English translation of Nikolai Gogol: Garnett or Pevear \ Volokhonsky?
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Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
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Jan 13, 2009

I'm torn between two editions of Gogol's complete tales. There's ' Complete Tales...' in two volumes by Constance Garnett, and also Pevear and Volokhonsky's 'Collected Tales...', although it doesn't include Taras Bulba.

The reviews I've found about the translations are very mixed. Some people claim that Garnett is more faithful to Gogol's literary style, some say that Pevear and Volokhonsky are. I'd prefer a faithful translation even if it's harder to read. For those who are familiar with these translators, which one would you recommend me?

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Claudia


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Garnett Jan 13, 2009

Garnett

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Garnett Jan 14, 2009

Stephen Franke wrote:

Garnett


Thank you Stephen. Any particular reason?


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You may enjoy both but differently Jan 14, 2009

I will tell the truth - I have not read it, but I've asked a friend who has. These are his comments: Garnett you will enjoy as a fresh salad, and Volokonsky-as a spicy dish.

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Claudia Alvis, Jan 15, 2009

quantity opinions == quantity humans;-) read both & will have own.

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Thanks Jan 20, 2009

I guess that's what I'll do. I was hoping to find a definitive review about both versions; but if there is, I couldn't find it. I bought Garnett's translation; I'll get Pevear/Volokhonsky later.

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