SEBASTIAN DONAT: »ES KLANG ABER FAST WIE DEINE LIEDER...« – DIE RUSSISCHEN NACHDICHTUNGEN AUS GOETHES WEST-ÖSTLICHEM DIVAN, GÖTTINGEN: WALLSTEIN 2002 (= MÜNCHENER KOMPARATISTISCHE STUDIEN, BD. 1). 504 S., [BUCH + CD-ROM, PREIS: 74,- EUR]
This research is centered on the russian translations and imitations of Goethe's late lyric work, the West-östlichen Divan from 1817 until 2000. The corpus is represented by the 800 adaptations of Goethe's poetical work which is itself composed of 320 pieces. The critical method includes a historical point of view and a more theoretical approach. On one hand the historical context is used as an explanation of the singularities of each translation. On the other hand, this study leads to a more general reflection on the poetics of translation and on the problem of the theory of lyric genders. The structure of this book presents two main parts. The first of which studies the different periods in the imitations of Goethe's work. From a historical point of view, it also analyses the successive russian conceptions of translation . The second one is a poetical study of the translations and imitations. It lays out the problem of lyric genders. The outside presentation of the book offers an original advantage: its cover includes a CD-ROM. Not only does it present the text of the book but also many documents (for instance a presentation of the poems and translations). The hypertext allows many uses of the text and documents, especially thanks to the ›search‹ or ›cut and paste‹ functions. For all these reasons, this book represents a very complete research on an important field of russian lyrics. It is a very original and new study on the poetics of translation: it finally leads to the issue of the frontiers between translation and creation, between both translated and national characters of poetry. It makes use of the specific methods of general and comparative literature at different levels.
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Bernard Franco (Universität Paris-Sorbonne)