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《达芬奇密码》续作

2009-09-24 18:48网络综合

伦敦的一家书店内,顾客正在排队购买丹•布朗的最新力作《失落的符号》。
  读者翘首期盼已久的《失落的符号》终于面世了,这是丹布朗继2003年销量过百万的《达芬奇密码》之后的又一力作。当然,你不必非在阅读中把自己想象成一名 “共济会会员”,尽管说那样做也无伤大雅。

  The wait`s over. The Lost Symbol, the follow-up to Dan Brown`s 2003 mega-seller The Da Vinci Code, is here. And you don`t have to be a Freemason to enjoy it (although it wouldn`t hurt).

  与 2000年推出的《天使与魔鬼》及《达芬奇密码》一样,在《失落的符号》一书中,丹布朗笔下精力充沛的主角罗伯特?兰登肩负了破解谜团、解析画中秘密、揭开尘封历史的任务。尽管他本人遭到影子部队的追杀,最亲近的朋友和导师也遭神秘杀手劫持,最终兰登还是找到了共济会的传奇宝藏。

  Like Angels and Demons, published in 2000, and The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol solves puzzles, analyzes paintings and reveals forgotten histories – all so that Brown`s tireless hero, Robert Langdon, can find a legendary Masonic treasure. All this in spite of the fact that special soldiers are dogging his trail and a weird killer has kidnapped his dear friend and mentor.

  在丹布朗三部曲推出之后,人们仍心存疑问。

  There is one mystery, though, that remains unsolved after three books.

  接下来,兰登先生是否要休息一下?

  Will Langdon ever take a rest?

  兰登先生同其他哈佛大学教授一样——每天早晨研磨咖啡豆,试图说服那些百无聊赖的学生去欣赏周遭世界中隐含的意义。但同时,他又是梵蒂冈反物质大爆炸以及巴黎大搜捕中的幸存者,并且揭开了关于圣杯的真相。

  Like any average Harvard professor, Langdon grinds coffee beans in the morning and tries to persuade bored undergrads to appreciate hidden meanings in the world around them. But he`s also the guy who survived an anti-matter explosion at the Vatican and a Paris manhunt and uncovered the truth about the Holy Grail.

  显然,主人公不会就此销声匿迹。兰登精通宗教仪式及蕴含其中的神秘含义。即使是在最混乱的情况下,他还是能够找出那些常人看不到的,至关重要的联系。

  The answer, then, to the question about his taking a rest is clearly "no". Langdon is a master of rituals and their mysterious meanings. He finds crucial connections that other people cannot see, even in the most chaotic situations.

  小说一开始,兰登即受好友和共济会高阶会员彼得?所罗门之邀,前往国会大厦发表演讲。然而,在进入大厅的那一刻,兰登发现根本没有什么演讲会。他看到了所罗门先生的断手,上面纹有共济会标志,正好指向一幅创作于1865年,以异教神祇面目出现的乔治?华盛顿肖像。兰登大骇,旋即认出眼前的恐怖图景,正对应着昔日的“神秘之手”。他意识到这是一个上天安排的邀请。

  Consider an early incident in The Lost Symbol. Langdon arrives in Washington, DC. He`s been invited by his wealthy friend Peter Solomon, a high-ranking Mason, to deliver a speech in the Capitol building. The moment he enters the hall, however, Langdon discovers there will be no speech. He finds a severed hand (Solomon`s) marked with Masonic symbols, pointing to an 1865 painting of George Washington depicted as a pagan god. This is certainly terrible. But Langdon recognizes that the horrible object resembles something called "the Hand of the Mysteries". It is a sacred invitation.

  邀请背后的主使者自称“玛拉卡”(希伯来文中的“天使”之意),类似于《达芬奇密码》中那个特立独行,狂热怪异的恶棍僧人赛拉斯。他是一个肌肉发达,身上布满纹身的阉人,正苦寻一座神秘的共济会金字塔。传说中,这座金字塔蕴藏着变换的神力。

  The person behind the invitation calls himself Mal`akh (Hebrew for "angel"), a villain as unique, zealous and bizarre as the monk Silas in The Da Vinci Code. He`s a muscled, tattooed eunuch who`s looking for a hidden Masonic pyramid. According to the legend, the pyramid contains transformation powers.

  如同《达芬奇密码》中的密码筒一样,在兰登全力追凶之时,一件古董帮了他的忙。在此过程中,或敌或友的众多人物也纷纷登场,其中包括华盛顿国家大教堂的瞎子牧师和英明果敢的中情局安全处主任。

  Like the "cryptex" in The Da Vinci Code, an antique helps Langdon on a hunt across the city. It`s a hunt where he`s helped – and hindered – by many characters, including the blind dean of Washington`s National Cathedral and the wise director of the CIA`s Office of Security.

  丹布朗三部曲的读者对这一切都将感到十分熟悉。

  All of this is going to feel very familiar to readers of the previous Langdon books.
漫画《微笑的丹?布朗》  当年,《达芬奇密码》曾创下了超过8000万册的销量。丹布朗对于耶稣以及圣母玛利亚的全新看法,也曾引得众议纷纷。但看过《失落的符号》一书后,读者们很难对华盛顿共济会进行争论。《失落的符号》更像是乘坐过山车——害怕,好玩,然后戛然而止。

  The Da Vinci Code sold more than 80 million copies. It triggered hot debates over Brown`s radical vision of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. But it`s hard to imagine anyone, after reading The Lost Symbol, debating about Freemasonry in Washington, DC. The Lost Symbol is more like the experience on any roller coaster: thrilling, entertaining, then it`s over.

  当年,《达芬奇密码》曾创下了超过8000万册的销量。丹布朗对于耶稣以及圣母玛利亚的全新看法,也曾引得众议纷纷。但看过《失落的符号》一书后,读者们很难对华盛顿共济会进行争论。《失落的符号》更像是乘坐过山车——害怕,好玩,然后戛然而止。

  The Da Vinci Code sold more than 80 million copies. It triggered hot debates over Brown`s radical vision of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. But it`s hard to imagine anyone, after reading The Lost Symbol, debating about Freemasonry in Washington, DC. The Lost Symbol is more like the experience on any roller coaster: thrilling, entertaining, then it`s over.

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