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LarissaB wins the English to Russian translation contest
Thread poster: Florencia Vita

Florencia Vita
Local time: 03:22
Feb 28, 2007

Dear members,

I am very happy to announce that Larissa B has won the English into Russian section of first translation contest.

A total of 17 translations were received for this language pair. The ones that received at least 2 votes are shown in the contest page, including the name of the poster, and the amount of votes and the comments received by each of these entries.

The general results were:

The source text for this contest was:

When she moved into his tiny house in Stroud, and took charge of his four small children, Mother was thirty and still quite handsome. She had not, I suppose, met anyone like him before. This rather priggish young man, with his devout gentility, his airs and manners, his music and ambitions, his charm, bright talk, and undeniable good looks, overwhelmed her as soon as she saw him. So she fell in love with him immediately, and remained in love for ever. And herself being comely, sensitive, and adoring, she attracted my father also. And so he married her. And so later he left her - with his children and some more of her own.

When he'd gone, she brought us to the village and waited. She waited for thirty years. I don't think she ever knew what had made him desert her, though the reasons seemed clear enough. She was too honest, too natural for this frightened man; too remote from his tidy laws. She was, after all, a country girl; disordered, hysterical, loving. She was muddled and mischievous as a chimney-jackdaw, she made her nest of rags and jewels, was happy in the sunlight, squawked loudly at danger, pried and was insatiably curious, forgot when to eat or ate all day, and sang when sunsets were red. She lived by the easy laws of the hedgerow, loved the world, and made no plans, had a quick holy eye for natural wonders and couldn't have kept a neat house for her life. What my father wished for was something quite different, something she could never give him - the protective order of an unimpeachable suburbia, which was what he got in the end.

The three or four years Mother spent with my father she fed on for the rest of her life. Her happiness at that time was something she guarded as though it must ensure his eventual return. She would talk about it almost in awe, not that it had ceased but that it had happened at all.

And Larissa B 's winning translation into Russian was:

Маме было тридцать и красота ее еще не поблекла, когда она переехала к нему в крохотный домик в Струде, и взяла на себя заботу о четырех его ребятишках. Наверное, никогда раньше не встречался ей кто-либо, похожий на него. Этот довольно чопорный молодой человек, с его преувеличенной светскостью и подчеркнуто аристократическими манерами, с его музыкой и честолюбивыми замыслами, обаянием, блестящим разговором и несомненно приятной внешностью покорил маму с первого взгляда. Она влюбилась в него без оглядки и на всю жизнь. Да и она, хорошенькая, впечатлительная, восторженная, пленила моего отца. И он женился на ней. Женился, а потом бросил ее и детей - и своих, и маминых.

Когда он ушел, она переехала вместе с нами в деревню и стала ждать. Она ждала тридцать лет. Думаю, она так и не поняла, почему отец оставил ее, хотя, в общем-то, все было ясно. Для него – зажатого, напуганного – мама была слишком искренней, слишком безыскусной, слишком далекой от его скрупулезных правил. В концов концов, она была простой деревенской девчонкой, безалаберной, с эмоциями через край и любящей душой. Суматошная и озорная, как галка у печной трубы, она вила свое гнездышко из лоскутков и блестяшек, радовалась солнышку, громко визжала, когда пугалась, повсюду совала нос, утоляя ненасытное любопытство, забывала пообедать или, наоборот, жевала целый день, и пела песни, глядя на красный закат. Она жила просто и понятно, как зеленый куст у дороги, любила весь мир, не задавалась планами, зорко подмечала обыкновенные чудеса и, хоть убей, не могла содержать дом в порядке. Отец же мечтал совсем о другом, о том, что она никогда не могла ему дать – о спасительном порядке безукоризненно благопристойных предместий, который он, в конце концов, и обрел.

Всю оставшуюся жизнь мама жила теми тремя или четырьмя годами, которые она провела с отцом. Она оберегала то счастье, которое испытывала, живя с ним, так, словно это обязательно должно его вернуть. Она говорила о том чувстве почти с благоговейным трепетом и не потому что оно ушло, а потому что оно вообще случилось.

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