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Question on translations and a quantum library of light fiction

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An interesting question has arisen (for me at least) from Shane Deichmans` excellent review of Admiral Gorshkow`s book The SeaPower of the State.

The question is not whether to buy the book at all. If Shane´s model of what a review should be is not enough to enable a man to take a decision I do not know what is.

The question is: Do I get the

  • Naval Institute Press – (1979) version (English)
  • Berlin, Militärverlag. der DDR, 1978 (German, official East German military press version)
  • Seemacht Sowjetunion : Sergej G. Gorschkow. Dt. Ausg. hrsg. von Eckhardt Opitz Hoffmann und Campe, 1978 (West German ed. from an editor with a 1st rate reputation)

The Naval Inst. version is probably very good, but German is my native laguage so I wd give precedence to an equally good German version.

Now the East German Militärverlag made some good books (I have read some of them) and it may be closer ideologically, thus more authentic. I know the terminology well enough so that may be a plus.

On the other hand the Hoffmann & Campe outfit is known for quality and the editor Prof. Opitz is no fool.

What do you think ? Does it matter at all ?

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Written by fabiusmcunctator

November 17, 2008 at 9:06 pm

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