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汉译英:巴金的《海上日出》

(2011-09-25 11:18:21)
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Sunrise at the sea

by Ba Jin

In order to watch the sunrise, I often get up very early, when it is still not completely bright, and the surrounding is quiet except for the humming of the motors. 

The sky is in light blue, a very pale color of blue.  All of a sudden, a streak of red cloud emerges at the edge of the sky and slowly grows and brightens.  Knowing that the sun is about to rise from the horizon, I start to gaze at it.   

Just as expected, shortly, the sun starts reveal a small part of its face.  It is really red, but does not have much light.  It seems the sun is heavily burdened, painstakingly climbs up.  Finally, it breaks out from the clouds, jumping from the sea surface, into a lovely red color.  Within a split second, eye-dazzling light radiates from this deep red sphere and stings my eyes.  The surrounding clouds also glow with a red sheen. 

Sometimes the sun is covered by the clouds, but its radiation still shoots down, reflecting on the water surface.  At that moment, it is not easy to make out where the sea ends and the sky begins, for all I can see is an eyeful of glittering light. 

Sometimes there are dark clouds in the sky.  When the clouds are thick, the human eye cannot see that the sun has already risen.  However, the light will break out from the block of dark clouds, adding a gilt edge to them.  After a while, the sun will slowly break away from the clouds, showing itself in the sky and dyeing the dark clouds into either purple or red.  In time, not only the sun, the clouds and the sea, but I myself also shine.

Isn’t it a spectacular wonder?

January 1927

海上日出

 

巴金


  为了看日出,我常常早起。那时天还没有大亮,周围非常清静,船上只有机器的响声。
  天空还是一片浅蓝,颜色很浅。转眼间天边出现了一道红霞,慢慢地在扩大它的范围,加强它的亮光。我知道太阳要从天边升起来了,便不转眼地望着那里。
  果然过了一会儿,在那个地方出现了太阳的小半边脸,红是真红,却没有亮光。这个太阳好像负着重荷似地一步一步、慢慢地努力上升,到了最后,终于冲破了云霞,完全跳出了海面,颜色红得非常可爱。一刹那间,这个深红的圆东西,忽然发出了夺目的亮光,射得人眼睛发痛,它旁边的云片也突然有了光彩。
  有时太阳走进了云堆中,它的光线却从云里射下来,直射到水面上。这时候要分辨出哪里是水,哪里是天,倒也不容易,因为我就只看见一片灿烂的亮光。
  有时天边有黑云,而且云片很厚,太阳出来,人眼还看不见。然而太阳在黑云里放射的光芒,透过黑云的重围,替黑云镶了一道发光的金边。后来太阳才慢慢地冲出重围,出现在天空,甚至把黑云也染成了紫色或者红色。这时候发亮的不仅是太阳、云和海水,连我自己也成了明亮的了。
  这不是很伟大的奇观么?
                      19271

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