Books: A little more on the new translations

A few quick points:

The new series of Proust translations:
(1) Lydia Davis translated Swann’s Way (the new translation). The amazon link is here.
Also, amazingly… the Kindle edition of this is $3.19!! Wow. I haven’t used the Kindle, but this is the price for a recent excellent translation. Because Kindle is not available here in Canada, I’ve not been very interested. But what a way to save money!
(2) The Davis translation is just the first in a series from Penguin – they used a different translator for each book. So far, I can tell you that the translation of the second volume is also excellent.

The Tolstoy new translations:
(1) I am referring to the Pevear-Volokhonsky translations. War and Peace is from amazon here.
Now, I have not read this one (when it came out, I had just finished an older translation), but I can say that it seems excellent. Extremely positive media reviews, too. No Kindle edition yet.
(2) They also do Anna Karenina, which has a Kindle price of $2.39. Ok, I am almost salivating…

I’m sure that everything that could be said about the Kindle has been said. I didn’t realize that the books were so cheap – if you are a heavy reader like me, you could easily get the Kindle cost back just via savings like above. But look for someone who has used it! Enough said.