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I've been wanting to read this book for a while
What's the best translation?
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it's en english you doofus
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>>7593186
I know the translation is in english, but which one should I pick?

I got a Brothers Karamazov version that fucking sucked.
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>>7593178
Can't tell if troll or not, but to give you the benefit of the doubt, I'll go ahead and tell you that Lolita was originally written in English by Nabokov when he was living in the United States.

Or are you meaning translation into another language?
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>>7593178
Read it in Russian or Taratarish. It loses its sting in English. Nabokov said it himself that Humbert Humbert was born in Transinitria but he never knew it. Swahili version of Penguin classics is also pretty close to the original Tartarish. Stay away from English though, like Humbert stayed away from adult women.
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>>7593220
>Humbert stayed away from adult women.
not very well
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Most of the English translations of Lolita are terrible. Translating Nabokov into English is like translating Joyce into Spanish.

The beautiful prose of this book, like Ulyses' only applies in its original language unfortunately.
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>>7593252
ya ne panamayouc'...
He wrote it in English first, he translated it himself into Russian- so either is fine depending on your reading language.
He and critics prefer the English original
" He further explains that the "story of this translation is the story of a disappointment. Alas, that 'wonderful Russian language' which, I imagined, still awaits me somewhere, which blooms like a faithful spring behind the locked gate to which I, after so many years, still possess the key, turned out to be non-existent, and there is nothing beyond that gate, except for some burned out stumps and hopeless autumnal emptiness, and the key in my hand looks rather like a lock pick."
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OP is probably baiting but I actually thought it was written in Russian so the first time I read it I read it in Swedish instead of English.
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>>7593346
This only happened to me when I read Never Let Me Go in Spanish because I thought it had been written in Japanese.
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>>7593747

Are you stupid?
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>>7593346
Top kek I'm pretty sure I remember you from a post a while back saying that you read a Swedish translation of a Russian translation of the book.
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>>7593346
your dum, ikea
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>>7593747
Speaking of Nabokov, I picked up Pnin from a thrift store for a buck.

Is Pnin good, or did I waste a dollar? I liked Lolita quite a bit.
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>>7593220
>Swahili version of Penguin classics
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>>7593178
The one where Jeremy Irons reads.(not joking)
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