We have made a Russian to English Interlinear translation of the book "The Death of Ivan Ilyich" written by the classical Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy.
A Russian classic. Considered among Tolstoy's best. Entirely in Interlinear.
The translation includes:
We have based this Interlinear translation on certain principles.
Our Interlinear translation tries to translate words from Russian one by one and literally. However, there is an exception to this rule: where a literal translation would impair understanding. If it would, understanding is prioritized.
For example, in the sentence below, the more usual translation would be "are you suffering much?" Despite that, we have opted for a more literal translation, because it is still understandable (especially since the reader is supposed to have at least some prior knowledge of how Russian works):
But try reading this translation if it were literal:
As you can see, in such instances, if translated literally, understanding would suffer. Thus we have chosen a more understandable version:
In summary, we have made our translations to be literal, even if slightly clumsy. Unless such clumsiness hinders understanding, in which case we have opted for understanding.
Yet, both English and Russian are Indoeuropean languages. That makes their syntaxes sufficiently similar. Therefore, a big part of the translation is both literal and understandable, even if the word order is sometimes a bit unusual.
"The Death of Ivan Ilyich" is known as one Tolstoy's masterpieces and is considered to be among the most important works in Russian literature.
Leo Tolstoy was a 19th century Russian writer, widely considered one of the world's greatest novelists. Tolstoy wrote realistic fiction, which included such well known works as War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Praised by millions of readers and authors in the likes of Dostoyevsky or Nabokov, Tolstoy has left a rich literary legacy.
"The Death of Ivan Ilyich" is a story of a person's life, death and confronting the truth about oneself. Because of its length, depth and language, the story it is ideal for Russian learners who want to get additional reading practice and people interested in Russian classics.