同木乃伊对话
Some Words with a Mummy

  • 作   者:

    埃德加·爱伦·坡
    Edgar Allan Poe

  • 译   者:

    大连外国语 李渤

  • 出版社:

    外语教学与研究出版社
    Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press

  • 语   言:

    双语

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木乃伊复活了?!是的!还变成了演说家!

Poe is clearly poking fun at Egyptmania in this story. In the story a group of men gather together in the middle of the night to examine a mummy for the sake of "scientific discovery". During their examination they act like a group of children that just got a new toy. They poke and prod the mummy just to see what happens, this is evident when they decide to use electricity. The fact that this is going on at the Doctor's private residence and is attended by his friends only, even though they do not have any kind of medical expertise denotes this fact. Although it seems, in modern times, counterproductive to conduct a serious scientific examination in a party like atmosphere, this was commonly done at the time, a fact that Poe is ridiculing here. The mummy is also a method of ridicule here, right down to its name, Allamistakeo. Unlike serious mummy horror stories, the mummy is not scary, and the characters do not react to it as such. It is another device that Poe uses to censure the reader. Upon its resurrection, the mummy chastises the men for their abuse of himself and mummies in general.

我的医生朋友偶然得到了一具木乃伊,怀着对古代世界的好奇我们对木乃伊做了通电试验,结果木乃伊竟然活了!而且,同我们进行了一场古今辩论。

Some Words with a Mummy is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. It was first published in American Review: A Whig Journal in April 1845. It is a satire and criticism of the popularity of mummies and science that was occurring at the time.

埃德加•爱伦•坡(Edgar Allan Poe)(1809-1849),美国作家,诗人,编辑和文学评论家,美国浪漫主义思潮时期的重要成员。坡以神秘故事和恐怖小说闻名于世,他是美国短篇故事的最早先驱者之一,又被尊为推理小说的开山鼻祖,进而也被誉为后世科幻小说的始祖。他是第一个尝试完全依赖写作谋生的知名美国作家,从而导致贫困潦倒。

Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809—October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.

伯爵承认我们在这方面有一定的知识,但反问我怎样把像卡纳克这样的小宫殿的柱头放到门楣上去。对于这个问题我决定装没听见,继续问伯爵是否知道自流井,然而他只是扬了扬眉毛。格利登先生拼命向我使眼色,低声对我说,受雇在大绿洲打井的工程师们最近刚发现了一口埃及自流井。

He agreed that we knew something in that way, but inquired how I should have gone to work in getting up the imposts on the lintels of even the little palace at Carnac.This question I concluded not to hear, and demanded if he had any idea of Artesian wells; but he simply raised his eyebrows; while Mr. Gliddon winked at me very hard and said, in a low tone, that one had been recently discovered by the engineers employed to bore for water in the Great Oasis.

爱伦·坡最大的成就是他的短篇小说,他留下的短篇传世佳作题材丰富,并且开创了许多题材。他是优秀短篇小说作家,侦探小说之父;坎坷半世,身后声名远播,想象力丰富且分析缜密;崇尚而且追随美,而美却与恐怖和诡异相伴相生。

他在《怪异故事集》序中称“自己的作品绝大部分都是深思熟虑的苦心经营”。

洛威尔一向不轻易赞扬别人,却把坡誉为“最有见识、最富哲理的大无畏评论家”。

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Poe's best-loved tales are destined to capture the imagination of a generation new to the master of terror, as well as delight longtime admirers of Poe, who will find much to relish in this haunting interpretation."

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