Thursday, November 11, 2010

Collage 239

You can make out on the top of this one the words, "Oh thank God for the radiant sky". Other lines follow which we can't quite make out. Tolstoy often repeats the same word in a passage -- multiple times. For example, the little princess with dark hair on her lips or Pierre's corpulent body and white soft hands. He used "radiant sky" many times in Prince Andrei's death scene [he survived]. The translators Pevear/Volokhonsky remain true to his repetitions, whereas earlier translators repeated a word only once. We like how this translation team stays true to the original text. -- Lola

Lynn Waskelis
from page 485-486 of original text
collage, photo corners
made 9/24/10
page 384-386 of Pevear/Volokhonsky translation

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