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伟大的代价是什么?

What is the Cost of Greatness?: LEGO FAUST

Thomas Mann’s novel,
托马斯•曼的小说
Doctor Faustus: the Life of the German composer Adrian Leverkühn, Told by a Friend,
《浮士德博士:一位朋友讲述的德国作曲家阿德里安·莱韦屈恩的生平》
is based on the Faustian legend.
取材自浮士德的传说
The legend tells of a man, Johann Georg Faust,
传说讲述了一位男子 约翰·乔治·浮士德
who makes a pact with the devil
他与魔鬼结盟
to gain unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures in return for his soul.
以出卖自己的灵魂来换取无穷的知识和世俗的享乐
It seems like a bit of a dodgy deal
这似乎是个危险的交易
but Faust does it anyway and eventually he ends up being dragged away to hell.
但浮士德还是做了这笔交易 最终他身陷地狱
In Mann’s novel the Faustian character is called Adrian Leverkühn
在曼的小说中 以浮士德为原型的人物名为阿德里安·莱韦屈恩
– an extremely intellectual and creative guy
一个极聪明极富创造力的人
who is also a talented musician.
也是位才华横溢的音乐家
But this isn’t enough for Adrian
但阿德里安并不满足于此
and he strives to achieve true greatness (whatever that means).
他力求实现真正的伟大(无论那意味着什么)
In order to do so
为了达成目标
Adrian decides to sleep with a prostitute – without protection
阿德里安决定在没有安全措施的情况下 与一位妓女发生性关系
– who he knows has syphilis,
而他知道她患有梅毒
believing that the madness from the disease would make him a genius.
他相信源自疾病的疯狂会让他变成天才
He decides against medical help
他决定拒绝医治
and slowly descends into madness
并逐渐陷入疯狂
but in the process he starts to compose some absolute tunes.
但在此过程中 他开始创作一些绝对音调
It’s all going well for him. Right?
对他来说一切都很好 不是吗?
Wrong.
错了
The devil appears and tells Adrian
魔鬼出现并告诉阿德里安
that when he deliberately infected himself
当他故意使自己被感染时
he made a pact with the forces of evil.
就已经与邪恶力量缔结了盟约
This is the Faustian pact.
这就是浮士德契约
You know where this is going.
我想你知道会发生什么
Adrian gets 24 years of compositional genius.
阿德里安当了24年的作曲天才
He invents a radical new musical technique
他发明了一种颠覆性的全新音乐技巧
which has similarities with Schoenberg’s music
有点类似勋伯格的的音乐
and earns himself a prominent role in the cultural nation.
并为他在国家文化界赢得了卓越地位
The only slight catch is that he has to give up on love forever,
唯一美中不足的是 他不得不永远放弃爱情
垃圾
which is fine while Adrian’s composing
这在阿德里安作曲时还不要紧
but less fine when terrible things start happening to the people he loves.
但当可怕的事开始发生在他所爱之人身上时 就有问题了
Eventually the disease takes over his brain and he dies.
最终疾病侵占了他的大脑 夺走了他的生命
Maybe it wasn’t such a great deal after all.
也许这压根就不是一桩好交易
伟大的代价是什么?

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