米蘭昆德拉    Day 49

 
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10月23日 Pokhara

今天繼續幹人生四件大事兼旅行三件事,這三天來最煩惱的事莫過於選擇去那兒吃早、午、晚三餐及上那家網吧上網。

今天看書看到有意思的東西了,米蘭昆德拉諷刺地批判了當時一些現象(三十年前),而這現象在今天所謂 web2.0 的年代,憑著 blog, flickr, youtube,myspace, facebook 等平台,得到史無前例的推動發大。我這個亟亟於寫遊記的人看到段文字後感汗顏之餘亦覺冇癮。不過我想昆德拉是對的...

我的翻譯太爛了,為免獻醜,索性把英譯原文節錄如下:

Part 4 - section 9:

Graphomania(an obsession with writing books) takes on the propotions of a mass epidemic whenever a society develops to the point where it can provide three basic conditions:

1. a high enough degree of general well-being to enable people to devote their energies to useless activites;
2. an advanced state of social atomization and the resultant general feeling of the isolation of the individual;
3. a radical absence of sinificant social change in the internal development of the nation.

But the effect transmits a kind of flashback to the cause. If general isolation causes graphomania, mass graphomania itself reinforces and aggravates the feeling of general isolation. The invention of printing originally promoted mutual understanding. In the era of graphomania the writing of books has the opposite effect: everyone surrounds himself with his own writings as with a wall of mirrors cutting off all voices from without.

Part 4 - section 18:

The proliferation of mass graphomania ... proves to me that every individual without exception bears a potential writer within himself and that all mankind has every right to rush out into the streets with a cry of "We are all writers!"

The reason is that everyone has trouble accepting the fact he will disappear unheard of and unnoticed in an indifferent universe, and everyone wants to make himself into a universe of words before it's too late.

Once the writer in every individual comes to life (and that time is not far off), we are in for an age of universal deafness and lack of understanding.

Part 6 section 8:

We will never remember anything by sitting in one place waiting for the memories to come back to us of their own accord! Memories are scattered all over the world. We must travel if we want to find them and flush them from their hiding places

宿:Butterfly Lodge, 300盧比, (US4.7)