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Constance Garnett
The subtitle of Richard Garnett's biography (reissued in Faber Finds) of his grandmother, Constance Garnett (1861-1946) is A Heroic Life. It couldn't be more apt. She remains the most prolific English translator of Russian literature: twelve volumes of Dostoevsky, five of Gogol, six of Herzen... show more

The subtitle of Richard Garnett's biography (reissued in Faber Finds) of his grandmother, Constance Garnett (1861-1946) is A Heroic Life. It couldn't be more apt. She remains the most prolific English translator of Russian literature: twelve volumes of Dostoevsky, five of Gogol, six of Herzen (his complete My Past and Thoughts), seventeen of Tchehov (her spelling), five of Tolstoy, eleven of Turgenev and so on. Many of these will be appearing in Faber Finds. In all she translated over sixty works. It is not, however, the sheer quantity that is to be celebrated, though that in itself is remarkable, it is more the enduring quality of her work. Of course there have been critics - translation is a peculiarly controversial subject, but there have been many more admirers. Tolstoy himself praised her. Of her Turgenev translations, Joseph Conrad said 'Turgeniev (sic) for me is Constance Garnett and Constance Garnett is Turgeniev'. Katherine Mansfield declared the lives of her generation of writers were transformed by Constance Garnett's translations, and H. E. Bates went so far as to say that modern English Literature itself could not have been what it is without her translations.This extraordinary achievement was accomplished despite poor health and poor eyesight, the latter being ruined by her labours on War and Peace, a tragic if fitting sacrifice; her's indeed was A Heroic Life.
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Birth date: December 19, 1861
Died: December 17, 1946
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Book Thoughts rated it 8 months ago
This novella was a bit of a letdown after reading The Double. This story was a short romance, but it did not have the depth of insight into the characters that other stories of Dostoyevsky have. The story basically is just a boy falling madly in love with a woman he hardly knows, and then finding ...
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Book Thoughts rated it 8 months ago
This was my third Dostoyevsky book and I found it to be powerful. This short novel basically follows a man who is slowly having a mental break. You can't help but feel empathy for the man and want to reach out and help him. Dostoyevsky does an incredible job of showing what is inside his characte...
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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 10 months ago
(Original Review, 1981-03-23)Hammett I take to have a brilliant literary mind and to be well read in Literature. I take him to be able to know what a Byronic Hero is, what others thought about that, to have his own thoughts about it, as well as lots of other things (like about detective stories), of...
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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 1 year ago
I'd like to suggest that reading choice, at all ages, resembles a vortex. One's favourite books and authors swirl round, and are re-read (I've always been a great re-reader). New books are sucked in to join the vortex, and some of the favourites gradually sink down, just occasionally bobbing back up...
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