P&V seem to pride themselves on sticking close to the original. But the reason so many celebrated translators do not do so as diligently as they do is that languages differ in what means they use to convey concepts. This language conveys something with an adjective while that language needs a phrase for it. This language conveys something with a quiet resonance from a word while that language nails that something with an explicit suffix. This language expresses something which, rendered in that other language, sounds hopelessly affected or insincere and you have to work around it.
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Begging to differ …
PEVEAR AND VOLOKHONSKY ARE INDEED OVERRATED: MY TWO ROUBLES. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)