Posts Tagged ‘Erik McDonald’

  1. Soloviev, Leskov, de Genlis and Gibbon


    July 16, 2017 by AK

    From Erik McDonald’s translation of It Didn’t Come Off (1867) by Ol’ga N. (Sophie Engelhardt, 1828-1894): Once I started a sentence this way: “I think…” Madame Petitpierre, my governess, interrupted me: “You think? In that case you will have dinner in your room tonight. Children do not think.” This made me appreciate the passage in Sergei …
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  2. Russia’s un-democratic feudalism


    September 14, 2016 by AK

    Erik McDonald provides more detail on the share of serfs in the Russian population before the great peasant reform of 1861. From a slightly different angle, one can claim with some justification that in 1678, two years after the death of Tsar Alexey, 90% of Russia’s non-privileged population was made up of serfs. In 1859, serfs …
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  3. Tea with crumbs


    February 8, 2015 by AK

    By default, the Russia word slivki means “cream” (only in the sense of the dairy product) but can also mean “little plums.” It has been claimed that Constance Garnett, the industrious translator of Russian classics into English, more than once mistranslated chay so slivkami, “tea with cream”, as “tea with little plums.” Erik McDonald has …
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  4. Digestive metaphors for a healthy nation


    September 30, 2014 by AK

    Sozont I. Potugin, the character from Turgenev’s The Smoke quoted by Dmitry Bykov and Erik McDonald and discussed here and here on this blog, had much more sensible views than his grumbling remarks had initially suggested. Consider this exchange from The Smoke (translation mine): [Litvinov]: “You have said that we should borrow, that we should …
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  5. Turgenev trivia


    September 28, 2014 by AK

    Going back to Erik McDonald’s latest post with this quote from Dmitry Bykov, But except for the Sochi Olympics, Russia hasn’t made any powerful contributions to international culture recently, I’m not sure the Sochi Olympics was a contribution to anything but the building contractors’ secret bank accounts. But what about Turgenev’s character, Mr. Potugin? What was …
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