Definitive English Translations
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Guys, can we settle the translation debate right here, right now? Who are the definitive translators of Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov? Should I listen to Amazon and just get the P&V translations?
DANK NEW OC JUST FOR /LIT/: The Thunderwords of Finnegans Wake
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Hello /lit/. I got a gift card for Christmas, and after some hemming and hawing, I decided to get a copy of Finnegans Wake.
The book is a meme of course, and I was aware of this years ago, having checked out a copy from the library and thumbing through it as a kid, even finding where the word "quark" came from. But later, when a friend gave me a copy of a Marshall Mcluhan's book "War and Peace in the Global Village", I realized that there are a bunch of long, important words in the book (just like the one on the first page), which he (Mcluhan) called /thunderwords/. Then I got busy with other things until I got my own copy of the above recently.
Anyway, I found searching the subject to be kind of a pain in the ass, so I made you and me some DANK OC: an infographic on the thunderwords, or "thunders" - note also the similarity of the words "thunder" and "hundred".
I hope that someone will get a kick out of this. SEE IF YOU CAN FIND ANY TYPOS!
Reading in Chinese language
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Is here anyone who reads literature in Chinese? No matter whether it'd be a person born and brought up by Chinese family or Amerifat who learned that by themselves, I've just got interested. What really bothers me is whether there is any difference between reading, let's say, in Russian, English or any other relatively phonetic language or Chinese. Is that even possible to master it in terms of good literacy in order to read with absolutely no problem and even get some pleasure out of it? In addition, is there any worthwhile literature written by contemporary writers? For I myself am a Ukrainian who'd of course like to master English first in more or less 4 years and after that move on to learning Chinese. I'll be like 29 years old then, so won't it be too late to achieve such a level? As for English, I've been studying it for 2 years now and am highly dying for Chinese.