アゴタ・クリストフ

  • 2009.12.20 Sunday
  • 12:01
英米文学ではないが、印象的だった読み物について。

「怪物―アゴタ・クリストフ戯曲集」
アゴタ・クリストフ Agota Kristof (著)、堀 茂樹 (訳)、早川書房

「悪童日記」(英語の題はThe Notebook)およびその続編2作からなる3部作で知られる、スイス在住のハンガリー人(と言ってよいのか?)が、「悪童日記」以前に書いた戯曲を集めたもの。
この後に出版された戯曲集「伝染病」と対を成し、巻末には「伝染病」に収録された戯曲の説明もある。
戯曲は読み慣れないせいか、おもしろいと思って読んだことがないが、これはおもしろかった。メッセージ性が強く、人に語って、ディスカッションできる素材になる。しかし文学として鑑賞したい人には不向きかもしれない。
「悪童日記」と同様、翻訳があまり好きになれないが、フランス語の原作自体の文体のせいだろうか。
「文盲」という本には、子ども時代に故郷を離れ、他所に移り住み時が経つにつれて、故郷の言葉を忘れていく寂しい思いが書かれていたが、この作家にとってフランス語が母語ではないということは、作品を読む際に考慮すべき要素なのだろうか。

アメリカとイギリスのAMAZONには、このような戯曲集の英語版は見当たらなかった。
英語で読んでみたいのだが。

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LOOKING BACK (2)

  • 2009.12.15 Tuesday
  • 00:59
There are some questions:

The priest decided to be a priest after he lost his pet dog. The dog was "the first living creature I had ever loved passionately, because he returned my affection." When a priest should love others without expecting anything in return, is his character adequate as a priest?

At the end of the story, the Comtesse thinks "of many things that do not occur to the young." What did she think about?

What does the priest think of his parents now? Does he accept them as they were?

The Comtesse is a devoted grandmother. She says she "could never have endured the sorrow with which I come into contact everyday had it been my own [grandchildren]." This makes a good contrast with the priest's attitude toward family, but also shows her weakness. What did the author intend to tell the readers through the two persons' contrast and similarities?
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LOOKING BACK

  • 2009.12.02 Wednesday
  • 21:46
"Looking Back" written by Guy de Maupassant, translated by H. N. P. Sloman

This is a talk between the Comtesse, a grandmother of two girls and a boy, and the Abbe Mauduit, or the Cure.

Question about the language:
The Cure is very generous. "He would have divided his cloak like Saint Martin."... What does this mean?
Here's the answer.
Saint Martin of Tours, (Savaria, Pannonia {now Szombathely, Hungary}, 316 – November 8, 397 in Candes-Saint-Martin, Gaul {central France}; buried November 11, 397, Candes, Gaul) was a Bishop of Tours whose shrine became a famous stopping-point for pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela.
While Martin was still a soldier at Amiens he experienced the vision that became the most-repeated story about his life. He was at the gates of the city of Amiens with his soldiers when he met a scantily dressed beggar. He impulsively cut his own military cloak in half and shared it with the beggar. That night he dreamed of Jesus wearing the half-cloak Martin had given away. He heard Jesus say to the angels: "Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptised; he has clad me." (Sulpicius, ch 2). In another story, when Martin woke his cloak was restored, and the miraculous cloak was preserved among the relic collection of the Merovingian kings of the Franks.
(From Wikipedia)


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