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Shakespeare in Georgia (Caucasus)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2263  Monday, 1 December 2003

From:           Sophie Masson <
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Date:           Saturday, 29 Nov 2003 15:51:27 +1100
Subject: 14.2247 Shakespeare in Georgia (Caucasus)
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2247 Shakespeare in Georgia (Caucasus)

>Boris Pasternak translated the works of Shakespeare into Georgian, and,
>I am told, the translations are very beautiful.  In addition, I've read
>his translation of King Lear into Russian, he caught the language and
>sense brilliantly.  Not that I know brilliance in English or Russian...
>But I learned things from the Russian that helped my understanding of
>the English.  For instance, he talks VERY earthily and heartily to his
>daughters at the beginning, and I don't think he was only trying to make
>Lear sound like a man of the people for political reasons.  And his
>Edgar is as powerful and poignant in Russian as in English.

Yes, I believe that's right. A Russian acquaintance of ours even told us
once (only half-jokingly) that Shakespeare was better in Russian than
English!

Sophie Masson

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