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不会下的雪

木二力
2018-03-05 05:46:52
我把最近阅读热情激增全部归功于她/它,不够出名的俄裔作家被传奇出版的书中其中一本非代表作。
书里有两个短篇,Le Bal是第一个,但Snow in Autumn才是那个我可能会记得很久的故事。读完的那一刻只觉得自己跳进了她织的一个密密麻麻的网,美和悲交纵复杂无从分辨。其中没有一个最高冲突点,但一字一句把你团起来,除了束手就缚眼泪扑簌扑簌地掉别无选择。

Némirovsky把一个忠心家仆跟随雇主远走海外的老故事写成了空间与时间的双重流放,读者走进去,每一步都能踩到心碎的细节。
主角在庄园里怀念家乡早冬就厚得可以滑冰的湖面,在法国怀念俄罗斯晚秋就开始下的雪。

‘When would the snow come?’
‘Will I live to see the snow now?’
‘“The first snow…”she whispered. She looked at it for a long time, an expression of delight on her face that was both childlike and frightening, a little deranged. She imagined she could feel the snowflakes on her face, could taste their fire and ice.’
……
Heartbroken.
I had to stop here and prayed, really prayed that she at least could see the first flake of sn










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我把最近阅读热情激增全部归功于她/它,不够出名的俄裔作家被传奇出版的书中其中一本非代表作。
书里有两个短篇,Le Bal是第一个,但Snow in Autumn才是那个我可能会记得很久的故事。读完的那一刻只觉得自己跳进了她织的一个密密麻麻的网,美和悲交纵复杂无从分辨。其中没有一个最高冲突点,但一字一句把你团起来,除了束手就缚眼泪扑簌扑簌地掉别无选择。

Némirovsky把一个忠心家仆跟随雇主远走海外的老故事写成了空间与时间的双重流放,读者走进去,每一步都能踩到心碎的细节。
主角在庄园里怀念家乡早冬就厚得可以滑冰的湖面,在法国怀念俄罗斯晚秋就开始下的雪。

‘When would the snow come?’
‘Will I live to see the snow now?’
‘“The first snow…”she whispered. She looked at it for a long time, an expression of delight on her face that was both childlike and frightening, a little deranged. She imagined she could feel the snowflakes on her face, could taste their fire and ice.’
……
Heartbroken.
I had to stop here and prayed, really prayed that she at least could see the first flake of snow before the doomed death.

Nostalgia并存的吸引力和无力感全化在一场再也不会下的雪里,没有人歇斯底里,但谁都知道他们被命运放错了地方,从此形神两分。

而她离开最后一场雪时的庄重更令人心碎。

‘In her dream, she saw the abandoned house, the bare rooms, just as she had left them, with the carpets rolled up against the walls.’

她把地毯全部卷起来,避免沾灰,仿佛庄园的主人不过如往常一样去乡下度假而已。但又有谁还会回到这儿呢?
仅存的希望和注定的绝路,完美的juxtaposition。

有野心的作家当然不会仅仅用细节喂饱读者。
“被惩罚的人是在偿还自己做的恶吗?”
一千个读者能听到一万个问题,这不过是沧海一粟。

当然抛去我个人审美偏好,这个故事稍稍有取巧之疑。毕竟雪从普希金开始就代表Russian Soul,老家仆也左右不离契诃夫The Cherry Orchard里Firs的形象(这个小说的确意在致敬契诃夫), 结局完全意料之中。

但还是喜欢,能说什么呢,如果我能找到一个完美匹配exquisite的中文单词,我就会用它来形容 Snow in Autumn。

谁能想到兜兜转转十年后,阅读这件由俄罗斯人开始的事由另一个俄罗斯人开始下个十年呢。
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