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February 16, 2010



The new article about Nabokov and his soon in russian

Very interesting ! http://www.apn.ru/opinions/article22345.htm


So if one of the books written in Russian was translated into English, would you classify it under Russian or English?


If a literary work written in Russian is translated into English, it is still classed as Russian literature. The Manual entry at 800 Literature (Belles-lettres), in the section “Language,” says: “Class literary works in the language in which they were originally written, e.g., an English translation of a work originally written in Spanish 860 (not 820).”


Thanks Juli. What will happen in the case where the original work is in Russian but it is not literary? Would you still classify it under Russian AND literature [800's]??


If the work is not literary it will be classed according to its subject. A general work on mathematics, for example, will be classed in 510 Mathematics, regardless of whether it was originally written in Russian, Spanish, or any other language. Usually, the language in which a non-literary work was originally written does not affect the classification. There are a few exceptions, e.g., 031-039 General encyclopedic works in specific languages and language families, where a note specifies "By language in which originally written."

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