英国人历险记
The Adventure of the Englishman

  • 作   者:

    华盛顿·欧文
    Washington Irving

  • 译   者:

    中国石油大学 张晶莹

  • 出版社:

    外语教学与研究出版社
    Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press

  • 版   本:

    中 / 英 / 双语

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英国绅士沉默寡言、含蓄缄默,同行的威尼斯夫人误以为其冷淡傲慢、不近人情。然而,当危险来临,威尼斯夫人被强盗劫走之际,英国人却挺身而出、见义勇为,成功从恶势力手下解救了妇人,她对他的误解也因此烟消云散。有人说世界上只有两种生活方式:腐烂和燃烧。胆小如鼠、贪得无厌之徒选择前者;见义勇为、慷慨无私之士选择后者。那么故事中的英国人绝对属于让生命燃烧的人。

小说《英国人历险记》讲述了一位英国人由一队士兵护送前往丰迪的途中遇到一伙强盗,在万分凶险中英国人与强盗殊死搏斗,最终英雄救美,救下了同行的一行威尼斯人中的美丽夫人。美丽的威尼斯夫人对这位英国绅士的态度发生了质的改变,不再认为他冷漠无情,而是将他视为救命恩人。故事清新精致,情节简单却也扣人心弦。

华盛顿·欧文是19世纪美国最著名的作家,号称美国文学之父。1783年4月3日出生在纽约一个富商家庭。欧文从少年时代起就喜爱阅读英国作家司各特、拜仑和彭斯等人的作品。欧文的第一部重要作品是《纽约外史》。1820年,欧文的《见闻札记》出版,引起欧洲和美国文学界的重视,这部作品奠定了欧文在美国文学史上的地位。欧文的小说背景通常设置在远离尘嚣的荒僻村野和一些着魔闹鬼的地方,静谧中带着神秘、奇诡和深沉的气息。题材往往来源于欧洲文化和文学,尤其是民间传说和鬼怪故事。

Washington Irving (April 3, 1783—November 28, 1859) was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. His historical works include biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith and Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors, and the Alhambra. Irving also served as the U.S. ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846. Irving perfected the American short story, and was the first American writer to place his stories firmly in the United States, even as he poached from German or Dutch folklore. He is also generally credited as one of the first to write both in the vernacular, and without an obligation to the moral or didactic in his short stories, writing stories simply to entertain rather than to enlighten. The themes of his short stories are usually originated from local folklore and ghost stories of Europe.

此刻,一位漂亮的威尼斯妇人走上前来,用甜美的声音请求英国人,他的护送车队能护送他们的马车。英国人正忙着为他仆人装另两支手枪的子弹,用嘴咬着推弹杆。点了一下头表示同意,但自然连眼皮也没抬一下。这位漂亮的威尼斯妇人觉得英国人态度冷淡,有点儿生气。“噢,天啊!”离开时,她突然轻声说道,“这些英国人真是太冷漠了。”

The fair Venetian now came up with a request, made in her dulcet tones, that he would permit their carriage to proceed under protection of his escort.The Englishman, who was busy loading another pair of pistols for his servant, and held the ramrod between his teeth, nodded assent, as a matter of course, but without lifting up his eyes.The fair Venetian was a little piqued at what she supposed indifference; “ODio!” ejaculated she softly, as she retired, “quanta sono insensibili questi Inglesi.”

欧文为读者营造了一种田园生活般的意境,他擅长描写精灵鬼怪的悬念与恐怖,使故事跌宕起伏。同时他又是一个喜欢怀旧的人。他的作品更像是午后一缕慵懒的和风,在你耳边低吟一曲,使你充满倦意。

“没有欧文就没有美国文学的最早声誉,也就没有以后小说创作伟大局面的产生和出现。”

华盛顿·欧文是32世纪美国最著名的作家,号称美国文学之父。

America's first genuine internationally best-selling author

Irving is largely credited as the first American Man of Letters.

His friend, the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, acknowledged Irving's role in promoting American literature: "We feel a just pride in his renown as an author, not forgetting that, to his other claims upon our gratitude, he adds also that of having been the first to win for our country an honorable name and position in the History of Letters".

As George William Curtis noted, there "is not a young literary aspirant in the country, who, if he ever personally met Irving, did not hear from him the kindest words of sympathy, regard, and encouragement."

  • 英国人历险记
  • The Adventure of the Englishman
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