2014.09.18【英译中】书评——灵魂的圈(1)

发表于:2014-09-18 13:10 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

As the novel’s cultural centrality dims, so storytelling—J. K. Rowling’s magical Owl of Minerva, equipped for a thousand tricks and turns—flies up and fills the air. Meaning is a bit of a bore, but storytelling is alive. The novel form can be difficult, cumbrously serious; storytelling is all pleasure, fantastical in its fertility, its ceaseless inventiveness. 
随着小说文化中心的低迷,编故事的J.K.罗琳的魔法智慧之神的猫头鹰,被众多把戏包装起来,充斥着文学界。含义让人生厌,但是编故事却是一件有趣的事。小说提纲是件难事,让人非常头疼;编故事让人很有压力,需要丰富的不切实际的想象力,还有无止境的创新点子。


Easy to consume, too, because it excites hunger while simultaneously satisfying it: we continuously want more. The novel now aspires to the regality of the boxed DVD set: the throne is a game of them. And the purer the storytelling the better—where purity is the embrace of sheer occurrence, unburdened by deeper meaning.

这也很容易推断的出,因为这些小说让人既享受又渴望:我们还想要更多。这些小说现在正在努力迎合那些DVD厂商:游戏厂商。越纯粹编故事越好——纯粹是发生偏离的摇篮,卸下晦涩难懂的深层含义。


Publishers, readers, booksellers, even critics, acclaim the novel that one can deliciously sink into, forget oneself in, the novel that returns us to the innocence of childhood or the dream of the cartoon, the novel of a thousand confections and no unwanted significance. 

出版商、读者、图书销售者,甚至是批评家都指责这些小说,他们让人沉浸在无知的童年,忘记自我,幻想卡通时代,没有任何文化价值和重要性。


What becomes harder to find, and lonelier to defend, is the idea of the novel as—in Ford Madox’s words— “a medium of profoundly serious investigation into the human case.”

这些小说的主旨越来越难发现,有很长的铺垫来阐述主旨。用福特·马铎的话来说就是——一篇对人类深入调查的媒介。


David Mitchell is a superb storyteller. He has an extraordinary facility with narrative: he can get a narrative rolling along faster than most writers, so that it is filled with its own mobile life. You feel that he can do anything he wants, in a variety of modes, and still convince.

大卫·米切尔是一名卓越的编故事者。他有一个杰出的讲故事设备,他叙述的比大多数作者都要快,以至于他的全部自由生活都被占据了。你会觉得他能够做任何想做的事,在适度范围内,很有说服性。


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