In Defense of Pevear and Volokhonsky

Janet Malcolm contributes the latest polemic against Richard Pevear and Linda Volokhonsky (hereafter P&V), the famed husband-and-wife translators of the Russian classics, whose preeminence in their field is now being challenged by a number of critics. I have read the previous arguments with interest (for instance, by Gary Saul Morson and Helen Andrews), but they… Continue reading In Defense of Pevear and Volokhonsky

Han Kang, The Vegetarian

The Vegetarian by Han Kang My rating: 2 of 5 stars But I fear something more insidious than traditional stupidity turns mediocrities like KnausgÃ¥rd into modern Prousts. I believe these encomia stem from a sense of guilt and overcompensation. A few years ago people learned with shock that Americans don't translate a lot; this served… Continue reading Han Kang, The Vegetarian

Art Spiegelman, Maus

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Our life happens to be such that a child, as soon as it can run about a little and a little distinguish one thing from another, must look after itself just like an adult; the areas on which, for economic reasons, we have… Continue reading Art Spiegelman, Maus