爱德华·巴纳德的堕落
The Fall of Edward Barnard

  • 作   者:

    威廉·萨默塞特·毛姆
    Willliam Somerset Maugham

  • 出版社:

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

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    双语

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毛姆属于现实主义作家,但是小说当中有部分自然主义特征。例如重视环境描写,以及反映中下层人民。毛姆被称为英国的莫泊桑。他一生著作甚多,除诗歌以外的各个文学领域,都有所涉及,有所建树。他共写了长篇小说二十部,短篇小说一百多篇,剧本三十个,此外尚著有游记、回忆录、文艺评论多种。他的作品,特别是他的长、短篇小说,文笔质朴,脉络清晰,人物性格鲜明,情节跌宕有致,在各个阶层中都拥有相当数量的读者群。他的作品被译成各国文字,不少小说还被搬上银幕。毛姆是二十世纪上半叶最受人欢迎的小说家之一。

《爱德华•巴纳德的堕落》是19世纪英国小说家、剧作家、散文家萨默萨特•毛姆的短篇小说集《叶之震颤》中的名篇。故事以充满异域风情的大英帝国东方殖民地南太平洋小岛塔希提为背景,用简洁、优美的文字讲述了背井离乡的美国人爱德华•巴纳德如何突破了外表光鲜的西方文明与貌似野蛮的海岛文化的冲突,毅然放弃了典型的美国丽人伊莎贝拉,转而选择了土著女孩伊娃。可以说,这部作品是典型的后殖民主义小说,在不经意间对西方文明的伪善性进行了批判,对东方文明的自然美进行了颂扬。

威廉·萨默塞特·毛姆,英国小说家、戏剧家。生于律师家庭。父母早死,由伯父接回英国抚养。原来学医,后转而致力写作。他的作品常以冷静、客观乃至挑剔的态度审视人生,基调超然,带讽刺和怜悯意味,在国内外拥有大量读者。著名的有戏剧《圈子》,长篇小说《人生的枷锁》、《月亮和六便士》,短篇小说集《叶的震颤》、《卡苏里那树》、《阿金》等。

William Somerset Maugham CH (25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965) was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest paid author during the 1930s.

从塔希提到圣弗朗西斯科的两周航程中,他一直在想着那件不得不说的事。而在火车上的三天里,他也反复练习着该如何讲述这件事。可是再过几个小时就要到芝加哥了,他仍旧疑虑重重。他那颗敏感万分的心忐忑不安。从道义上讲,他理应竭尽所能。而他却不确信自己是否尽了全力。在这件和他不无关系的事上,他可能任由私利凌驾于侠义之上了。

For a fortnight on the boat that brought him from Tahiti to San Francisco he had been thinking of the story he had to tell, and for three days on the train he had repeated to himself the words in which he meant to tell it. But in a few hours now he would be in Chicago, and doubts assailed him. His conscience, always very sensitive, was not at ease. He was uncertain that he had done all that was possible, it was on his honour to do much more than the possible, and the thought was disturbing that, in a matter which so nearly touched his own interest, he had allowed his interest to prevail over his quixotry.

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