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AUF WIEDERSEHEN, TAIWAN! 又說再見了! GOODBYE TAIWAN!

十二月 2, 2016

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GOODBYE TAIWAN!

These few days in Taiwan
meeting so many friends,
very precious time.
It has been almost 30 years
since I first was in Taiwan.
These few days we’ve met many authors
and fellow translators.
We also met the poet Hung Hung.
There are people in Taiwan
who meet Hung Hung every day,
and even Le Tian,
Hung Hung’s little child.
Le means to laugh, Tian is the sky.
Last night Le Tian got to meet me.
Holding him
was like holding my children
ten years ago.
We lived in Beijing, where they were born.
Tonight I am leaving Taiwan.
What if I could stay?
Nowadays in a few ways
Taiwan is doing better than Austria.
No resurgent Rightists.
First female president,
some social progress.
Very clear progress
since thirty years ago.
Taiwan is doing better right now
than Europe and USA.
Maybe like Canada,
although Taiwan is rather small.
Half the size of Austria.
But to be able to face your history,
to induce progress in your society,
these things are very precious indeed.
Please take care!
Hope we meet again soon!

MW November 2016

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AUF WIEDERSEHEN, TAIWAN!

die paar tage in taiwan
waren so voller freunde,
sehr, sehr kostbare tage.
manche freunde kenn ich fast 30 jahre.
autoren, autorinnen hab ich getroffen,
übersetzerinnen und übersetzer,
am letzten abend den dichter hung hung.
ein paar menschen in taiwan
treffen hung hung jeden tag,
und sogar lö tiän, seinen sohn.
lö tiän bedeutet den himmel anlachen.
gestern hat der kleine mich angelacht.
lö tiän im arm halten ist wie vor jahren
meine kleinkinder halten,
vor zehn jahren in peking.
heute abend verlasse ich taiwan.
und wenn ich bleiben könnte?
taiwan geht es heute in mancher hinsicht
besser als österreich.
keine rechtsextremen im höhenflug,
die erste frau an der spitze,
fortschritte in der gesellschaft.
große fortschritte, in vieler hinsicht
auf jeden fall in 30 jahren.
heutzutage gehts taiwan besser
als der usa und europa,
vergleichbar mit kanada, eventuell,
obwohl taiwan recht klein ist.
halb so groß wie österreich.
deiner geschichte ins gesicht schauen können,
in deiner gesellschaft fortschritt erzeugen
sind sehr, sehr kostbare dinge.
passt auf euch auf, liebe freunde!
auf ein baldiges wiedersehn!

MW November 2016

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又說再見了!

 

這几天在台灣
碰到很多朋友
非常難得。
有的認試快三十年了。
這几天碰到很多作家
很多譯着同事
還碰到詩人鴻鴻。
在台灣有人
天天碰到鴻鴻
也碰到楽天
鴻鴻的小兒子。
昨天楽天碰到我。
抱着他像十年前
抱着自己的孩子。
那時候在北京。
今天晚上我離開台灣。
如果能留下會怎麽様?
台灣目前有些方面
比奥地利好。
没有崛起的右派。
有第一位女總统,
社會有一些進步。
總共很多方面
比三十年前進步蠻大了。
目前台灣好像比歐洲美国都好,
也许有點像加拿大,
雖然台灣很小,
半個奥地利面積。
能够面對自己的歷史,
能够促進社會改造
都非常難得的。
請朋友多保重!
希望早點再見!

2016.11.21

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TAIWAN WHITE AS SNOW

十一月 13, 2016

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TAIWAN WHITE AS SNOW

white as snow

very much white as snow
probably very cold
makes me want to go skiing
and they’re floating in a most peculiar way
and the clouds look very different today
wish maia could see this
we will be landing in taipei soon
next year or so it will be thirty years
since I first came to taiwan
my children are the very best thing
I have ever achieved
they are born in beijing
maia was born in 2002
leo in 2005
we lived in china till 2008
wish I could bring them
they speak chinese
I studied chinese and so I came here
and discovered taiwan was very different
from what they told you
dissidents still in jail
or stuck in exile
the massacre of 1947
still not acknowledged
many demonstrations in 1989
one guy burned himself
didn’t notice that very much
but the massacre in beijing
was the one thing
I read about all the time
my chinese got much better
I had read some bei dao,
shu ting and so on, misty poets
fall and winter, news from europe
finally miracles, and rather peaceful
except in romania
some day we’ll bring the kids to taiwan
long as taiwan still stands
long as austria stands
as long as we can

MW November 2016

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HALLOWEEN IN BUDAPEST 卍靈節在布达佩斯

十一月 2, 2016

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HALLOWEEN IN BUDAPEST

Halloween in Budapest
Do you need to call out the ghosts?
Do you need to call out the ghosts?
In Parliament
Brightly lit along the Danube
Do you need to call out the ghosts?
In Vienna
In Budapest
In many cities
Many, many towns
thousands of towns
thousands of thousands
brightly lit along the Danube
Dohany Synagogue
Greatest in Europe
Status Quo Synagogue
By Otto Wagner
On Rumbach Street
Actually many buildings are left
All over Europe
Yes, there are Jews
In Budapest
Yes, there are people
Do we need to call out the ghosts?
Everyone knows
Along the Danube
Behind the Parliament
Greatest in Europe?
It’s very big
Behind the Parliament
Along the Danube
They lined them up
Several places
Along the Danube
Just a few months
Hungarian Fascists
Finally able
1944
Fall ’44
German troops everywhere
Last few months of the war
Until the first month of ’45
Here in this city
Everyone knows
Hungarian Fascists
Established the ghetto
They passed laws against Jews
In Parliament
In 1920
Basically everyone knows
1944
Hundreds of thousands
in a few months
Around 600,000
Killed in Auschwitz
Along the Danube
Behind the Parliament
Several places
Szabadsag ter
On Freedom Square
There’s a new monument
For the victims
It says
German occupation
Doesn’t say that in German
Doesn’t say that in English
Any other language
For the victims
Only these words
Even in Hebrew
Only the victims
Victims of German occupation
Written in Hungarian
Only in Hungarian
Erected in secret
Protests from the beginning
Pebbles, chairs,
a few wires, photos
pebbles with names
and so on
Everyone knows
Over 300 Million
Hungarian money
Erected in secret
Law passed in Parliament
December 31st, 2013
Protests from the beginning
Szabadsag ter
Liberty Square
Halloween in Budapest
Do you need to call out the ghosts?
There are people enough
In Budapest
In many cities
Many, many cities
Towns and cities
All over Europe
Brightly lit along the Danube
Everyone knows
Actually many buildings are left
All over Europe
Halloween in Budapest
Do we need to call out the ghosts?
Everyone knows
Halloween is for kids
We have kids in Vienna
Kids like to dress up
For Halloween
Let them have fun
Nothing wrong
Halloween
My daughter knows
Austrian Fascists
Ghosts are alive
Zombies are real
Wish it was all
Pumpkins for kids
Halloween in Budapest
Greatest town
Along the Danube
Since Roman times
Basically
Everyone knows

MW October 31st, 2016

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28. FEBRUAR – 鴻鴻 Hung Hung

二月 29, 2016

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Hung Hung
28. FEBRUAR

Dieser Monat
ist kürzer als alle anderen Monate.
Ungefähr zwei, drei Tage.

An diesem Tag
ist der Monat zu Ende.
Früher als in allen anderen Monaten.

An diesem Tag
gingen viele Menschen
zu früh in die Nacht.
Und mit diesem Tag war es noch nicht zu Ende.

Unterbrochen
von Schüssen,
von Weinen.
Begraben unter der Asche.
Darüber lauter Asphalt.

Jedes Jahr
bittet jemand für diesen Tag um Verzeihung.
Jedesmal weiß man nicht für wen.

Jedes Jahr
genießen alle den Feiertag.
Eilen auf dem Asphalt,
gehen ins Kino.
Gehen in Restaurants,
empfohlenen im Internet.
Stehen Schlange, um Frühlingskleider zu kaufen.

Eine Statue wird verhüllt.
Niemand weiß, ob der Kopf
Reue zeigt oder grinst.

Vor vielen Jahren an diesem Tag
klang ein Lied aus dem Trichter.
78 Umdrehungen,
ein Lied vom Duft in der Nacht.
“Nacht ist Tag, Tag ist Nacht.
Im Finstern leben, wie kommt man zutag…”

Übersetzt von MW im Februar 2016

 

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鴻鴻

 

這個月
比其他月份
都短少兩到三天

這一天
比其他月份
都提早來到終點.

這一天
許多人
都提早見到黑夜
但這一天來不及結束 .


被槍聲打斷
被哭聲打斷
被埋在灰燼底下
上面鋪滿柏油 .

每一年
都有人為這一天道歉
但從不知為誰道歉 .

每一年
大家都歡度這一天
踩在柏油上
去看電影
吃PTT介紹的餐廳
排隊買換季新品 .

銅像被蓋上布袋
沒有人知道
他在懺悔或竊笑 .

多年前的這一天
78轉的留聲機唱片
曾這麼唱著
有誰依稀記得:

「夜做日 日做暝
黑暗過日 按怎出頭天…」

*所引為日治時期台語歌〈夜來香〉,作詞者為陳達儒。


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