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Faust: Part One: Pt. 1 (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 8 May 2008
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`Luke has done us all - including, if one may say so, Goethe - a potently good turn. We should take advantage of it.' D.J. Enright, Observer
`a translation "for our time" without signs of strain.' D. J. Enright, The Observer
`At last! A translation of Goethe's masterpiece which reads like a masterpiece in English. David Luke conveys the meaning, intellectual passion and Byronic raciness of the original. This is a poet's as well as a scholar's version, for David Luke has written original poems of great distinction.' Stephen Spender, Spectator
'scrupulous and well-informed, backed up by scholarly clarification of the text's difficult history ... one of the most spirited efforts to capture the great poetic drama' Independent
'a translation of really poetic quality, preceded by an informative introduction and a most useful synopsis of the various stages of composition of the drama ... This reissue is most welcome: for over and above having available for the non-Germanist an English version of this novel.'The Classical Era
'signs of struggle are remarkably few ... The price he pays for rhyming is never too high, and the profits are immense. Michael Hamburger once noted that while Faust had been translated again and again, no single version had established itself as a standard text for the English-speaking world. With his Parts One and Two, both in Oxford University Press World's Classics, Luke has provided us with exactly that.'Times Literary Supplement
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The best translation of "Faust available, this volume provides the original German text and its English counterpart on facing pages. Walter Kaufmann's translation conveys the poetic beauty and rhythm as well as the complex depth of Goethe's language. Includes Part One and selections from Part Two. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Penguin Classics have been giving us Philip Wayne's translation for many years. The translation is good, but having been done in the 1940's, it is now showing it's age, not least in the language which can seem to contemporary tastes a little ponderous. David Constantine is one of the best English poets now writing. He is also probably the leading translator of German poetry. Thus I looked forward to how he would approach the task.
He does not disappoint. What we get is a poetic, Faust that is fresh, vibrant and alive. What's more it's easier to follow the narrative, with some very illuminating notes at the back (the Wayne version had none) on the origins of certain phrases. It's also a good read, the version I would recommend to any one coming to the text for the first time.
Thank you, David. I look forward to see what you have done with Faust, Part II: Pt. 2, which I've just ordered.
I must admit I wasn't too sure what to expect, how would or could someone tell a complex story containing many interacting characters in the form of a poem? It is worth reading this book to find not only to that question but to experience a true masterpiece of language and literature based on a German folktale.
The introduction is engaging and explanatory and puts the story and how it is told into context, this is of the utmost importance as without this the story would become confusing.
Expand your engagement with literature and buy this book, you will only grow from reading it.
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