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  •  Thanks for the list. (2+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, Brecht

    I'm reading Anna Karenina as we speak (Pevear/Volokhonsky translation) and am totally blown away. This is one of the deepest but most readable stories ever, a tribute to Tolstoy. Even had me googling for pix of Russian peasants in 1875, and I've never been interested in Russia.

    This after decades of avoiding the Russian authors because of fear of complexity (or long names), altho I did read Crime and Punishment in the 60s when I didn't have a TV.

    I foresee a long happy reading life for me now....

    •  I bought the Pevear/Volokhonsky 'Anna Karenina' (1+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest

      a week and a half ago, and am looking forward to it very much. There was an illuminating article on them especially, and translation in general: The Translation Wars.

      I've been swimming in books about Russian Novels, and will write a three diary overview (in July, I hope). If you want "a long happy reading life", I'll have about fifty more suggestions for you . . .

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 01:13:43 PM PDT

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