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PASTERNAK, Boris (trans.); SHAKESPEARE, William.

[Hamlet.]

[Moscow: State Publishing House], 1941 Stock Code: 135615
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Translated under Stalinism

First edition, first printing, of Pasternak's translation of Hamlet. By the early 1930s socialist realism was enforced as the only officially sanctioned form of literature, resulting in Pasternak withdrawing from publishing his own writings, and instead turning to translation, where he produced translations of Goethe, Schiller, Keats, Shelley, and several of Shakespeare's plays. His translation of Hamlet was widely acclaimed and remains in print, popular among Russian readers as Pasternak modernized and colloquialized the dialogue. Pasternak himself suggested that his translation should be viewed as an original Russian dramatic work (Christopher Barnes, Boris Pasternak, a Literary Biography, vol. II, p. 171).

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Description

Octavo. Original white paper wrappers, front cover printed in black and brown.

Illustrations

With woodcut frontispiece and head-pieces.

Condition

Minor nicking and creasing around wrapper extremities, very minor faint stains to wrappers. A near-fine copy.

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