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5.0 out of 5 stars On the New Translation, 19 Mar. 2009
This review is from: The Pillow Book (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
I have to question the translation of the previous version by Ivan Morris for Shonagon coming across as an early twentieth century Western Modernist prose writer. Though he argues its accuracy, I believe there is little need for direct accuracy, because just as an accurate translation of Anna Kerenina to the East would lose Tolstoy, and how Alexander Pope's accury of Iliad lost Homer, Marris' accuracy of The Pillow Book loses Shonagon. This translation, though I am usually the first to criticize contemporary translations, which often dumb down the language of the work (see Edith Grossman's Don Quixote) this translation retains the poetic language, the airy pacing of the prose and the rich scent of its gentle observer. Above all, being much more of a pleasure to read.
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