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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Listen carefully: when you read a work translated, the translator makes a big difference. Constance Garnett is a fine translator, but she tends to literally translate (not literal as in a machine translation, but rather, so no word is lost). This tends to make the book wordy and grates on many people's nerves (not just mine--read the other reviews here)
CAVEAT EMPTOR. You have been warned. A better, more modern translator might be: Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.
And as they say in Russian: "If you don't believe it, take it as a fairy tale" (translated).