Verses and Versions: Three Centuries of Russian Poetry

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Vladimir Nabokov was hailed by Salman Rushdie as the most important writer ever to cross the boundary between one language and another. A Russian emigre who began writing in English after his forties, Nabokov was a trilingual author, equally competent in Russian, English, and French. A gifted and tireless translator, he bridged the gap between languages nimbly and joyously.Here, collected for the first time in one volume as Nabokov always wished, are many of his English translations of Russian verse, presented next to the Russian originals, as well as three never-before-published poems written in English by Nabokov himself. Here, also, are some of his notes on the dangers and thrills of translation. With an introduction by Brian Boyd, author of the prize-winning biography of Nabokov, "Verses and Versions" is a momentous and authoritative contribution to Nabokov's published works.

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VLADIMIR NABOKOV WAS HAILED BY SALMAN RUSHDIE AS THE MOST IMPORTANT WRITER EVER TO CROSS THE BOUNDARY BETWEEN ONE LANGUAGE AND ANOTHER. A RUSSIAN EMIGRE WHO BEGAN WRITING IN ENGLISH AFTER HIS FORTIES, NABOKOV WAS A TRILINGUAL AUTHOR, EQUALLY COMPETENT IN RUSSIAN, ENGLISH, AND FRENCH. A GIFTED AND TIRELESS TRANSLATOR, HE BRIDGED THE GAP BETWEEN LANGUAGES NIMBLY AND JOYOUSLY.HERE, COLLECTED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ONE VOLUME AS NABOKOV ALWAYS WISHED, ARE MANY OF HIS ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS OF RUSSIAN VERSE, PRESENTED NEXT TO THE RUSSIAN ORIGINALS, AS WELL AS THREE NEVER-BEFORE-PUBLISHED POEMS WRITTEN IN ENGLISH BY NABOKOV HIMSELF. HERE, ALSO, ARE SOME OF HIS NOTES ON THE DANGERS AND THRILLS OF TRANSLATION. WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY BRIAN BOYD, AUTHOR OF THE PRIZE-WINNING BIOGRAPHY OF NABOKOV, VERSES AND VERSIONS IS A MOMENTOUS AND AUTHORITATIVE CONTRIBUTION TO NABOKOV S PUBLISHED WORKS.

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In 'Verses and Versions' we have not only a sampler of the problems and possibilities of literary translation, as demonstrated by someone who wrote and translated in three languages for more than 60 years, but also an authoritative contribution to Nabokov's literary legacy...this is a book, part of the oeuvre, that true Nabokovians will want.--Alexander Theroux"Los Angeles Times" (12/21/2008)

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