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 Knausgård 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