soviet" time. My first book had also very good comments. The last full edition I bought (dated 1988) is an 'academic' one - it includes a lot of illustration - the same as I saw in this site, Jane's and her family pictures, drawings, biography and detailed comments for each novel.
I am able to read Jane in English, but it is not the same pleasure for me, because it is not my native language. The same is with Tolkien. Usually I read in English sci fi, detectives, horror novels and professional books (I am a programmer) - but my favorite books I have to read in Russian - because I want to understand each word exactly.
I am afraid you can hardly get real pleasure of Tolstoy in Russian - because of the same reason. As to me, I studied Tolstoy and Tshechov too much in school - and I would never even compare Darcy, who is a real person for me, to one of
'written' persons like Andrew Bolkonsky. No one of Great Rusiian Writers (and I have read a lot of them) never gave me the same pleasure like Jane. The only one I would like to mention here is Michael Bulgakov, his "Master and Margarita". Did you read it?
My best wishes
- Master and Margarita Silke 10:11:27 8/12/98 (0)
- Speaking of JA in other languages . . . Diane 22:39:15 8/09/98 (2)
- (Remove NewbieB)Thank you! Maybe you´ve an English soul, as... sanna 06:05:10 8/09/98 (0)
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