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The Master and Margarita audiobook. Russian literature classics. Volokhonsky and Pevear translation
But now I wonder, have English readers been ill-served by these deceptively elegant translations? Do we not deserve access to a version of The Idiot that is as badly-written as the one Russians cherish? So my first task, when my book club settled on The Master and Margarita for its next meeting, was to determine which translation I wanted to read. It was in good shape and it cost ten bucks, and it seemed easier to just grab it rather than wait for the Glenny edition to arrive, more expensively, via Abebooks. As a service to the reading community, here are two more versions of the opening paragraph, for comparison with the Ginsburg and Glenny versions excerpted on About Last Night:.
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This topic is about Mikhail Bulgakov. Which Translation is Best? Jul 30, AM. I'm reading The Master and Margarita for the second time. Last time, maybe 5 years back, I read the new Penguin Classics edition Richard Pevear translation and I enjoyed it but wasn't as bowled over as I expected from this being the favorite novel of many friends. So this time, having totally loved the language in Mirra Ginsberg's fantastic translation of Yevgeny Zamyatin's The Dragon: Fifteen Stories , I decided to go with her older version.
If many Russian classics are dark and deep and full of the horrors of the blackness of the human soul or, indeed, are about the Gulag , then this is the one book to buck the trend. Of all the Russian classics, The Master and Margarita is undoubtedly the most cheering. In some ways, the book has an odd reputation. Most of all, it is the book that saved me when I felt like I had wasted my life. The Master and Margarita is a reminder that, ultimately, everything is better if you can inject a note of silliness and of the absurd.
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