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The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Jul 12, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: russian

I curse the Mickey Mouse Law, which is the reason why publishers continue to insult us with bad translations. Who could trust a translator who cannot even express herself well in her own native language? Here is an example of Constance Garnett in action. Page 57:

"A Frenchman is not often naturally polite. He is always polite, as it were, to order, with a motive."

And here is a more coherent translation by Pevear and Volokhonsky. Page 217:

"A Frenchman is rarely amiable by nature; he is always amiable as if on command, out of calculation." (ISBN: 1400044707)

Please, dear goodreads friends, do yourself a favor and get a newer, better translation. It may cost more $$, but it's worth the buck.
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Prakash I have read Constance Garnett's translations for Crime and Punishment and House of the Dead. She does a fine job. In this one though, she was lacking. Anyway the 2010 translation is said to be better than the Volokhonsky one of 2007

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