Polish your English with “The Master and Margarita”! Issue 42

“И вот как раз в то время, когда Михаил Александрович рассказывал поэту о том, как ацтеки лепили из теста фигурку Вицлипуцли, в аллее показался первый человек.”

[AmB]
And just as Mikhail Alexandrovich was telling the poet how the Aztecs had modeled figures of Uitzilopochtli out of dough, the first man appeared on the pathway.

[AmG]
And just at the moment when Mikhail Alexandrovich was telling the poet how the Aztecs had used dough to make figurines of Huitzilopochtli, the first stroller made an appearance in the avenue.

[AmK]
And just as Mikhail Alexandrovich was describing to the poet how the Aztecs fashioned likenesses of Uitzilo-Pochtli out of dough, the first man appeared in the alley.

[AmP]
And just at the moment when Mikhail Alexandrovich was telling the poet how the Aztecs used to fashion figurines of Vitzliputzli out of dough — the first man appeared in the walk.

[BrA]
And it was at precisely the moment when Mikhail Alexandrovich was telling the poet about how the Aztecs used to make a figurine of Huitzilopochtli from dough that the first person appeared in the avenue.

[BrG]
At the very moment when Mikhail Alexandrovich was telling the poet how the Aztecs used to model figurines of Vitzli-Putzli out of dough — the first man appeared in the avenue.

[GT 2017-09]
And just at the time when Mikhail Alexandrovich was telling the poet about how the Aztecs molded the figure of Witsliputzi from the dough, the first person appeared in the alley.

Big Boris’ Commentary:

1. Observe the difference in the translation of “лепили”. 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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