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[读书笔记]《Magician of Lublin》(卢布林的魔术师)  

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这还是我第一次读到1976年诺贝尔文学奖得主Issac Bashevis Singer的作品,非常喜欢,是近期读到的最好的书,让我想继续读辛格的书。主人公雅沙这个半红不红的魔术师在生活中也像在舞台上走钢丝,周旋于几个女人之间,渴望更好的生活,似乎幸福伸手可及时,却一朝不慎,毁掉了自己的前程及生活。最后一部分我觉得有点蛇足,似乎雅沙重重跌到谷底后,又从宗教中获得了自我拯救(而且因为苦行,反而成了不大不小的名人,令人啼笑皆非)。不管怎么样,这是一部杰作,通过优美的文字(从意第绪语译为英语)及流畅的叙事,揭示了一个中年男人的挣扎,意义是永恒的。

 

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But just as the thieves had to steal money – he had to steal love.

 

Here, they imitate everything from abroad. An open singer can screen like an owl, but if he has sung in Italy, every shouts: “Bravo!”

 

Having surrounded himself with a low class of people, his reward was to be treated like one of them. Emilia was the only miracle in his life, his only hope of salvation from the pit he had dug for himself.

 

For all his drive, he, Yasha, was constantly on the brink of melancholy. As soon as he lost his craving for new tricks and new loves, doubts attacked him like locusts.

 

He lust after women, yet hated them as a drunkard hates alcohol.

 

He marveled at his own entanglements, yet took some perverse pleasure from them, as if his life were a story book in which the situation grows tenser and tenser until one can barely wait to turn the page.

 

"A good evening to you,” and he gripped Yasha’s hand. It was more a show of strength than a handshake. Yasha fell into the spirit of the contest and squeezed as hard as he could.

 

Yasha was well aware of that his worst enemy was his ennui. To escape it, he had a committed all of his follies. It lashed at him like so many whips. Because of it, he had loaded himself down with all sorts of burdens.

 

A religion was like an army – to operate it required discipline. And abstract faith inevitably led to sin. 

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