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War and Peace (Pevear/Volokhonsky Translation)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

A landmark masterpiece brought to new life in a brilliantly re-thought translation.

Translations of great works are usually a tricky business. One problem is that translations do not really age well. In works by Homer or Vergil, for instance, the originals remain fresh and timeless, but the translations soon come to seem stodgy or stuffy or worse -...
Translations of great works are usually a tricky business. One problem is that translations do not really age well. In works by Homer or Vergil, for instance, the originals remain fresh and timeless, but the translations soon come to seem stodgy or stuffy or worse -- what was truly great about the original can easily become obscured. So basically, the translations of the great works have to be recalibrated for each new generation. And even with that, not all translations are equally effective.

This translation of War and Peace is a model of the translator's craft and art. They seem to have fully understood Tolstoy's goals and style.
A long story, War and Peace does require a certain amount of commitment on the part of the reader. But this absorbing, erudite, clever and deeply human translation rewards the time dedicated to reading it. It is often said that War and Peace encompasses every possible emotion and experience that could be found in human life. Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation that honors the original and makes it accesible to a larger audience than ever before. I have strongly requested a number of friends to read this book. They have all thanked me profusely and we have enjoyed many wonderful conversations about its contents.

posted by 3220218 on March 20, 2010

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5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Review of NOOK version

DON'T buy the NOOK version of this book. I did. And I regretted it INSTANTLY. This book has TONS of footnotes that you have to read as you go along. However, in the NOOK version you can't easily access the footnotes as they are all at the back of the book rather tha...
DON'T buy the NOOK version of this book. I did. And I regretted it INSTANTLY. This book has TONS of footnotes that you have to read as you go along. However, in the NOOK version you can't easily access the footnotes as they are all at the back of the book rather than on the same page. I'm totally disappointed that I can't return this ebook (B&N has a no returns policy on ebooks). I'm going to have to buy the PAPER version of this book in order to read it.

posted by InlandEmpireReader on January 31, 2011

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    THIS IS NOT, REPEAT NOT, the Pevear / Volokhonsky translation!

    THIS IS NOT, REPEAT NOT, the Pevear / Volokhonsky translation! This is the Constance Garnet translation. Do NOT buy if you want the Pevear / Volokhonsky translation.

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