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第26届韩素音翻译大赛汉译英:《城市的迷失》(节选) [Copy link] 中文

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城市的迷失
         

          沿着瑗珲—腾冲线,这条1935年由胡焕庸先生发现并命名的中国人口、自然和历史地理的分界线,我们看到,从远距离贸易发展开始的那天起,利益和权力的渗透与分散,已经从根本结构上改变了城市的状态:城市在膨胀,人在疏离。里尔的阿兰的话到今天仍然振聋发聩:“金钱万能,不是凯撒万能。”     

The Disorientation of Cities



          The straight line from Yuanhui (Heilongjiang Province) to Tengchong (Yunnan Province) is an imaginary one discovered and named by Professor Hu Huanyong in 1935. It’s recognized as the geographical dividing line of demography, nature and history (between the southeast and northwest) of China. Along this line it can be seen that since the development of long-distance trade, the penetration and dispersion of power and interests have fundamentally changed the state of cities: cities are expanding around, while people drifting apart. To this day, the words of French theologian Alain de Lille sound as enlightening and illuminating as ever: “Caesar is not omnipotent, money is!”


          在古罗马,柱子是按照人的比例划分的;到了文艺复兴时期,人就是世界上最美好的尺度。今天的中国城市里,裁弯取直的河渠,向四面八方扩张的交通,膨胀硕大的以便于接纳更多商业行为的城市广场与建筑立面,都在告诉人们建设背后的权力与资本才是审美标准。直到有一天,回过头来看到自己的孩子站在为车辆交通铺开的、满是尘土的路上,我们才发现,城市的大,却容不下一个让孩子们展开笑颜的机会。  


          In ancient Rome, columns are designed and categorized according to the proportions of human figures. Ever since the Renaissance, human has become the most ideal yardstick under heaven. In the cities of today’s China, winding river courses are being straightened, transportation spreading in all directions, and squares and buildings mushrooming for more commercial behavior, all of which proclaim to the public that the aesthetic standards are none other than the power and capital behind the construction. Not until we look back and find our children standing on traffic-oriented, dust-coated streets, will it dawn on us that big as the city is, it offers no room for a smile to light up children’s faces.


          规划和设计的弊病,不在于追求利益这件事情本身,而在于追求利益和权利时的鬼迷心窍,把人类其他的需要都忘记得一干二净。城市数量在变多、规模在扩大、城乡结构在解体,但城市的性质和目的,却被忘却了:最聪明的人不再懂得社会生活的形式,而最无知的人却准备去建设社会生活的形式。      

          The malady of city planning and designing lies not in the inherent pursuit of interests, but in the maniac obsession with them, throwing all other needs of mankind to the wind. Cities are growing in number and in size and the dual structure of city and countryside is collapsing, but the essence and purpose of urbanization are consigned to oblivion: the wisest have been left behind by social lifestyle, the development of which has been, however, left on the hand of the most ignorant.


译文来自博客: 人在旅途



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The straight line(Readers might ask what line you are talking about? So it is advised to change into "There is a line" or "There is a demarcation line running") from Yuanhui (Heilongjiang Province) to Tengchong (Yunnan Province) is an imaginary one discovered (Here is the question: if it was a fictional line, how could it be discovered?)and named by Professor Hu Huanyong in 1935.

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