Bearslayer The Latvian Legend

By: Pumpurs, Andrejs. Tr. By Arthur Cropley.

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366pp. Half title neatly and carefully excised, else a very good, clean, bright, tight, still fresh copy. Scarce. This edition is of particular interest because of its informative notes and comentary. Bearslayer is patriotic, brave, strong, tough, loyal, wise, fair, and virtuous, and he loves nature. He embodies the strengths and virtues of the Latvian folk in a legendary age of greatness, before they were subjugated and corrupted by "Strangers".The poem has been re-translated here in order to correct a number of errors in earlier versions, and also to bring it closer to the original Latvian text. In Latvian, in addition to tulkot (to translate), there is a second verb, atdzejot, which means approximately "re-versify". The present work is an atdzejojums, not "merely" a tulkojums. It is not a technical translation that aims at replacing each original Latvian word with its English dictionary counterpart, one after the other, but is a hermeneutic translation that attempts to capture the essence of the original Latvian poem within the conventions of English-language poetry. My goal was to transform Pumpurs's original Latvian work into an English narrative poem in heroic verse form. ""There is no other work in Latvian literature whose story has penetrated mass consciousness as deeply or resounded as richly in literature and art as Bearslayer." Thus, it seemed worthwhile to me to make the poem available to people who wish to read it in English, and this volume is the result." (A. Cropley) Includes essays and literary folkloric comentary by VV. Freiberga, J. Kursite, O.Lams et. al.

Title: Bearslayer The Latvian Legend

Author Name: Pumpurs, Andrejs. Tr. By Arthur Cropley.

Categories: Latvian (All Categories)), Dzeja (Poetry), Translations from the Latvian,

Publisher: Riga, LU Akademiskais Apgads University of Latvia: 2007

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good +

Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

Seller ID: 004132

Keywords: Latvian Translation