View Full Version : Best English translation?

07-01-2011, 04:24 PM
I am attempting to build a personal classics library with modern editions with the best translations. It's a bit cheesy, but I'm trying to do something like this poster (http://www.online-literature.com/forums/showthread.php?t=45929), buying from "classics editions", so long as the translations and notes are good. I already own an old copy of the Signet Classics of this novel, and I'm not sure if it's good or not.

07-01-2011, 09:55 PM
Amazon's comments are a great place to find detailed comparisons of translations.


08-15-2011, 01:12 PM
what's best. maybe someone that's read them all could answer. I am reading this one:


Dostoevsky can write a little and it it seems as always Norton has got it right. Little to complain of regards translation. Rework, I believe of the earlier Constance Garnett translation.

08-15-2011, 10:57 PM
The Pevear/Volokhonsky is most likely the greater translation. They have won countless awards for translating Russian Literature, so you cannot go wrong.

08-18-2011, 02:25 PM
that's the one H. Bloom recommends in his book "Genius".