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Book Title: Karlsson vom Dach|
The author of the book: Astrid Lindgren
Edition: Oetinger Verlag
Date of issue: February 1st 1994
ISBN 13: 9783789141119
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 7.3
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The Great Karlsson Experiment
Having read the Swedish original and the English and German translations, I had to get the French one too. (I wish I could read it in Russian, but my command of the language is insufficient). Out of the four I can appreciate, it seems to me the relative quality is pretty clear. In Swedish, it's a masterpiece. In German, it's nearly as good. In French, it's okay but not really anything special. And in English, it's disappointing.
Not, who's read it in English, pours scorn on my opinions. How can I know it's funnier in one language than another? I just know, it's bleeding obvious, but as usual with humor it's hard to justify my claims. Things don't get funnier when you explain them.
So, here's the Great Karlsson Experiment. (World's best experiment in comparative translation studies, guess what that is?) If you have read Karlsson in at least two languages, please message me to say what your ranking is. I will compile statistics and find out how well people agree. I predict there will be good correlation... but experience tells me that you are often surprised when you actually look at the data!
If you want to read it for free online, here are links for Swedish, German, English and Russian. It's nice and short - I just read the French version, which certainly didn't take more than a couple of hours. And if you've got kids of an appropriate age, pretty much everyone says it's a great bednight book.
Data! I want data!
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Read information about the authorAstrid Anna Emilia Lindgren, née Ericsson, was a Swedish children's book author and screenwriter, whose many titles were translated into 85 languages and published in more than 100 countries. She has sold roughly 145 million copies worldwide. Today, she is most remembered for writing the Pippi Longstocking books, as well as the Karlsson-on-the-Roof book series.
Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing (1958)
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