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Backbone Flute: Selected Poetry Of Vladimir Mayakovsky (English and Russian Edition) Paperback – April 18, 2008
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It is unfortunate that this book fails on a more superficial level: the content is fine but the book as a book is just embarrassing. There are numerous typos, including the lack of periods. It's quite obvious because it occurs so frequently. Also, the formating (most noticeably the m-dashes) is not consistent. I found myself going back and forth between the Russian and the English (both on facing pages), and finding quite easily inconsistencies.
The notes that are in the back of the book are also inconsistent. The note titles in the back will sometimes (but not always!) be the same as the words they are referencing in the text. For example, "Good!" is in the text, and "Good" is what the reference page lists. Now obviously this isn't a crucial problem, but it is annoying to see that a published book is being printed with such juvenile errors.
Also, let me take a brief moment to call out some "interesting" decisions that were made in the book layout. The book begins with a title page (that has a page number on it!); the book continues with its copyright page, which has a mere two lines (okay, it's an self-published book, but it's noticeably amateur).Read more ›
However, I needed an English translation of Mayakovsky, and after sifting through a few I didn’t like, I came across this book. Andrey Kneller’s versions of Mayakovsky were a very pleasant surprise. I could feel Mayakovsky’s very special verve and vitality in his translations, I liked the way the translator followed the unique rhythm and beat of the original, and I did feel that Mayakovsky found a congenial spirit in these English versions. I am looking forward to seeing what other Russian poets Kneller translated into English.
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I am familiar with neither Mayakovsky nor Russian poetry or the language, but I felt this was a well done translation of the work of a great poet. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've seen some variation in translations and my favorite (To His Own Self...) seems to be missing a line, but these small things do not take away the incredible power of this work.Published 22 months ago by E. Szolis