Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Idiot

For Second-Year Russian, I'm supposed to come up with an independent project related somehow to Russian language and culture and which will contribute in some way to what I want to do with my Russian in the long run. As a working girl, I don't have the hours of unoccupied drinking time my classmates seem to have (if their accounts of their weekends are not mere fantasy) and I got myself into trouble last quarter (bigger trouble than I thought, I recently learned) by taking on too many unrelated projects. So the word for this quarter is "consolidation." I'm reading "The Idiot" for my Dostoevsky class and I've decided to translate it into English and put my commentary on the translation up here, as well as publishing the actual translation on my website proper. At first I thought to translate it into Italian and really maim a whole mess of birds, but the other word of the quarter is "no." As in "no, I'm sorry, I can't make that meeting," and "no, I'm sorry, there will be no guests in the house while I'm taking exams" and "no, I won't try to translate one shaky language into another shaky language and incur all of the attendant dictionary hours and still plan to enjoy something resembling free time."

Ah, sweet, sweet freedom. It's kind of like being a second-semester senior all over again.

Posted by Shannon Chamberlain @ 2:08 PM