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0 0 o Like the Italian o; close to the first o in "cosmos" when accented and close to
the second o when not (never as in "go"). In Moscow speech the unaccented o (
as, for example, in Moskva) is pronounced in a manner about as "ah"-like as the ...
4 / the bubbling of the quiet brook / Zhurchdn'e tihogo ruch'yd: Cf. Philippe
Desportes (1546-1606), Priere au sommeil: "[un petit ruisseau] doux-coulant" —
to which the established Russian epithet tihostruyniy (gentle- streaming) is close,
4 / close / pokordche: This curious Russian form, giving a conditional slant to the
comparative koroche of korotkiy (adj. "short," "close"), implies here the idea of "as
close as circumstances might permit." 5 / They got together / Oni soshlis' : This ...
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I've read another translation before in proper verse, and while I understand that the story's not the same without the rhymes, Nabokov's rendering is, I think, as close to perfection as I will come until I can read the original. Consulter l'avis complet
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