PUBLISHERS OF LITERARY FICTION SINCE 1983
Translator: Graham Anderson Cover design: Marie Lane
Graham Anderson's translations of both Sand's and Colet's novels are faithful and highly readable, with short but helpful introductions. Both books have been translated before Sand's Elle et Lui was translated by an American, George Burnham Ives(1856-1930), a man remarkable for having turned to literary translation while serving eight and a half years in a Boston Prison for embezzlement and forgery. His translation was called She and He, and suffers from a stuffy, excessively formal prose style that doesn't replicate Sand's voice very well. Anderson's translation is far better:his prose is tighter, better paced, more natural sounding, modern without being anachronistic.
Colet's novel Lui was translated in 1986 by Marilyn Gaddis Rose as Lui:A View of Him, now out of print. Both Rose and Anderson provide excellent, responsible, readable translations. Anderson provides notes for many cultural references and allusions....the new translation is welcome, both because the novel is a pleasure to read in his vigorous English version, and because it might help some readers to a new appreciation of Louise Colet herself, who deserves better treatment than she has been give by literary history. The Sand novel is for Sand completists. The Colet is for the rest of us.
Sand's and Colet's novels are fascinating when read in conversation. Sometimes they dance in harmony, sometimes they duel with one another, not just in their portrayal of the central couple, but in their views of love and its meanings. Their appeal to a contemporary audience is heightened by Anderson's lively translations, which capture the mood of mid-nineteenth-century Paris, yet also make the books seem acutely up-to-date. He is not averse to to rearranging long, winding sentences, and often finds images in English that exactly and inventively render the French ones.
No. of pages: 416
Publication date: 02.09.2022
Re-print date: 02.09.2022
978 1 912868 80 3
World English in this translation