2014.07.02【英译中】追风筝的人(12)

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And my room was across the hall from Baba’s bedroom. How my mother ever managed to sleep in the same room as him is a mystery to me. It’s on the long list of things I would have asked my mother if I had ever met her.

而且我的房间跟爸爸的房间中间还隔着客厅呢。我妈妈是如何能够做到和他睡在同一个房间的,这对我来说仍是个迷。我有一个很长的清单,如果我能见到我的妈妈,上面写着的东西是我想要问她的。

In the late 1960s, when I was five or six, Baba decided to build an orphanage. I heard the story through Rahim Khan. He told me Baba had drawn the blueprints himself despite the fact that he’d had no architectural experience at all.

在上个世纪六十年代,我五六岁的时候,爸爸决定要建造一所孤儿院。我是从拉辛汗那里知道这个故事的。他告诉我,尽管爸爸实际上并没有任何建筑经验,但他自己设计了施工图。

Skeptics had urged him to stop his foolishness and hire an architect. Of course, Baba refused, and everyone shook their heads in dismay at his obstinate ways. Then Baba succeeded and everyone shook their heads in awe at his triumphant ways.

那些对此有所怀疑的人劝他别做傻事,去雇个建筑师。当然,爸爸拒绝这么做,人们摇头对他的固执表示惊愕。后来爸爸成功了,人们又摇头对他成功的方式表示敬畏。

Baba paid for the construction of the two-story orphanage, just off the main strip of Jadeh Maywand south of the KabulRiver, with his own money.

两层高的孤儿院在杰德梅汪德大道旁,在喀布尔河的南面,所有施工所需的费用都是我爸爸用自己的钱支付的。

Rahim Khan told me Baba had personally funded the entire project, paying for the engineers, electricians, plumbers, and laborers, not to mention the city officials whose “mustaches needed oiling.”

拉辛汗告诉我说爸爸独自为整个工程提供了资金,他付钱给工程师、电工、管道工和一些辅助工,更别说城里的官员“胡子上需要加点油”。

It took three years to build the orphanage. I was eight by then. I remember the day before the orphanage opened, Baba took me toGharghaLake, a few miles north ofKabul. He asked me to fetch Hassan too, but I lied and told him Hassan had the runs.

建造孤儿院花了三年时间。那时我八岁。我记得在孤儿院开放的前一天,爸爸带我去喀尔卡湖,那条湖在喀布尔北边几公里的地方。他叫我带上哈桑一起,但是我跟他撒谎说哈桑有自己的事做。

I wanted Baba all to myself. And besides, one time atGharghaLake, Hassan and I were skimming stones and Hassan made his stone skip eight times. The most I managed was five. Baba was there, watching, and he patted Hassan on the back. Even put his arm around his shoulder.

我要爸爸只属于我一个人。此外,有一次我和哈桑在喀尔卡湖玩打水漂,哈桑可以让他的石头跳八下,但我最多也就只能跳五下。爸爸在边上看着我们,他轻轻地拍了拍哈桑的背,甚至还用手臂搂住他的肩。

 

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