Posts Tagged ‘revolution’

AUS ALTEN LIEBESBRIEFEN – 伊沙 Yi Sha 《當年的情書残片》

二月 14, 2017

 

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《当年的情书残片》
伊沙

1. 咱们是
同一战壕里的战友
我亲爱的女同志

2. 在祖国上下一派
莺歌燕舞的大好形势下
你的江山如此多娇
引无数英雄竞折腰

3. 我怀着朴素的阶级感情
怀揣一颗红亮的心
想与你交流交流思想

4. 向毛主席保证
我爱你海枯石烂心不变
比爱毛主席还要爱你

5. 东风吹着你的小辫儿
你红扑扑的小脸
比红旗还鲜艳

6. 我心中潮水般汹涌
翻腾着一股小资情调
我已经等不及了

7. 亲爱的女同志
我想犯回错误
就一次

8. 此致
无产阶级文化大革命的
崇高敬礼

(1993)

yi_sha_faz_feb_2017Aus dem Buch ÜBERQUERUNG DES GELBEN FLUSSES, erschienen bei Edition FabrikTransit.

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FEAR – 李异

九月 15, 2016

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Li Yi
FEAR

In 1950
on the eve of the liberation of Hainan Island
grandpa was still in Wenchang
as a fisherman.
One time
he was out on the sea,
three days and two nights,
without any catch;
hanging his head, going back.
Suddenly
he hauled up
a sea creature just like a human.
Black everywhere all over the body,
darker than Africans,
eyes full of tears.
Grandpa
loosened the net,
let him go.
Coming home,
he told the village what happened;
everyone thought it was a bad omen.
On the same day they beat drums and gongs,
called a meeting,
banishing
grandpa.
He went back to Qiongshan, working the soil.
When I was small,
he told me this story;
he said on this world,
there were not only mer-cows and sea hogs,
there were also mer-people;
everything that lived on the land,
the sea had it all.
In 1966
grandpa was dragged up on the stage;
head smashed, a dozen shovels;
sank into the mud,
could never be found.
15 years ago
I was on the boat
leaving the island.
Stood at the railing,
stared into endless surge all around;
thinking of grandpa,
there was this idea
spinning round in my head.
Under the sea,
do they have also
a tribe of people,
living in fear?

Tr. MW, September 2016

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CLEARING THE SQUARE – 沈浩波

九月 8, 2016

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清场

沈浩波

无意中来到
天安门广场
惊讶地发现
竟空无一人
才想起今天
是六月三日
几辆警车
安静地停泊
像刚干完活儿的
除草机

2016.6.4

 

Shen Haobo
CLEARING

Accidentially
came to Tian’anmen Square.
Surprised to find
nobody there.
Then I remembered
it was June 3rd.
A few police cars
peacefully parked.
Weeding tools resting
when work is done.

6/4/1
Tr. MW, September 2016

寫政治詩歌 Poetry politics, Greater Austria and Greater China

九月 8, 2016

Mittagessen

寫政治詩歌

維馬丁

瑞士蘇黎世新報編輯說可惜他的報紙不再關心文藝,只關心輿論一類的,所以書評很少了,也不再登詩歌。就是近半年的變革。我覺得廖亦武和赫塔·米勒(Herta Müller)等等應該很適合這樣的氣氛。關心輿論應該是關心政治。廖亦武從八九年以后不能不激烈關心, 米勒從小也許也是跟廖亦武一樣終不能脫掉政治。二十一世紀得了諾貝爾德語女作家有兩位,除了米勒第二位是奧地利女作家耶利內克 Elfriede Jelinek,她也一直非常關心政治,而且也寫詩,非常好的詩,雖然寫的非常不同。米勒的詩歌是實驗性的,耶利內克寫話劇和小說用的語言是非常實驗性的。在台灣說葉利尼克,在台灣一直有人研究和翻譯她。大陸和台灣很多方面非常不同,在台灣關心政治很多就是左派,像一九三十四十年代中國詩人艾青,雖然現在台灣關心政治就是先關心台灣,其他都不能先注意它。而在大陸當代的先鋒詩歌從六十年代到現在都有地下的成分。需要獨立,需要脫掉主流社會的政治口號心態。其實我覺得詩歌,就是活性的、跟當代社會有直接關系的詩歌無論在哪裡都有地下的成分。艾青在1979年寫柏林牆就直接否定柏林牆,不管什麼左派歷史問題等等,至少從表面說好像不管。

做藝術都需要獨立的心態,一 直關心政治怎麼寫詩?不過有的人可以。布萊希特 (Brecht),還有傅立特(Erich Fried), 廖亦武2015年秋天來維也納就是參加傅立特文學節。台灣詩人鴻鴻翻譯了傅立特的詩,尤其是叫做《暴利》一首(Die Gewalt),鴻鴻在2014年三月十八在台北參加占领立法院的事件就引用這首詩。傅立特是奧地利人,還有一位著名的二十世紀奧地利詩人楊豆(Ernst Jandl) 也非常關心政治,寫得很成功。楊豆很有幽默的成分,雖然大部分作品不一定讓你笑。我翻譯伊沙就經常想到楊豆。昨天轉給一位瑞典的女博士生的這兩年廖亦武的詩歌,就重新碰到很多我這幾年關心的事情和詩歌。劉霞最好的詩歌就是2013年錄像裡的兩首一類的,像《無題》那顆樹。獨立的,不直接說什麼政治,但也許說得很直接,不能再直接。我在2011年左右那時候想讓奧地利的中國朋友翻譯米勒的詩,雖然他多半不寫新詩,寫古體詩,但是我給他解釋德語他可以翻譯成中文新詩。也許很荒謬的念頭,最后沒成功。我那時候覺得是流亡詩人貝嶺的錯,因為一直不管詩歌,從不願意給意見,只關心書怎麼出版,在台灣的小出版社。硬不關心文本。

有很多人在文學方面很喜歡只關心文本,偶爾才關心社會政治問題。我好像從來從骨子裡感覺到詩歌文藝,尤其是多語言的、跨越世界各地的文藝是革命性的,雖然革命這詞匯一直就非常可疑,魯迅AQ關心革命等等。我自己在中學時候被楊豆的詩歌振醒,這詩歌其實有很具體的奧地利和德國當代歷史內容,但他主要是實驗性的。實驗 性是它的革命性。而且是跨越語言、跨越時代的獨一無二的怪詩。把華茲華斯(William Wordsworth)的一首著名的浪漫感情詩歌說翻譯它的『表面』,其實好像只翻譯聲音,找從聲音很相似的德語詞匯就好像用德語念出英語的原文。就像奧巴馬這個中文詞匯只管聲音,跟奧巴馬三個字其他內容和用處沒關系。但其實楊豆那首詩有具體的當代歷史政治內容。只是我最早聽到就是它的荒謬,是兩三個中學生自己發現的東西,在語文課等等那時候肯定不能碰到。就是一種爵士音樂的東西。這是我寫詩的根本。關心詩歌、翻譯詩歌等等都來自於這種經驗。

菩提本无樹,明镜亦非台。十七歲左右碰到了坛經。然後開始學中文。

LAMP CORD – 侯马

四月 28, 2016

Hou Ma meeting picture

Hou Ma
LAMP CORD

Light brought by the lamp cord feels more intense;
darkness more thorough, brought by the lamp cord.
Lamp cord stands straight, even in dreams,
so that a hand might find it at the same spot in the dark.
Lamp cord makes the same movement
with opposite results,
yet knows nothing about it.
It just tries again if it was wrong.
Early on
it went through fire so there could be light,
it has a stainless steel core.
But the one cord I remember
is not that one used for a suicide.
There was one day I stretched out my hand,
and it started to sing The East is Red.

1/24/16
Tr. MW, April 2016

Hou Ma lamp cord

QINGHAI POETRY FESTIVAL 2015

八月 11, 2015

《走向世界》

青海国际诗歌节
已经买了
向世界开放的
门票
诗人们可以
统统离开
走向世界

2015.8.11

Ich Shigejie

《梦见马非当警察》

梦见马非当警察
因为在公共场所念诗歌
把我和伊沙跟一批外国诗人
统统带到警察局
进去伊沙
展示记者证
没多少用处
我们在走廊等了很久
一直到黑夜
虽然做诗歌朋友
马非不能放我们
好像不行

2015.8.10

Yi Sha mit Ma Fei

《青海湖沙丘》

安静下来
可以安静下来
沙丘它每天
都安静下来
游客们来了
游客能玩
沙丘它可以
安静下来

2015.8.8

Hou Ma Shigejie

《美国革命诗人》

“中国革命是二十世纪
最伟大的革命!”
我们生活在
二十一世纪。
这位美国诗人
还喜欢生活
在上世纪六十年代。
不知道他是否读过
上世纪初写的AQ。

2015.8.9

Meiguoren1

《坐飞机》

水不像水
白云军队
白云的阴影
好像不走
陆地上也有
白云更密
就只有云
坐飞机为特权
虽然现在很多人坐飞机
坐飞机等于你有足够的钱
或你足够重要
坐飞机快
但飞机上时间多半是你的
可以看白云
可以看电影
可以聊天、睡觉
也可以写诗
当然如果每天坐飞机
就不同。
白云不同吗?
影子不同吗?
至少聊天、写诗
大概不同。

2015.8.4.

Lake rainbow

《詩人》

诗人
比较像孩子
失去了某种
大人的成分
所以叫诗人。

2015.8.4.

Yi Sha with Goethe and rainbow

KATASTROPHE

八月 3, 2015

GASSE

Hinter dem Bahnhof das Hotel Fuchs.
Fuchsgasse hat meine Oma gewohnt.
Die Wohnung war von einem Juden.
Ihr Mann war im Krieg.
Ist im Krieg geblieben.
Eine Wohnung mit Wasser draußen am Gang.
Meine Oma mit Kind.
Sie ist fast verhungert gleich nach dem Krieg.
Läuft nackt aus dem Haus und kommt nach Steinhof.
Steinhof war ein Ort des Schreckens in Wien.
Eine schöne Kirche von Otto Wagner.
Meine Oma hat viel gearbeitet.
Der Jude ist lange noch dort gestanden.
Mariahilferstraße.
Hat hingeschaut zu seiner Wohnung.
Noch mehrere Tage.
Meine Oma wars nicht hat sie gesagt.
Niemand in der Familie.
Niemand den sie gekannt hat.
Der Jude ist tagelang noch dortgestanden.
Meine Oma hat Maria geheißen.

MW 1. August 2015

 

KATASTROPHE

maia gibt leo eine schallende ohrfeige
ich gebe maia eine schallende ohrfeige
alle weinen

MW Juli/August 2015

Vaterunser

DAS WICHTIGSTE
– für Daniel

das wichtigste war nicht das klo
das klo war wichtig und interessant
es ging um gerechtigkeit
ich hab das gedicht dann ganz übersetzt
wir haben es diskutiert
am lcb in berlin
ein workshop für übersetzer
das wichtigste war die gretchenfrage
wie hältst du es mit der religion
ich sing gerne mit
beim abendmahl bin ich gern dabei
aber ich bin nicht in der kirche
es hat sich so ergeben
ich glaube gern an die revolution
in china glaub ich nicht an die linke
an den widerstand ja
aber nicht an die linken
bevor sie nicht kacken
auf den vorsitzenden
wie hält es yi sha
mit der religion?
er glaubt an poesie
poesie macht dich zu einem besseren menschen
stimmt leider nicht immer
hab ich ihm gesagt
schau dir nur deinen papiertiger an

MW 2. August 2015

 

OSTERN

Christus starb 1944.
Christus starb 1943.
Christus starb 1942.
Christus starb 1941.
Leider auch früher
und später.
Christus starb im Holocaust.
Marc Chagall hat es gemalt.

MW 2. August 2015

TWO SONGS – 伊沙

七月 2, 2015

YI SHA

Yi Sha 《兩首歌》
TWO SONGS

my nephew from america
eric wan
spent a year in china to learn chinese
now he’s going back
he sums it up for me:
“in my year in china
I ’ve learned two chinese songs ….”
he sings them to me
oh! I know at once
the first is the national anthem
of the people’s republic
“march of the volunteers”
the second one is the song of the young pioneers
”we carry on for communism …”
he makes me laugh
I ask him,
“they made you a young pioneer?”
he says,
“I don’t know,
I got a red scarf
from our teacher”

June 2015
Tr. MW, 2015

Yi Sha 《親眼所見》
SAW IT WITH MY OWN EYES

a rainy day
a sprinkler truck
still spraying water
and with a song
one of those red
revolutionary anthems
just like a cartoon

June 2015
Tr. MW, 2015

Yi Sha painted

Yi Sha 《在北京仲夏詩歌節上》
BEIJING MIDSUMMER POETRY FESTIVAL

somehow I pity him
before and after
he reads a poem
he has to stress
his understanding of poetry
making him different
how many times I’ve heard him say
exactly the same with my own ears?
on the other hand
I put three centuries between me and him
between myself and other people
but I don’t explain that
it would be beneath me

June 2015
Tr. MW, 2015

Yi Sha painting

《两首歌》

我那生于美国的外甥
艾瑞克·万
跑来中国学一年中文
转眼就要回去了
他自我总结道:
“这一年里
我学会了两首中文歌……”
然后唱给我听
哦!我一耳朵就听出来了
第一首是中华人民共和国国歌
《义勇军进行曲》
第二首是中国少年先锋队队歌
“我们是共产主义接班人……”
把我听乐了
我问他:
“他们吸收你加入少先队了吗?”
他回答:
“我也不知道
反正老师送给我一条
红领巾”

《亲眼所见》

雨天里
一辆洒水车
还在洒水
伴奏音乐
是红歌
很卡通

《在北京仲夏诗歌节上》

他怪可怜的
每次朗诵前后
都要强调
他所理解的诗
与他人不同
这是我第N次
亲耳听他这么说了
反倒是
把他和他们
甩出三个世纪去的我
从来不说
我不屑于解释

SCH-SCH-T-TOT-T-TT-TERN – 伊沙维也纳朗诵会 – S-S-ST-T-T-TUT-T-TER-RING

五月 16, 2015
Photos and videos by Beate Maria Wörz

Photos and videos by Beate Maria Wörz

Yi Sha 《结结巴巴》
S-S-ST-T-T-TUT-T-TER-RING

m-m-my s-st-tut-t-ter-r-ring t-trap
d-d-dis-s-sab-b-bl-led c-c-cla-p-t-trap
c-c-can-n-t g-g-et a-a b-bit-te i-int-to m-my b-brain
and l-look a-at m-my l-legs

y-you-your f-f-fly-i-ing spit
y-y-your m-mildewed s-slime
m-m-my w-weary l-lungs
a-are f-f-full o-of g-grime

I n-need t-to b-b-break out
f-f-from y-y-your s-sp-pout-ting s-song
b-break o-out o-of y-your h-house

m-m-my sh-shoot-t-ting t-t-tongue
m-m-mach-chine g-g-gunn f-fire
it feels so good

i-in m-m-my s-st-tut-t-ter-ring l-life
the-there a-are n-no g-ghosts
ju-just l-llook at-t m-my f-face
I d-d-don’t c-care!

1991
Tr. MW, 2015

Yi Sha 《结结巴巴》
ST-STO-TO-TT-TERN

m-mein st-sto-to-tt-ternd-der m-mund
b-b-behind-dderter schschlund
b-b-bei-sst- s-ich wund
an m-meinem r-rasenden hirn
und m-meine b-beine –

euer t-trief-fend-der,
schschimmliger schschleim
m-meine l-lunge
i-ist m-müd’ und hin

i-ich w-will r-r-aus
aus eurem g-gross-a-artiggen rh-rhythmus
a-aus eurem h-haus

m-m-meine
sch-schp-prache
m-masch-schinengewehr-s-salven
es tut so gut

in m-meinem st-stott-ttoterndem r-reim
auf m-mein l-leben g-gibt es k-keine l-leich-chen
s-s-seht m-mich a-an
m-m-mir i-ist all-les g-gleich!

1991
Übersetzt von MW im April 2013

<結結巴巴>

結結巴巴我的嘴
二二二等殘廢
咬不住我狂狂狂奔的思維
還有我的腿

你們四處流流流淌的口水
散著霉味
我我我的肺
多麼勞累

我要突突突圍
你們莫莫莫名其妙
的節奏
急待突圍

我我我的
我的機槍點點點射般
的語言
充滿快慰

結結巴巴我的命
我的命裡沒沒沒有鬼
你們瞧瞧瞧我
一臉無所謂

1991

Photos and videos by Beate Maria Wörz

Photos and videos by Beate Maria Wörz

Yi Sha 《精神病患者》
GEISTESKRANKE

theoretisch
weiß ich nicht
wie es sich äußert
wenn eine geisteskrankheit ausbricht
ich hab nur gesehen
in diesem land
in dieser stadt
wenn ein geisteskranker loslegt
streckt er den arm hoch und bricht aus
in parolen
der revolution

1994
Übersetzt von Martin Winter 2013

《精神病患者》

從理論上講
一個精神病患者的發作
應該是怎樣的
我不知道
我只看到
在這個國家
在這座城市
一個精神病患者的發作
往往是振臂高呼
一串革命口號

1994

Yi Sha《精神病患者》
MENTAL PATIENTS

theoretically
I don’t know
how it should be
when a mental patient
suffers an outbreak
but what I have seen
in this country
in this city –
a mental patient suffers an outbreak:
up goes his arm
out come the slogans of revolution

1994
Tr. MW, 2013-2014

Photos and videos by Beate Maria Wörz

Photos and videos by Beate Maria Wörz

Yi Sha 《我想杀人》
ICH MÖCHTE JEMANDEN UMBRINGEN

ich fühle mich etwas komisch
ich will jemanden töten

oh! das war letztes jahr
herbst kroch über das laub

zwanzig todeskandidaten
am flussufer nördlich der stadt

“peng! peng!”
einer wurde aufgeschnitten

in der folgenden operation
erhielten WIR eine niere

1994
Übersetzt von MW 2012

《我想殺人》

我有點不大對勁了
– 我想殺人
噢!那是去年
在爬滿落葉的秋天
二十名死囚被押往
北郊的河灘
“砰!砰!”
其中一個被剖腹取腎
在隨後進行的手術中
移植寡人

1994

Yi Sha 《我想殺人》
I WANT TO KILL

I am feeling a little strange
– I want to kill someone
Oh! It was last year
autumn crept over the leaves
twenty death candidates lined up
at the river north of the city
„Peng! peng!“
One of them was cut open
and in the following operation
We got a kidney

1994
Tr. MW, 2015

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Yi Sha 《9/11心理报告》
9/11 AUF DER COUCH

erste sekunde mund offen scheunentor
zweite sekunde stumm wie ein holzhuhn
dritte sekunde das ist nicht wahr
vierte sekunde kein zweifel mehr da
fünfte sekunde das brennt nicht schlecht
sechste sekunde geschieht ihnen recht
siebte sekunde das ist die rache
achte sekunde sie verstehen ihre sache
neunte sekunde die sind sehr fromm
zehnte sekunde bis ich drauf komm
meine schwester
wohnt in new york
wo ist das telefon
bitte ein ferngespräch
komme nicht durch
spring zum computer
bitte ins internet
email ans mädl
zitternde finger
wo sind die tasten
mädl, schwester!
lebst du noch?
in sorge, dein bruder!

2001
Übersetzt 2013 von Martin Winter

Yi Sha
9.11 REPORT FROM THE COUCH

Ist second: mouth barn-door open
2nd second: wooden-chicken stiff
3rd second: couldn’t believe it
4th second: it must be true
5th second: what a great fire
6th second: well they deserve it
7th second: this is retribution
8th second: these buggers have guts
9th second: must be their religion
10th second: before I realize
my own little sister
lives in new york
I need a telephone
long distance call!
can’t get a connection!
I go storming for a computer
where is the internet
typing out characters
writing an email
shaky fingers
“sister, sister!
are you alive?
your elder brother is worried sick!”

2001
Tr. MW, Oct. 2014

9/11心理報告

第1秒鐘目瞪口呆
第2秒鐘呆若木雞
第3秒鐘將信將疑
第4秒鐘確信無疑
第5秒鐘隔岸觀火
第6秒鐘幸災樂禍
第7秒鐘口稱復仇
第8秒鐘崇拜歹徒
第9秒鐘感嘆信仰
第10秒鐘猛然記起
我的胞妹
就住在紐約
急撥電話
要國際長途
未通
扑向電腦
上網
發伊妹兒
敲字
手指發抖
“妹子,妹子
你還活著嗎?
老哥快要急死了!”

2001

THE SUN ALSO CRASHES

十月 23, 2014

CAM00373

FOR NOTHING

many times democrats do what is right
many republicans do what is evil

so what is the problem?

the rich getting richer
the poor getting poorer
no matter what

one-party systems lack checks and balances
they will be overthrown in the end

so what is the problem?

the rich getting richer
the poor getting poorer
no matter what

maybe this is a reason
people keep walking out of a stadium
when mr. president speaks

in the nation of football
the sun also crashes

the rich getting richer
the poor getting poorer
no matter what

some people see our ethereal bodice
if you do yoga you can be healthy

so what is the problem?

the rich getting richer
the poor getting poorer
no matter what

you can wear beautiful clothes if you like
labor is cheap somewhere in asia
there could be sun enough for your car

so what is the problem?

the rich getting richer
the poor getting poorer
no matter what

MW Vermont Studio Center, Oct. 2014

Dieses Leben: 今生:Erinnerung & Liebe 愛和記憶

十一月 3, 2012

It was great. Lai Hsiangyin 賴香吟 read part of her story about a member of a former underground movement who has to confront his own weakness when his divorced wife needs his attention. I read Julia Buddeberg’s translation. Chen Kohua 陳克華 read three poems. First came Nothing 無, very Buddhist. Then a couple of last things. The last café 最後的咖啡館. The last motel 最後的汽車旅館. Very Taiwanese kind of motel dive. Secrete details, medical details, scientific details included in all three poems. Questions and answers. Audience members asked a few questions, and we had an interesting discussion. How and why did Ms. Lai write the story? What comes first, life or politics? And so on. Students, immigrants, veterans maybe, of Taiwan politics. Chinese Studies, East Asian Studies Institute, Vienna University 維也納大學東亞文化系. Austrian PEN. Two days in Vienna. Two nights. 維也納卌八小時左右。Arriving, getting lost on the airport. Translator’s fault. Translator’s idea, the whole thing. Not lucrative. I am sorry. Not smooth. Interesting, yes. Freezing. Exhausting. Fun. Fruitful, hopefully. Thanks very much! To the organizers. Thank you! Everyone who helped us. But above all 賴香吟、陳克華多謝!辛苦你們!Liebe. Liebe und Erinnerung. 愛和記憶。Love and memory. 賴香吟小說的主要題材。維也納很適合你們。柏林也是。柏林比較像現在的台北,相當開放、國際化的。柏林非常重視記憶。維也納的過去其實比柏林可怕,因為沒有柏林那麼公開的重視記憶。

So we had Q&A. Then the encore. We had Vienna in the café, in my translation. Apocalypse. Pouring coffee, to the last. Tabori. Hitler and Freud. Is there a Freud statue? There is his private clinic. Oh well. Statues of Strauss, Beethoven. Vivaldi, very recent. With his orphan students, all girls. Musicians, composers. When Aids broke out in Taiwan, the government forbade intercourse with foreigners. As well as doing it from behind. That’s how Chen Kohua thought of the poem. As a medical man. And risk group member. No intercourse with foreigners, no sex from behind, and we’ll be fine. Right. That’s where the quotation marks in the title come from. Freud and Jelinek. Dreams of Vienna. Love and memory.

陳克華
今生

我清楚看見你由前生向我走近
走入我的來世
再走入來世的來世

可是我只有現在。每當我
無夢地醒來
便擔心要永久地錯過
錯過你,啊–

我想走回到錯誤發生的那一瞬
將畫面停格
讓時間靜止:
你永遠是起身離去的姿勢。
我永遠伸手向你。

1985

Chen Kohua
DIESES LEBEN

Du näherst dich aus meinem früheren Leben.
Ich seh’ dich ganz klar, du gehst in meine Zukunft.
In die Zukunft der Zukunft.

Aber ich hab’ nur die Gegenwart. Wenn ich
traumlos aufwache,
hab’ ich jedesmal die Sorge,
dass ich dich verpasse, für immer —

Ich möchte zurück in den Augenblick des Fehlers,
den Film anhalten,
die Zeit und das Bild:
Für immer stehst du auf, um zu gehen.
Ich streck’ dabei die Arme aus.

1985
Übersetzt von Martin Winter im November 2012

Objective

六月 13, 2011

According to Xinhua and Global Times, the newly published second volume of “History of the Chinese Communist Party” (1949-1978) is “seen as objective”.  So what’s the objective of this book? What are the objectives of this new “objective” party history? Was it written by party members? Does anyone among them, or among the people who planned, published, and distributed this book, think the PRC should evolve into something different from a one-party dictatorship/autocracy? (I find it hard to believe that many non-party members would use their own money to buy such a book. Or is it really that different? Why was it published, then?) Which major bookstores have had their sales rankings dominated by this book? Ok, the main objective seems to be seen as objective. “Experts say that objectivity, a founding principle of the CPC, was virtually banished during the late 1950s and 1960s, when “extreme leftist” thought dominated the governing ideology of the Party.” Founding principle? There must be some historians who can answer this question. Anyway, they still write their party with a capital P.

http://www.tinkin.com/arts/the-travelogue-of-dr-brain-damages/
http://www.tinkin.com/arts/the-travelogue-of-dr-brain-damages/

In Taiwan, there seems to have been pressure for change in the late 1970s and early 1980s. China was changing. Taiwan was and is still called Republic of China, but in the 1970s they lost their UN-Security Council seat to the
PRC. Because of that ping-pong tournament between Nixon, Zhou Enlai, Mao and Kissinger, or something like that. Yes, sports events have always been very important. So there was pressure on Taiwan to open up politically, to democratize. They couldn’t just go on calling themselves The Free China team. No-one was ever going to help them liberate the Mainland anyway. So the Chiang Ching-kuo administration eventually lifted martial law in 1987, and allowed real opposition. A real opposition party. In 1988 or 1989, you still had to be a Party member (GMD/KMT) to get into certain positions in Taiwan. In 1988 or 1989, even very liberal Party members still said that in 1947, maybe 200 people might have been killed after the February 28th incident, but it was an armed uprising anyway. In 1991, President Li Denghui publicly admitted that probably more than 20.000 people had been killed in 1947 by government forces, and apologized to surviving relatives.

Going back to China: If there is any real discussion about The Great Leap Forward famine, in conjunction with all the other campaigns, including the anti-rightist “movement” and the ones before and after, including the CR,
wouldn’t that mean one-party autocracy would have to be abandoned at some time? In 2011, we’re having 90 years of CCP, in addition to 45 years after 1966, the beginning of the CR. In 2009, we’ve had The Founding of a Republic (1949), and in addition 1959 (famine), 1969 (CR), 1979 and 1989 (In 1979, economic reform was ushered in under Deng Xiaoping, who prevailed over Hua Guofeng in the late 1970s, although Hua had been appointed by Mao. Does that mean Hua and Mao were part of the “‘extreme leftist’ thought [that] dominated the governing ideology of the Party” […] “during the late 1950s and 1960s”?).

The student demonstrators in 1989 explicitly stated in slogans on banners etc. that they supported the CCP. Even after they were called counter-revolutionaries in the The People’s Daily. (See the article by Su Yang 蘇陽 in the HK Xin Bao). But because protest leaders emphasized loyalty to the state, three peasants who hurled red paint at the Mao portrait at Tian’anmen were apprehended by the students and handed over to Public Security. They were from Hunan, where Mao came from. They got 17-20 years. After the massacre of June 3rd and June 4th in the streets of Beijing, who would still think that political reform would be possible under the Party?

“Objectivity” sounds rather like the 1980s. Objectivity and political reform, or at least pressure for political reform are interdependent. Any kind of national and international pressure, especially the latter. “Chinese
Communist Party seen as objective in writing its history” – doesn’t that sound like “Vatican seen as objective in writing its history”? Yan Lianke cannot publish his latest novel Four Books in mainland China, because it’s about the Great Leap Forward famine. Opposition party founder Liu Xianbin has been sentenced to another 10 years in March. He has been sentenced to 26 years since 1989. There are a few other people like him. They are not as famous as Liu Xiaobo and Ai Weiwei. And there are people in detention or in labor camps for political reasons who are not intellectuals or dissidents. Like Ai Weiwei’s cook and his driver. Anyway, would anyone call the present political and social climate in China hopeful? So what are the objectives?

Wherever I am – 鴻鴻

三月 7, 2009

Wherever I am – Hung Hung


Wherever I am, I will not be there

Whatever I said, it was not what I meant

Whatever I dream of, I am always awake

I love, but no one else, and also not you

If my heart beats wildly, it is only because

Their hearts are beating the same and without any sound –

Brides sleeping beside a stranger

Workers leaving their town behind

Students shouting on Revolution Square

And suddenly feeling bewildered

Lovers, tied up in freedom

Watch me, so I’ll be in your eyes

Kiss me, so I’ll be on your tongue

Hold me, so I can breathe in your palm

Forget me, so I may stay in your heart


2008, first published in OFF THE ROLL + 01: Lowly People

Tr. MW  2009/3


不管我在哪兒 鴻鴻


不管我在哪兒我都不在那裡

不管我說了什麼,我都是別的意思

不管我夢見什麼,我都一樣清醒

我愛,但我愛的不是別人,也不是你

如果我的心劇烈跳動,那只是因為

他們的心也跳得同樣劇烈,同樣無聲──

那些睡在陌生人身旁的新娘

那些離鄉背井的工人

那些在革命廣場上吶喊

卻突然感到茫然的學生

那些被自由束縛的情人

注視我我便在你眼裡

吻我我便在你舌尖

握緊我,我便在你手掌中呼吸

忘記我,我便永遠在你心底

2008

原載衛生紙詩刊+01:賤民


Wo ich auch sein mag – Hung Hung


Wo ich auch sein mag, ich bin gar nicht dort

Egal was ich sag, es war anders gemeint

Egal was ich träume, bin immer ganz wach

Ich liebe, doch gar niemand anderen, und auch nicht dich


Wenn mein Herz heftig pocht, dann nur weil

Ihre Herzen ebenso pochen und ebenso lautlos –

Bräute, die neben einem Fremden schlafen

Arbeiter, die in die Ferne ziehen

Studenten, die schreien

Auf dem Revolutionsplatz

Und sich verloren fühlen

Liebende, gefesselt von Freiheit


Beobachte mich, ich bin in deinen Augen

Küss mich, ich lieg auf deiner Zungenspitze

Halt mich fest, dass ich atme in deiner Hand

Vergiss mich, ich bleibe dir in deinem Herzen

2008

Aus der Zeitschrift: Off The Roll poetry + 01: Niederes Volk

Übersetzt von MW, 2009/3

See also http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/dujuan99nihon/23311339.html
and http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/dujuan99nihon/24454528.html


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