2014.06.26【英译中】追风筝的人(8)

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发表于:2014-06-26 10:33 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

It seemed a minor miracle he didn’t tip over with each step. When I tried it, I almost fell into the gutter. That got me giggling. Ali turned around, caught me aping him. He didn’t say anything. Not then, not ever. He just kept walking.

他每走一步都不会摔倒,这看起来是个小小的奇迹。我试着那么做,差点摔进了水沟。这让我忍不住咯咯地笑起来。阿里转过身,刚好看到我在学他。他什么都没说。当时没说,后来也一直都没说,他只是继续走着。

 

Ali’s face and his walk frightened some of the younger children in the neighborhood. But the real trouble was with the older kids. They chased him on the street, and mocked him when he hobbled by. Some had taken to calling him _Babalu_, or Boogeyman.

阿里的脸和步伐吓坏了一些邻居家的小孩。但真正麻烦的是那些年长些的孩子。当他蹒跚地走过,他们会在街道上追逐他,嘲弄他。他们中的一些会叫他 “巴巴鲁”,或是恶魔。

 

"Hey, Babalu, who did you eat today?” they
barked to a chorus of laughter. “Who did you eat, you flat-nosed Babalu?”

“喂,巴巴鲁,你今天吃了谁啊?”他们笑着叫喊道,“你吃了谁啊,你这个塌鼻子的巴巴鲁?

 

They called him “flat-nosed” because of Ali and Hassan’s characteristic Hazara Mongoloid
features. For years, that was all I knew about the Hazaras, that they were
Mogul descendants, and that they looked a little like Chinese people.
 

他们叫他 塌鼻子,因为阿里和哈桑是哈扎拉人,有着蒙古人种特有的外貌。多年以来,我对哈扎拉人的了解就只有,他们是蒙古人的后代,跟中国人长得有一些相似。

 

School text books barely mentioned them and referred to their ancestry only in passing. Then one day, I was in Baba’s study, looking through his stuff, when I found one of my mother’s old history books. It was written by an Iranian named Khorami.

学校的课本里几乎没有提到过他们,仅仅随便地提到过他们的祖先。后来有一天,我在爸爸的书房翻阅他的东西的时候,发现了一本妈妈的旧历史书。它的作者是一个叫寇拉米的伊朗人。

 

I blew the dust off it, sneaked it into bed with me that night, and was stunned to find an entire chapter on Hazara history. An entire chapter dedicated to Hassan’s people! In it, I read that my people, the Pashtuns, had persecuted and oppressed the Hazaras.

我吹掉书上的灰尘,在那天晚上偷偷地把它带到床上。然后我惊愕地发现里面写了整整一章关于哈扎拉人的历史。整一章都是关于哈桑的族人的!在里面,我读到了我的族人普什图人,曾经迫害和压迫哈扎拉人。

 

It said the Hazaras had tried to rise against the Pashtuns in the nineteenth century, but the Pashtuns had “quelled them with unspeakable violence.” The book said that my people had killed the Hazaras, driven them from their lands, burned their homes, and sold their women.

它提到哈扎拉在19世纪时曾试图反抗普什图人,但是普什图人不可言喻的暴行镇压了他们。书中说到我的族人曾杀害哈扎拉人,迫使他们离开故土,烧毁他们的家园,还贩卖他们的女人。


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