So…what’s the best translation of Candide? And, y’know, other great foreign-language books?
You’ll have to ask someone else for Candide - I am only familiar with the Bernstein translation.
My favorite translation of the Divine Comedy is by Dorothy Sayers. In addition to being a serious scholar, she was also a very good writer of very good novels, and knew how to make the translation not just readable, but enjoyable.