Richard Pevear

Gary Saul Morson 谈俄国文学英译

Gary Saul Morson 谈俄国文学英译

“俄国文学英译”貌似挺大一个题目,这里其实只是摘抄几段 Gary Saul Morson 的文章,以为备忘。 Gary Saul Morson,西北大学斯拉夫语言文学系教授,在 Commentary 杂志二〇一〇年七、八月号上有一篇文章“The Pevearsion of Russian Literature”,不客气地批评了被媒体和评论家(包括 James Wood)热捧的 Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky 俄罗斯文学英译,称这一现象为“悲剧”。 Morson 教授的观点很鲜明:Pevear-Volokhonsky 的诸多译本虽然畅销,但翻译质量或文学价值其实很低。P-V 夫妇的翻译不行,那么谁的行呢?简短的回答是 Constance Garnett。Morson 教授在1997年给友人的信中以感人的笔触写到: I love Constance Garnett, and wish I had a framed picture of her on my wall, since I have often thought that what I do for a living is teach the Collected Works of Constance Garnett. She has a fine sense of English, and, especially, the sort of English that appears in British fiction of the realist period, which makes her ideal for translating the Russian masterpieces. Tolstoy and Dostoevsky were…