HEAR THE WIND SING: Haruki Murakami

舞浜のイクスピアリで映画を観たあとは、いつも地下の丸善に寄る。村上春樹の”HEAR THE WIND SING” (『風の歌を聴け』の英語翻訳版)を見つけた。嬉しい。カフェに入り、ノンアルコールビールを飲みながら読み始めた。

HEAR THE WIND SING: Haruki Murakami, translated by Ted Goossen


この本には『HEAR THE WIND』と 『PINBALL, 1973』、それにIntroductionに『職業としての小説家』でも書かれいる、あの”『風の歌を聴け』の誕生物語”が英文で紹介されている。






The story begins on August 8, 1970, and ends eighteen days later – in other words, on August 26 of the same year.


The rat and I had spent the whole summer as if possessed, drinking enough beer to fill a twenty-five-meter pool and scattering enough peanut shells to cover the entire floor of J’s
Bar a depth of two inches. We were bored out of our skulls that summer, and surviving the only way we knew how.


”It’s because Flaubert’s already dead.”
“So you don’t read books by living writers?”
“No, I don’t see the point.”
“Why not?”
“I guess because I feel like forgive dead people,” I said.


The rat’s novel had two good things about it, First, there are no sex scenes; second, no one died.


There was a coin-sized mark the color of Worcestershire sauce below her right breast.Her delicate public hair reminded me of river grass after flood.


I was getting fed up. Something about her tone pissed me off. At the same time, though, I have to admit she was making me feel a little nostalgic.


She sighed. I could hear her lighting up a cigarette at the other end of the line. Then came the sound of Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline . She was probably phoning from work.


I do tell lies on occasion. The last time was a year ago.


We left the restaurant and strolled along tghe quiet street past the row of warehouses. It was twilight, and everything was strangely vivid. As I walked beside her, I caught the fain fragrance of her shampoo. The wind that shook the leaves of the willow trees had a trace of the end of summer. We had not been walking long when she reached down and took my hand in hers. It was the hand with five fingers.

Amazon➡Wind/Pinball: Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 (Two Novels) (Vintage International)

楽天➡Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball [ Haruki Murakami ]



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