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《纽约时报》2019年度十大好书(双语)

励志人生网 2020-05-11 16:34 励志书籍 101次

  Disappearing Earth

  《消失的土地》

  By Julia Phillips

  茱莉亚·菲利普斯著

  In the first chapter of this assured debut novel, two young girls vanish, sending shock waves through a town perched on the edge of the remote, brooding Kamchatka Peninsula. What follows is a novel of overlapping short stories about the various women who have been affected by their disappearance. Each richly textured tale pushes the narrative forward another month and exposes the ways in which the women of Kamchatka have been shattered — personally, culturally and emotionally — by the crime.

  在这本自信的处女作小说第一章中,两个年轻的女孩消失了,给这个坐落在遥远且静谧的堪察加半岛边缘的小镇带来了巨大冲击。接下来的小说由一系列相互交叠的小故事组成,讲述了她们的失踪给许多女人造成的影响。每一个情节丰富的故事都将叙事向前推进一个月,揭示了堪察加的女人们如何在个人、文化和情感层面受到这起犯罪行为的打击。

  perch [pɜːtʃ]:v.栖息;就位;位于

  The Topeka School

  《托皮卡学校》

  By Ben Lerner

  本·勒纳著

  Lerner’s exhilarating third novel, after “Leaving the Atocha Station” and “10:04,” rocks an emphatically American amplitude. Adam Gordon returns as the protagonist, but this time as a high school debate star, and mostly in the third person. Equal portions of the book are given over to the voices of his psychologist parents, and to a former classmate whose cognitive deficits are the inverse of Adam’s gifts. The earlier novels’ questions about art and authenticity persist; but Adam’s faithlessness is now stretched into a symptom of a national crisis of belief. Lerner’s own arsenal has always included a composer’s feel for orchestration, a ventriloquist’s vocal range and a fine ethnographic attunement.

  这是勒纳令人振奋的第三部小说。继《离开阿托查车站》和《10:04》之后,本书展现了一种极为美国式的宽广。亚当·戈登再度成为主人公,但这次是作为高中辩论明星,而且主要是以第三人称出现。他的心理学家父母,以及一个有认知缺陷、和亚当的天赋形成鲜明对比的前同学,得到了同等的篇幅。勒纳早期小说对艺术和真伪的质疑依然存在;但是亚当的信仰缺失如今已经扩展成一个国家信仰危机的症状。一名作曲家对管弦乐编曲的感觉,一个腹语表演者的音域,以及一种细腻的民族和谐,一直都是勒纳所倚仗的。

  amplitude [ˈæmplɪtjuːd]:n.丰富,充足;广阔

  protagonist [prəˈtæɡənɪst]:n.主角,主演;主要人物

  ventriloquist[venˈtrɪləkwɪst]:n.腹语术者;口技艺人

  Exhalation

  《呼气》

  By Ted Chiang

  特德·姜著

  Many of the nine deeply beautiful stories in this collection explore the material consequences of time travel. Reading them feels like sitting at dinner with a friend who explains scientific theory to you without an ounce of condescension. Each thoughtful, elegantly crafted story poses a philosophical question; Chiang curates all nine into a conversation that comes full circle, after having traversed remarkable terrain.

  这本合集收录了九个美丽动人的短篇小说,其中好几篇都探讨了时间旅行的重大后果。阅读它们就像和一位朋友坐在一起吃饭,席间他向你解释科学理论,毫无居高临下之态。每一个深思熟虑、构思优雅的故事都提出了一个哲学问题;在经历了一段非凡的旅程后,特德·姜将这9则故事构织成了一场圆融的谈话。

  condescension [ˌkɒndɪˈsenʃn]:n.傲慢态度

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