Kiss & Tell

歌德的網頁介紹中譯本的 Kiss & Tell (Alain de Botton),譯名叫做「吻了再說」。我很多年前看過英文版,是一本很有趣的小說。不過,我不是想在這裡談故事的細節,而是想引一段男主角前女友對他責難的文字,這段不留情面的話,間接引出了整個小說的情節。

It took me a long time to figure you out,” began a letter from a woman who had shared six months of my life, then decided she would have preferred to see me dead, “to understand how someone could have been so un-self-aware and at the same time so self-obsessed. You said you loved me, but a narcissist can’t love anyone but himself. I know most men have little clue of how to communicate, but your incapacities were tediously extraordinary. You had no repect for anything I gave a damn about, you approached everything with the same high-handed, self-righteous manner. I wasted too long with an egoist incapable of listening to my needs, someone who would have had trouble empathizing with anything further than his own ear-lobe…

Kissandtell在這個叫Divina的前女友大罵一番,撕破外皮,直搗自己性格弱點之後,男主角決定要去為一個陌生人寫一本傳記,試圖打破自己的自戀性格。我在看原版英文時,覺得寫得很精彩,所以很有興趣知道中文版把這一段翻譯成甚麼。這段罵人的話用了大量很難翻譯得精確的詞語,不知道譯成中文後,感覺會不會完全不同,或者詞鋒變弱呢?

我覺得,用中文罵人,要用比較直接的詞語,才能容易傷人。經典例子是黃品源的【那麼愛你為甚麼】之中,莫文蔚,連珠爆發的獨白:


從女性觀點我明白地說
無論你是怎麼挖心掏肺
呼天搶地或是熱情如火
不只白白惹人討厭讓人嫌你囉唆
恨不得沒跟你認識過

你講也講不聽
聽又聽不懂
懂也不會做
做又做不好

你現在唱著這樣的歌
你到底是想對我說什麼

7 Comments Add yours

  1. sidekick says:

    莫文蔚的rap, 後來, 就變成了”江湖”劉德華的那段話了! :p

  2. manics says:

    stan, 呢排無新作出街?

  3. Stannum says:

    manics:你指小說?呢排有其他野做,寫小說要用多D時間同心機;而且上篇回響太勁,有D壓力咯。有兩篇開左頭,但係未完成。

    sidekick:「江湖」沒有看過,劉德華講過乜?都幾耐無睇過港產片咯!

  4. KCR says:

    “江湖” – 劉德華 :

    講你又唔聽, 聽你又唔明, 明你又唔做, 做你又做錯,
    錯你又唔認, 認你又唔改, 改你又唔服, 服你又唔講

  5. Stannum says:

    KCR:歡迎你來留言!哇,罵人的句子多了一倍,最後還循環回到「講」,正!

  6. 一方 says:

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  7. Stannum says:

    一方:謝謝你的讚賞,你的圖文才是真正的專業呢。我在外國多年,今年初才重拾學生時代的寫作興趣,還在這裡認識了很多有趣的朋友。希望你有空多多來訪,大家交流一下!

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