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一行翻訳コンテスト2015.10.16

■オススメの一冊 その1

『This Changes Everything』
(Naomi Klein 著/Simon & Schuster)

Even Happier: A Gratitude Journal for Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment

では今月の本。1冊目はNaomi Kleinの『This Changes Everything』。『ショック・ドクトリン』で知られる著者の最新作で、ちょっと活字が細かいのが難点なので、持っている人はkindle版を買った方が幸せかも。前作は、ある意味現在の日本で起こっている新自由主義による改革(というより改悪・破壊)の背景にあるものを示したベストセラーですが、本作は気候変動と資本主義をテーマにしています。夢想的な内容でも、実行不可能なものでもなく、気候変動を好機としてシステムのあり方を見直すべきだというきちんとした本です。書き出しからしてうまいんだわ。

A voice came over the intercom: would the passengers of Flight 3935, scheduled to depart Washington, D.C., for Charleston, South Carolina, kindly collect their carry-on luggage and get off the plane.
   They went down the stairs and gathered on the hot tarmac. There they saw something unusual: the wheels of the US Airways jet had sunk into the black pavement as if it were wet cement. The wheels were lodged so deep, in fact, that the truck that came to tow the plane away couldn’t pry it loose. The airline had hoped that without the added weight of the flight, thirty-five passengers, the aircraft would be light enough to pull. It wasn’t. Someone posted a picture: “Why is my flight cancelled? Because DC is so damn hot that our plane sank 4″ into the pavement.”

面白いから読んでみてね。

■オススメの一冊 その2

『Prey』
(James Carol 著/Faber & Faber)

Prey

では2冊目。James Carolの『Prey』。元FBIのプロファイラーで、シリアル・キラーの息子でもあるジェファーソン・ウィンターを主人公とするシリーズ作(長編3作目、中編を含めると5冊目)。以前の作品は読んだことありません。6年前に起こったカップル刺殺事件は後に容疑者が逮捕されますが、自殺してしまいます。ジェファーソンは、この事件で本当は何が起こったのかを調べてみろと謎の女性から求められます。この女性キャラがいい。なかなかのページターナーなので、ミステリー好きならお勧め。

Jefferson Winter noticed the blonde the second he stepped into the diner. She was hidden behind the pages of a newspaper at the back table, a coffee mug in front of her. Three nights running he’d be coming here and this was the first customer he had seen. The newspaper dropped and she met his gaze. There was nothing in the look. No curiosity, no smile, no invitation. The newspaper went back up as quickly as it had come down, and the moment passed.
   He pulled the door closed behind him and walked over to the counter, glad to get out of the cold. Early October in New York and the days were mostly pleasant, but the nights were starting to bite. The place was tiny, just eight tables and one guy taking the orders and doing the cooking. It was long and narrow, the tables lined up against one wall, the counter and grill along the other, a walkway in-between. The air smelled unhealthily good and was layered with grease so thick you could feel it on your skin. It was a smell that got better with every step. ‘Love Me Tender” was playing quietly on a stereo perched on a high shelf, the old Elvis song working in counterpoint to the rumble of the dying heater.

読んでみてね。

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