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Post by aradlaw » April 14th, 2019, 12:31 pm

On The Sea by Ivan Turgenev (1818 - 1883). Translated by Constance Garnett (1861 - 1946)

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Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev was a Russian novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, translator and popularizer of Russian literature in the West.

Constance Clara Garnett was an English translator of nineteenth-century Russian literature. Garnett was one of the first English translators of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Anton Chekhov and introduced them on a wide basis to the English-speaking public. ( wikipedia)
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I was going from Hamburg to London in a small steamer. We were two passengers; I and a little female monkey, whom a Hamburg merchant was sending as a present to his English partner.

She was fastened by a light chain to one of the seats on deck, and was moving restlessly and whining in a little plaintive pipe like a bird's.

Every time I passed by her she stretched out her little, black, cold hand, and peeped up at me out of her little mournful, almost human eyes. I took her hand, and she ceased whining and moving restlessly about.

There was a dead calm. The sea stretched on all sides like a motionless sheet of leaden colour. It seemed narrowed and small; a thick fog overhung it, hiding the very mast-tops in cloud, and dazing and wearying the eyes with its soft obscurity. The sun hung, a dull red blur in this obscurity; but before evening it glowed with strange, mysterious, lurid light.

Long, straight folds, like the folds in some heavy silken stuff, passed one after another over the sea from the ship's prow, and broadening as they passed, and wrinkling and widening, were smoothed out again with a shake, and vanished. The foam flew up, churned by the tediously thudding wheels; white as milk, with a faint hiss it broke up into serpentine eddies, and then melted together again and vanished too, swallowed up by the mist.

Persistent and plaintive as the monkey's whine rang the small bell at the stern.

From time to time a porpoise swam up, and with a sudden roll disappeared below the scarcely ruffled surface.

And the captain, a silent man with a gloomy, sunburnt face, smoked a short pipe and angrily spat into the dull, stagnant sea.

To all my inquiries he responded by a disconnected grumble. I was obliged to turn to my sole companion, the monkey.

I sat down beside her; she ceased whining, and again held out her hand to me.

The clinging fog oppressed us both with its drowsy dampness; and buried in the same unconscious dreaminess, we sat side by side like brother and sister.

I smile now ... but then I had another feeling.

We are all children of one mother, and I was glad that the poor little beast was soothed and nestled so confidingly up to me, as to a brother.

November 1879.


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Post by iBeScotty » April 15th, 2019, 9:13 am

Thank you for this really interesting one!

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/onthesea_turgenev_sws_128kb.mp3
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Post by GregGiordano » April 15th, 2019, 5:55 pm

Here is my contribution to this project:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/onthesea_turgenev_gg_128kb.mp3

Run time is 2:54

Take care,

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Post by aradlaw » April 15th, 2019, 7:39 pm

Great start to this week's project ! Thanks Scotty and Greg. :thumbs:
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Post by GregGiordano » April 15th, 2019, 8:43 pm

aradlaw wrote:
April 15th, 2019, 7:39 pm
Great start to this week's project ! Thanks Scotty and Greg. :thumbs:
Thanks, David!

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Post by aradlaw » April 16th, 2019, 7:25 am

Thank you Bruce. :thumbs:
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Post by KevinS » April 16th, 2019, 7:42 am

"E agora, José?"

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Post by aradlaw » April 16th, 2019, 5:55 pm

Thank you Kevin. :thumbs:
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Post by pschempf » April 17th, 2019, 9:24 pm

Fritz

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Post by irondog70 » April 17th, 2019, 11:04 pm

Cornel Nemes

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Post by jfgallagher » April 18th, 2019, 11:06 am

Looks like there might be room for one more, so here's mine:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/onthesea_turgenev_jfg_128kb.mp3
recording time 02:48

Thanks!

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Post by fshort » April 18th, 2019, 6:34 pm

Florence Short
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Post by silverquill » April 18th, 2019, 10:18 pm

A little later get mine in. Strange little piece...


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Post by aradlaw » April 19th, 2019, 7:17 am

Thank you Phil, Cornel, Jim, Florence and Larry. :thumbs:

Cornel, I'm not sure if you've been asked in any of the other projects, but... what name would you like to appear in the LV catalog and if you have one, we can put your personal URL link on your catalog page too. :D
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