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Savinkov and the technique of translation

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Literature is not the first association that the name Boris Savinkov evokes. There was an Anarchist party in Russia, as well as a so-called Maximalist" faction operating within the Socialists-Revolutionaries (SR); both were regularly involved in political terror. Born in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, in December 1898, the translator of Pale Horse into Chinese was twenty-three years old when, in its July issue of 1922, the literary journal Xiaoshuo yuebao carried the first instalment of Huise ma along with the translator's introduction. Considering Zheng's theoretical statements on translation, it is all the more interesting to check on which occasions, in his Huise ma, Zheng was bold enough to depart from the English text. Zheng Zhenduo's second source, The Spirit of Russia by the philosopher and statesman Thomas G. Masaryk (1850-1937), was probably the most penetrating analysis of Pale Horse he could have read.

Keywords: Boris Savinkov; Chinese; Huise ma; Pale Horse ; Socialists-Revolutionaries (SR); The Spirit of Russia ; Zheng Zhenduo



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