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    In need of a little translation insight

    I saw there was a post from a short while ago about the translation of the story "Cucumbers." Well, I took it upon myself to look into stories written by the same author and begin translating them myself. I just finished writing a rough translation of Живая Шляпа into English, and there is one question I have.

    When a character speaks and the sentence finishes with "so-and-so said", does the tense stay the same through translation? For example:

    - Я у-у-хо-хо-жу! - говорит Вовка.

    Would it be translated into:

    "I am leaving," says Vovka. -OR-
    "I am leaving," said Vovka.

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