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Topic: Anna Karenina-- Good Translator?

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Subject: Anna Karenina-- Good Translator?
Date Posted: 2/26/2010 12:17 PM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2007
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Hi, all!

I've become curious about reading Anna Karenina and I'm hoping to pick up a copy soon. I'm wondering if anyone has any opinions on a good translator for the work?  I know sometimes the translation can make something more readable.

As I browse through different editions on Amazon and such, I see that the most widely used translator is Constance Garrett, so I'm assuming this translation is the most accepted and/or readable.

If anyone has any thoughts on a translator or a specific edition, I'd love the help :)


- Tracy

Date Posted: 2/26/2010 1:48 PM ET
Member Since: 6/5/2007
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The newer translation by Peavear and Volokhonsky is far superior to the Garnett translation. But, her translation was the standard for so long (and was the ones that I used in college) so I think that's why they are so widely seen.