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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

They should know better

As a writer, I really take exception to the sloppiness recently displayed by Naxos Audio Books.

Sure, a portrait of Taras Shevchenko fits Dostoyevky's story The Brothers Karamazov well... but Shevchenko is Ukraine's national bard, not Russia's. It's akin to putting a picture of Robbie Burns on an audio book of Hamlet.

Are the folks at Naxos Audio Books so devoid of imagination (or knowledge) that they can't find a suitable Russian photo for Dostoyevsky's story? Or are they just too lazy?

Whatever the reason, such unprofessionalism is unforgivable, and a disgrace to the publishing industry.

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