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The Man in the Panther's Skin (Caucasus World) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0947593438
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Product Details

  • Series: Caucasus World
  • Paperback: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (June 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0947593438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0947593438
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,826,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Matthew Knight on July 31, 2012
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If you're interested in this work, chances are you already know about it. Unquestionably Georgia's national literary masterpiece, memorized by educated countrymen and -women for centuries, considered to be on par with Shakespeare and Chaucer by Georgians, etc.

I'm not going to wade in on the merits of the work itself. For one, this is a prose translation of poetry. While it can give a general sense of the plot and a taste of the language use, it's doomed to fall far short of the author's intended effect. The translation was done by Marjorie Wardrop about a century ago and is thus in the public domain. She renders language somewhat archaically (think King James English with many thees and thous) which is not unfitting for the archaic nature of the tale, which includes chivalric knights who are monstrously powerful warriors yet emotionally smitten (and how...) by their respective unattainable would-be lovers. I'm unsure whether a more recent English translation has been attempted.

Forgotten Books basically grabbed an online version of the text, which is available gratis at sacred-textsdotcom or several other locations (including the publisher's own website), and printed it off. Judging by the printing date on my copy, it was print-to-order. The editing is very poor; many quatrains start off with an extraneous lower case "a" and the word "I" is sometimes replaced by a "1"; quotation marks are often missing--add to this an ugly sans serif font (remember, there are almost 1600 quatrains, or 300 pages of text) and the benefit of reading from a physical book rather on an electronic screen, for those of us old-fashioned types, is diminished considerably.
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