Friday, April 27, 2007

Russian books a bit easier

One difficulty I've heard of for the casual reader of many Russian novels, such as those by Dostoyevsky, is the multiplicity of names for the same characters. Well, with a list of names for each character, free translations (from Gutenberg), and some find-and-replace, I've made versions of Crime and Punishment and Brothers Karamazov where each character is only referred to by one name. Of course it looses something with the simplification, but if confusion of the names is a real problem maybe someone will find this useful.