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I was asked to pick up an English translation of Don Quixote--do any of you have knowledge of which available translations are superior, perhaps more for literate readability than scholarly value? An abridged version would be acceptable...

Tobias Smollett translated Don Quixote in the 18th Century. Salman Rushdie writes this on the cover - "the rambunctious personalities of author and translator are perfectly matched." I don't know why the publisher chose a quote from him, but to me that was accurate. I found it amusing. I don't know what makes a good translation from a scholarly viewpoint - capturing the essence of a phrase, modern diction, or literal accuracy, who knows. What I know is I enjoyed reading this.

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Walter Starkie's abridgment of his own translation reads pretty well, as I recall. It's been a while since I read it, but I enjoyed it.

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