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Sea of Poppies in Russian, trans. Alexander Safronov

May 3, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments (4)

 

‘Sea of Poppies’ was published in Russian last year, in a translation by Alexander Safronov. I don’t read Russian of course, but Alexander’s queries were evidence both of his skill as a translator and his extraordinary diligence.

 

Here are some of the words he wanted explained:

Dushtu
Sheeshmull
Shammer
Pollock-saug
Baiji
Coksen
Ringeen
Khalaji

 

He was also puzzled by this sentence:

‘Do you never think of nothin but knob-knockin and gamahoochie?’

 

I wonder how that came out in Russian…

 

 



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