Polish your English with “The Master and Margarita”! Issue 39

“— Нет ни одной восточной религии, — говорил Берлиоз, — в которой, как правило, непорочная дева не произвела бы на свет бога.”

[AmB]
“There is not a single Eastern religion,” Berlioz was saying, “where an immaculate virgin does not, as a matter of course, bring forth a god into the world.

[AmG]
“There is not a single Eastern religion,” said Berlioz, “where you will not find an immaculate maiden giving birth to a god.

[AmI]
BERLIOZ: There isn’t a single Eastern religion where some virgin doesn’t give birth to god.

[AmK]
‘As a rule, there isn’t a single Eastern religion,’ Berlioz was saying, ‘that doesn’t involve a virgin begetting a god.

[AmP]
There’s not a single Eastern religion,’ Berlioz was saying, ‘in which, as a rule, an immaculate virgin did not give birth to a god.

[BrA]
“There isn’t a single eastern religion,” said Berlioz, “in which, as a rule, a chaste virgin doesn’t give birth to a god.

[BrG]
‘There is not one oriental religion,’ said Berlioz, ‘in which an immaculate virgin does not bring a god into the world.

[GT 2017-09]
«There is not one Eastern religion,» Berlioz said, «in which, as a rule, a virgin maiden would not have produced a god.

Big Boris’ Commentary:

1. Observe the difference in the translation of “говорил”. Try to explain this.
2. Observe the difference in the translation of “произвела бы”. Try to explain this.

Don’t hesitate to comment and propose your variants of translation!

Legend (“Am” = American English, “Br” = British English):

[AmB] — Burgin, O’Connor 1995
[AmG] — Ginsburg 1967
[AmI] — Itallie 1993 (Theatrical Adaptation)
[AmK] — Karpelson 2006
[AmP] — Pevear, Volokhonsky 1997
[BrA] — Aplin 2008
[BrG] — Glenny 1967
[GT] — Google Translate

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