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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: MELVILLE HOUSE PUBLISHING (23 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612191037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612191034
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 691,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic translation 18 Aug. 2013
By Orson Welles - Published on
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I read a review in the TLS of two translations of Nickolai Levsky's The Enchanted Wanderer. The Enchanted Wanderer: and Other Stories (The TLS review was written A. N. Wilson and entitled "Chekhov's less famous master." It appeared in the 15 May 2013 issue. you can easily find it for free by googling this information.) I have to agree with the reviewer that the Ian Dreiblatt translation is far superior to Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky 's. The Dreiblatt translation is hilarious (when it is supposed to be hilarious). The Enchanted Wanderer (The Art of the Novella) The humor and general rawness and immediacy of Dreiblatt's rendering does just not come across in P and V's rather stilted rendering. Dreiblatt knows how to use the same word to set up a joke. See the repetition of "fake" passport in chapter five, for example. Dreiblatt sets up "fake" as the punchline ("it's just that it was fake"). Peaver and V first use "illegal" and then "false," totally spoiling the effect. And whoever heard of a "false" passport? "Fake" is clearly the correct word. Similar examples could easily be multiplied. I am happy to have both translation as the the P and V is not only a handsome and inexpensive hardcover but contains many other wonderful stories and novellas by Leskov as well. I am baffled by the relative poverty of imagination in the P and V translation. I am amazed by the amount of effort and energy that went into their translation, and I am grateful that they did it. Both are obviously brilliant scholars. Somehow, they don't seem to have an ear for English, or at least not for the kind of English that would best suit Leskov..
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Nicola Says ... 24 Mar. 2013
By Nicola Mansfield - Published on
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This month I received two books of Russian literature and decided to start with this one as compared to the other novellas I've been reading it is a veritable tome at 210 pages. Which I guess is appropriate for a novella of Russian Lit when you think of the average length of a Russian novel. LOL I haven't read any classic Russian works unless you count Doctor Zhivago and modern 20th century authors, but I have read many short stories such as Tolstoy and Chekhov. This was an entirely new piece to me. I found myself likening it to Don Quixote with the man's outlandish experiences as he wanders across his countryside, perhaps mad, perhaps making it up, perhaps telling the truth. On the other hand I would liken it in a way to the tale of Job. A man who must suffer the tribulations given to him by God. Ivan kills a monk and the monk's spirit comes back and tells him that his life will be full of hardships leading up to near-death experiences but he will not ever die no matter how bad things get and this will continue his whole life until he accepts his destiny to answer the call of God and become a monk himself. The book follows Ivan's life from young adulthood to old age as he goes from one escapade to another sometimes he merely suffers a beating other times he survives circumstances that should have been the death of anyone else. As I read the book I couldn't decide whether I liked it or not; it was an on again off again affair with me. There were parts that I found dragged. The sheer amount of events that happen in this short book is enormous giving it a very fast pace which leaves one forgetting what happened previously. But at other times I was caught up in Ivan's story and whether he was exaggerating or telling the truth I didn't really care; the tales had a captivating fairy tale quality to them I truly enjoyed while the writing flowed beautifully. An enjoyable read that has whetted my appetite for more Russian works and I look forward to the next book this month.
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Wonderful sound, well worth the price. I should have bought this long ago rather than waiting for my recent purchase.
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