It is fantastic to be able to get May / Maj in an English translation, and to have the Czech original on the facing page adds to the ability to think about it in translation if if you know no or barely a word of Czech. The introduction is useful for situating the poem in its history and within both Czech literature and Romanticism, which feels particularly vital as you can feel how much Mácha was influenced by Byron whilst reading. The poem itself is dark and intriguing, engaging fully with the ideals of nature and the self that the Romantics were so interested in. The constant repetition is gotten across in the translation and adds to the sense of the original style that is discussed in the introduction.
I hope for more great editions of Czech literature in translation.
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May (English Edition) Kindle版
Karel Hynek Màcha was born on November 16, 1810 in an old part of Prague where his father was the foreman at one of the city's mills. At school he learned Latin and German, the two languages approved by the Hapsburg authorities, and later studied law at Prague University. His great model was Byron, with whom he shared a romantic idealism, wandering the Bohemian countryside to visit castle ruins, always making sketches and notes describing the natural beauty surrounding him. Influenced by the Czech intellectuals who were trying to revive the language at the beginning of the nineteenth century, Màcha wrote May and many of his poems in Czech (though his early writing was in German, the compulsory language of his education). In this way he identified himself with the Byronic hero who gives his life to a cause. Màcha died of pneumonia on November 5, 1836 just shy of his 26th birthday. --このテキストは、hardcover版に関連付けられています。
- ASIN : B00LMHUAAU
- 出版社 : Twisted Spoon Press (2014/7/7)
- 発売日 : 2014/7/7
- 言語: : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 3514 KB
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効にされていません
- Word Wise : 有効にされていません
- 本の長さ : 121ページ
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 1,699,904位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)