2014.09.18【英译中】书评——灵魂的圈(2)

发表于:2014-09-18 13:11 [只看楼主] [划词开启]
“Black Swan Green” (2006) is a funny and sweet-natured semi-autobiographical novel, conventionally told, about a boy growing up in a stifling Worcestershire village. “Cloud Atlas” (2004), his best-known book, is a brilliant postmodern suite, comprising six connected and overlapping novellas, set in such eras as the eighteen-fifties, the nineteen-thirties, the nineteen-seventies, and the dystopian future. 
《绿野黑天鹅》(2006年)是一部有趣的朴实的半自传体小说,讲述的一个生长在令人窒息的伍斯特郡小村庄的小男孩的故事。《云图》(2004年),是大卫·米切尔最著名的小说,是个精彩的反现代小说,包含六个连接和重叠的中篇小说,分别以十八世纪、十九世纪三十年大i、十九世纪七十年代和乌托邦的未来为背景。


His 2010 book, “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet,” is a more or less traditional historical novel, set in 1799, in the bay of Nagasaki, about relations between the Japanese and the Dutch. He has a marvellous sense of the real and of the unreal, and his best work keeps these elements in nice tension—a balancing of different vitalities. 

他2010年新出的书《雅各布·德佐特的千秋》是一本传统的历史小说,环境设定在1799年的长崎海湾,故事发生在日本人和荷兰人之间。作者对于现实和非现实把握的很好,可以用奇妙来形容,他最擅长的就是把各个元素保持在一个适度紧张的氛围下——保持各种活力的平衡。


One of the reasons he is such a popular and critically lauded writer is that he combines both the giddy, freewheeling ceaselessness of the pure storyteller with the grounded realism of the humanist. There’s something for everyone, traditionalist or postmodernist, realist or fantasist; Mitchell is a steady entertainer. 

米切尔的成名和广受批评家赞美的原因之一是因为他的文字是由令人眼花的、独立自主的无止境的纯粹组成的,被现实主义包围着的人道主义者。文字里有适用于全人类的东西,传统主义者、反现代主义者、现实主义者亦或者幻想者都能找到属于自己的。米切尔是个很稳的作者。


Pleasing his readership, he has said, is important to him: “One of the questions I always try to keep in the front of my mind is to ask why would anyone want to read this, and to try to find a positive answer for that. People’s time, if you bought it off them, is expensive. Someone’s going to give you eight or ten hours of their life. I want to give them something back, and I want it to be an enjoyable experience.”

让他的读者满意对米切尔来说很重要,他说:“我一直尝试将一个疑问放在心里,这个疑问就是问为什么别人想读我的文字,然后我会找到一个合理的答案。时间是很宝贵的,如果你从别人那借来了时间,有人将给你7到8小时的时间,我就想给他们以回报,我希望阅读我的文字是段美妙的旅程。”


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