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March 12, 2008



Was it just me? I'm afraid I found I codlun't listen to the Radio 4 adaptation of Life and Fate after having been able so very powerfully to imagine the characters in all their Russian-ness' when reading Robert Chandler's translation. I read it only about 9 months ago so it is still very fresh in my mind, and I just found the radio characters incredibly English' in the way that only radio drama (and particularly Radio 4 drama) does them accents especially but a whole manner as well somehow. Adopting fake Russian accents would be ridiculous and patronising (wouldn't it?) so I don't know what the answer is to this or any other adaptation, but I do know it grated terribly against what was in my imagination, to the extent that I had to switch it off. Maybe the fact that I am Welsh has something to do with it, I don't know, but did anyone else have this unfortunate experience?


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