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最近看麦卡勒斯的小说,两个问题萦绕在心里,一个是《心是孤独猎手》里辛格的自杀,另一个是《伤心咖啡馆之歌》(The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe)里爱密利亚小姐死磕一个矮人罗锅。麦卡勒斯一定深谙东方留白美学,看完了读者是注定要恍惚一阵的,回味来又不会觉得突兀。有人称麦卡勒斯是美国南方哥特式作家,也是南方作家中生命力最为强盛的,三联的麦卡勒斯系列翻译很出彩,但还是比不上原文,顺便提一下,个人尤其喜欢纳博科夫的《洛丽塔》(Lolita),上次看了一段”资深"翻译家主万的译笔,(上海译文版本)看得撞墙。不信,各位同学不妨找来他的译文与原文对比一下。

下面找了几段麦卡勒斯的英语原文,管窥一下她思想与文字的魅力。

I live with the people I create and it has always made my essential loneliness less keen.


The theme is the theme of humiliation, which is the square root of sin, as opposed to the freedom from humiliation, and love, which is the square root of wonderful.


All men are lonely. But sometimes it seems to me that we Americans are the loneliest of all. Our hunger for foreign places and new ways has been with us almost like a national disease. Our literature is stamped with a quality of longing and unrest, and our writers have been great wanderers.


It is a curious emotion, this certain homesickness I have in mind. With Americans, it is a national trait, as native to us as the rollercoaster or the jukebox. It is no simple longing for the home town or country of our birth. The emotion is Janus-faced: we are torn between a nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.


"There was neither beginning nor end to this sorrow. Nor understanding. Always he would return in his thoughts to this white man who was not insolent or scornful but who was just. And how can the dead be truly dead when they still live in the souls of those who are left behind?"
from The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
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