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漢譯英佳作翻譯:史鐵生《我與地壇》節選Ⅰ
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《我與地壇》,長篇哲思抒情散文,中國當代著名作家史鐵生著。是史鐵生文學作品中,充滿哲思又極為人性化的代表作之一。地壇只是一個載體,而文章的本質卻是一個絕望的人尋求希望的過程,以及對母親的思念。

 

我在好幾篇小說中都提到過一座廢棄的古園,實際就是地壇。許多年前旅游業還沒有開展,園子荒蕪冷落得如同一片野地,很少被人記起。
In a number of my stories, I’ve referred to an antiquated park: in fact, this is the Temple of Earth Park. Some years ago, before tourism had developed much, it was as desolate and neglected as a wasteland. People seldom gave it a thought.

地壇離我家很近。或者說我家離地壇很近。總之,只好認為這是緣分。
The Temple of Earth wasn’t far from my home, or perhaps it’s better to say my home wasn’t far from it. All in all, I felt I was related to it by fate.

地壇在我出生前四百多年就坐落在那兒了,而自從我的祖母年輕時帶著我父親來到北京,就一直住在離它不遠的地方——五十多年間搬過幾次家,可搬來搬去總是在它周圍,而且是越搬離它越近了。我常覺得這中間有著宿命的味道:仿佛這古園就是為了等我,而歷盡滄桑在那兒等待了四百多年。
It had reposed there for four hundred years before my birth, and ever since, when my grandmother was a young woman, she had taken my father to live in Beijing, my family had lived near it: in more than fifty years, my family had moved several times, but always to a place in its vicinity. Each time, we moved closer to it. I often felt this was something foreordained—as if this old park were waiting especially for me: it seemed it had been waiting for four hundred years—through all the tumultuous changes of those centuries.

它等待我出生,然后又等待我活到最狂妄的年齡上忽地殘廢了雙腿。四百多年里,它剝蝕了古殿檐頭浮夸的琉璃,淡褪了門壁上炫耀的朱紅,坍圮了一段段高墻又散落了玉砌雕欄,祭壇四周的老柏樹愈見蒼幽,到處的野草荒藤也都茂盛得自在坦蕩。
It had waited for me to be born, and then it had waited for me to be suddenly crippled in both legs during my wildly ambitious youth. In those four hundred years, it had been denuded of the colored glazes on the eaves of its old temple, the glorious vermilion of its gates and walls had faded, the high walls had collapsed, pieces of jade inlaid into the pillars had loosened and scattered, yet old dark green cypress trees surrounding the altar had become more and more serene, and everywhere, weeds and vines flourished with abandon.

這時候想必我是該來了。十五年前的一個下午,我搖著輪椅進入園中,它為一個失魂落魄的人把一切都準備好了。那時,太陽循著亙古不變的路途正越來越大,也越紅。在滿園彌漫的沉靜光芒中,一個人更容易看到時間,并看見自己的身影。
It was about the right time for me to come here. When the park was finally ready for me—a man at loose ends—I maneuvered my wheelchair into the park for the first time. The sun—on its ancient, unchanged path—was just growing bigger, and redder. In the still rays of light suffusing the park, it was easy for a person to see the time, and easy to see his own shadow.

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