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Peer Gynt / Edition 2

Peer Gynt / Edition 2

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by Herrick Ibsen, Rolf Fjelde

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ISBN-10: 0816609152

ISBN-13: 9780816609154

Pub. Date: 12/28/1980

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

The epic story of Peer's quest for the meaning of life as he staggers from the fjords of Norway to the deserts of Africa and back.

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peterungar More than 1 year ago
I do not speak Norwegian but I grew up in Hungary. The Hungarian poet Lajos Áprily made a translation of Peer Gynt which is itself great poetry. Reading it one experiences the pleasure readers of the original get. William and Charles Archer's English translation gives you the words and the linebreaks of the play. It gives no idea of the experience of reading or hearing the original. A poem is more than the sum of the meanings of its words. Lots of unnecessary new translations of classics are published in the US because professors can generate sales by assigning them in their classes. This conflict of interest should be eliminated by the rule that if a book by a faculty member is assigned, the royalty is to be refunded to the students of that college who have to buy the book. This should also help prevent bad translations crowding out good ones that may exist.
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