New Don Quixote Translation

I’m a little mystified by a Signet Classics mass market paperback of Don Quixote that arrived in the mail a short while back. Apparently it is a “new” translation, as the cover claims (copyright 2011 Tom Lathrop). On the other hand, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a book like this published solely as a MMP.

Possibly it got reviewed in the TLS. Other than that, looks that the media effort has been nil, other than mailing bloggers review copies with publicity materials so bare as to merit the word cryptic.

One other odd thing. This book has the chattiest footnotes I’ve ever seen. And there are tons of them. For example:

Translator’s note: Of course, the episode with the cattleman has yet to happen. Cervantes–who knows exactly where everything is and should go–is just pretending to be careless.

Thanks for sharing.



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A mysterious new Quixote translation with unusual footnotes? Are we sure that we are not just living in a Nabokov story?

Strange, especially since the Edith Grossman translation, with an introduction by Harold Bloom no less, was published to widespread fanfare only about 7 or 8 years ago.

I’m glad Cervantes popped up. This is the next book on my TBR pile. Can anyone recommend a particular translation? thanks bill

And there was a ton of fuss over the Bovary translation, despite Davis saying that she’d been asked to do it and generally giving the impression that she didn’t even particularly care for the book. I wish she would translate the rest of Leiris, and perhaps she’d also like to, but that’s the marketplace I suppose.

ps–The Box Man competes with Secret Rendezvous for the craziest Abe novel (Kangaroo Notebook is just sort of a mess), but I think The Box Man wins. I read it when I was 15 and it probably screwed me up for years after. The scene in the doctor’s office still gives me nightmares.

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