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Collected Narrative and Lyrical Poetry Hardcover – 1984


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'Walter Arndt of Dartmouth College has for many years been fashioning his own fine and exceedingly faithful renderings, almost always in the meter and rhyme scheme of the original poem... As soon as the reader gets into the swing of Mr. Arndt's versions - particularly those of Pushkin's longer poems - he loses any sense of artificiality and is carried along by the story and pace and dash with which it is recounted... One reason Mr. Arndt's versions are so good is that they do not draw attention, as more self-regarding translations have been apt to do, to the difficulty of the thing; they go with a swing that makes it easy to read them and draws us naturally into the narrative flow. Mr Arndt shows how much easier it is to read a narrative poem in verse equivalent than in the defeatest form of what is called a 'plain prose translation'.' --New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An Excellent Translation 4 Oct 2000
By Christopher A. Mohr - Published on Amazon.com
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After finding this book, I found it difficult to put down. Translating Russian poetry is a challenge indeed, and most translators will make mention of that, but Arndt does not. I have read the original Russian of most of these works, as well as several attempts (all unsuccessful) to translate Pushkin, and this is the first time that any person has been able to successfully render its depth and character in English. If you like good poetry, but can't read Russian, then this is the book you will want, and treasure for years to come.
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Fantastic translation 9 Aug 2001
By Mikhail Arkhipov - Published on Amazon.com
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I've bought this book as a gift to my English-speaking friend and was very impressed with the translation. It is so close to the Russian original. I also like that the books includes fairly tales - excellent reading for kids.
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Pushkin Rocks! 15 Jan 2006
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I am a huge fan of Pushkin, and this is the best book of his poems! I got this for my birthday, and I read it all night it was so good! I love his poems, and some are even funny.
Russian classic 4 Oct 2013
By Leif Sonkin - Published on Amazon.com
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Pushkin is an old favorite and I am going to give this book to my grandson. I will not give any reviews an more because You presses me with more words.
The best poetry I've ever read 9 July 2013
By Vladimir Golochtchekov - Published on Amazon.com
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Pushkin is # 1 poet in whole world. Nobody can express himself better in poetry part than him He is excellent in poetry and rich in words
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