Перевод с японского — Alyeris, Takajun (baka-tsuki.net) Перевод с английского — Костин Тимофей
Вашему вниманию представляется неофициальный любительский перевод первой из новелл японского писателя Насу Киноко, входящих в цикл «Кара но Кёкай» (Граница пустоты). — «Вид с высоты». Отчасти это — дань моего восхищения перед талантом этого писателя, необычного, отчасти — попытка разобраться в том, почему его тексты, такие незатейливые и даже примитивные по форме, оказывают поистине сногсшибательное воздействие. На меня, по крайней мере. Пронзительная меланхолия и тоска, отчетливое осознание смертности всего сущего в них смешиваются с тонкой романтикой и хрупкой надеждой. Откуда она берется — трудно сказать, ведь, как правило, в произведениях Насу Киноко все кончается как в жизни — то есть плохо. В первую очередь я, конечно, имею в виду «Сингецутан Цукихиме» (Легенда о лунной принцессе) — игру и аниме. Тесно связанный с ними цикл «Кара но Кёкай», который тоже недавно был экранизирован, наполнен той же атмосферой сдержанного безумия и безысходности, и к тому же необычным взглядом на проблемы восприятия реальности субъективным человеческим сознанием и своеобразным отношением к смерти. Но, поскольку оригиналом в данном случае является печатный текст, к тому же уже переведенный англоязычными подвижниками, мне захотелось попробовать передать эту атмосферу, эти ускользающие, трудноуловимые ощущения, которые я испытывал, богатыми художественными средствами русского языка — благо технически это было сделать проще, чем переводить игру.
Задача оказалась непростой: двойной перевод уже сам по себе мероприятие сомнительное, а тут ситуация осложнилась еще и тем, что текст Насу Киноко, по критическим отзывам самих же японцев, выглядит чрезмерно лаконичным, если не сказать — примитивным. Английский перевод тоже не блещет особенными художественными достоинствами, однако, судя по тому отрывку, что попал мне в руки, достаточно точно следует оригинальному японскому тексту. Я убедился, что для адекватной передачи мыслей автора русским языком в данном случае далеко отклоняться от авторского текста не потребовалось, хотя, конечно, пришлось зачастую манипулировать градусом эмоциональной напряженности — в английском тексте она была передана слишком сухо, и во многих местах просто неточно. Так или иначе, это всего лишь эксперимент, и насколько он оказался удачным, можно будет судить лишь впоследствии, когда будет закончен весь цикл — да к тому же, переведенный с японского.
Закончив работу над первой частью, я обнаружил, что оказался не единственным активным русскоязычным поклонником Насу Киноко, и на сайте baka-tsuki.net уже появился аналогичный перевод. Что нельзя не приветствовать, поскольку разный (что и естественно) подход переводчиков позволяет отчетливо выявить трудности, с которыми им пришлось столкнуться и находки, которые они смогли сделать, занимаясь этим увлекательным, благодарным и упоительным делом. В конце концов, никто бы не стал корпеть над переводами, если бы это не доставляло удовольствие, верно?
Граница пустоты Kara no Kyoukai 02 — Теория убийства
Граница пустоты 02 — Теория убийства
(Kara no Kyoukai)
Перевод с японского — Alyeris, Takajun (baka-tsuki.net)
Перевод с английского — Костин Тимофей
Верстка fb2 — Recluse http://recluse.ru/
Впервые на русском — новым психологический триллер от автора международного бестселлера «Аут», своего рода «Расёмон» в сюжетных декорациях классического нуара и современном антураже. Безымянная — но явно не слишком надежная — рассказчица повествует о своей ненавистной красавице-сестре и шокирующем выборе, который та предпочла сделать; о своей однокласснице, преуспевающей деловой женщине, сделавшей такой же выбор; и о той общей беде, что настигла их с разницей в год. Но когда голос получают сами эти «ночные бабочки» и убивший их, как полагает полиция, китайский гастарбайтер, — вот тогда читателя ждет главный сюрприз…
As he lies, bound and hidden, on the floor of his abductors' SUV, Carroll Monks is only dimly aware of the bizarre series of high-profile murders sweeping across the nation. What he thinks about instead, as they travel for hours deep into the Northern California wilderness, is that the face of one of his abductors belongsto his own son, Glenn – long estranged and living (the last Monksknew) on the streets of Seattle.
The vehicle finally stops. When Monks is untied and steps out, he sees he's been brought to a remote off-the-grid community where paramilitary training and methamphetamine make for combustible, uneasy bedfellows – and that Glenn has fallen under the spell of a disenfranchised countercultural sociopath known simply as Freeboot, who claims that a revolution "of the people" is already under way. Monks is appalled by Freeboot's violent histrionics and Manson-like affinity for the hidden messages buried within Lennon and McCartney lyrics, yet acknowledges that he hears echoes of his own feelings when Freeboot speaks about the disintegration of workers' rights, the escalating differential between the haves and the have-nots, and the slap-on-the-wrist "justice" doled out in cases of billion-dollar corporate malfeasance. Could this well-armed madman actually have his finger on the pulse of the underclass?
The reason Monks has been abducted, he soon discovers, is Freeboot's own son, a four-year-old boy who is deathly ill – a conundrum for Freeboot, whose distrust of institutional America (hospitals included) borders on the psychotic. Monks, an ER physician, has been brought in to care for the boy, but he can see immediately that the boy's condition is acute and that only immediate hospitalization will save him. When Monks's pleas fall on deaf ears, he fashions a daring escape during a snowstorm, with the young boy slung across his back – and brings the wrath of a madman down on himself and his family, culminating in a diabolically crafted "revolution" – a re-creation of Hitchcock's The Birds, but with human predators, unleashed on the town of Bodega Bay, California.
"Neil McMahon's thrillers have the precision of a surgeon's scalpel." – Michael Connelly
Late one hot summer night, a beautiful young actress named Eden Hale – only hours removed from breast-augmentation surgery, and writhing in pain – stumbles to the telephone and dials 911. Within minutes, an ambulance rushes her to San Francisco's Mercy Hospital. But by the time she arrives, she is dying, fast, of a mysterious, unrecognizable condition.
Dr. Carroll Monks, the ER physician on duty, races to sort through her baffling symptoms in the few minutes he has left to save her. Monks has a sudden insight and, against the advice of his peers, risks a radical treatment, which will prove to be either a brilliant maneuver or a potentially deadly mistake. It fails. Eden Hale, vibrantly healthy and barely twenty-five years old, is dead.
The fallout is immediate and intense. The plastic surgeon who operated on Eden – Dr. D. Welles D'Anton, whose reputation as a surgical guarantor of perfection and agelessness has conferred on him a guru-like status – blames Monks for her death. Criticism from Monks's hospital colleagues quickly follows and the threat of a lawsuit is not far behind. Monks's career is in jeopardy, but his own guilt and uncertainty are what haunt him worst of all.
Convinced there's a hidden cause to Eden's death, Monks starts to delve into her past. Despite roadblocks that spring up in his path, he soon learns that the former prom queen was not the all-American girl she seemed to be: she was caught up in the world of pornography, and was even, possibly, having an illicit affair with D'Anton. Then Monks uncovers a secret that is far more frightening: other young women in D'Anton's care have wound up missing, dead, or horribly disfigured.
In his search for the truth, Monks is drawn into a culture of unimaginable wealth and vanity – only to discover that he is being used as a pawn in a decadent game of glamour and cruelty, one that places him in the crosshairs of a deadly psychopath.
From Publishers Weekly
Literary agent Olson (of the Donadio Olson Literary Agency) moves to the other side of the desk with this gripping, intelligent first novel of art thievery, treachery and revenge. It's 1944, and a group of Greek partisans are hiding from the Germans near the village of Katarini. Their leader has put into play a scheme involving a German officer who wants to trade a cache of weapons that will be used to fight the Communists after the war for a painted icon known as the Holy Mother of Katarini. The plan goes awry, and the ancient Byzantine icon disappears, only to resurface 56 years later on the wall of a private chapel in the New York City home of a Swiss banker named Kessler. After Kessler dies, various parties-the Greek Orthodox Church, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, an elderly Greek gangster and other mysterious characters-vie to acquire the icon, which is said to posses paranormal powers. Kessler's granddaughter Ana and young Matthew Spear, an assistant curator at the Met, are swept up in the tangled plots to buy or steal the icon. The story twists back and forth between wartime Greece and the present day as the history of the icon and the men who lust for it is gradually revealed. Only the violent and inevitable end brings understanding and a measure of peace to those under the icon's spell.
In this debut thriller, the fast-paced action moves between a Greek village during World War II and the contemporary art scene in New York. There is also-no doubt with the popularity of The Da Vinci Code in mind-a patina of religious wonder shrouding the story. Two elderly friends/rivals, who fought both Communists and Nazis in Greece, are related by blood, broken dreams, and their quest to track down a religious icon, a Byzantine panel of the Virgin Mary reputed to have mystical healing powers. The grandson of one and the godson of another, Matthew Spear, is an art historian at the Met, and when the icon surfaces after the death of a collector, Matthew finds himself caught up in its deadly wake. Although both plot strands are nicely developed, it sometimes takes so long to get back to the World War II story that readers may forget who's who. Yet the evolution of the characters holds our attention, the action is gripping, and the quest for the ever-illusive icon provides just the right gossamer string to tie it all together.
Desde un puesto especial de observación en el aeropuerto JFK de Nueva York, miembros de la Brigada Antiterrorista esperan la llegada de un pasajero desde París: Asad Khalil, un terrorista libio conocido como «El León» que va a pasarse a Occidente. Todo se está desarrollando conforme a lo previsto; el avión con sus centenares de pasajeros, incluido Khalil y sus escoltas del FBI, llega puntual a su destino. Sin embargo, pronto queda claro que algo marcha mal, terriblemente mal, y que lo ocurrido en este vuelo es sólo un preludio del terror que se sucederá a continuación…
John Corey, que sobrevivió a tres heridas de bala mientras fue miembro de la policía neoyorquina, sabe que ha agotado su cupo de buena suerte. No obstante, se alista como agente contratado al servicio de la Brigada Antiterrorista del gobierno federal y es asignado a la peligrosa sección de Oriente Medio. Kate Mayfield, su compañera en esta misión, tiene mayor graduación que John y menos edad, lo que constituye una combinación desastrosa para ambos. Aun así, ella consigue mantenerse firme frente al estilo temerario de John. Ahora, Corey y Mayfield deberán unir sus fuerzas y enfrentarse a un ser sin escrúpulos, un asesino cuya maldad no tiene límites.
Herido en acto de servicio, John Corey, detective de la brigada de homicidios de la policía de Nueva York, se recupera en un pueblecito de Long Island habitado por agricultores, pescadores y, por lo menos, un asesino. Tom y Judy Gordon, una joven y atractiva pareja de biólogos conocidos de Corey, han sido hallados en su jardín con sendas balas en la cabeza. Los primeros indicios apuntan a un robo frustrado, pero el rumor de guerra bacteriológica que salpica al centro de investigación de patologías animales de Long Island hace que circule el rumor de que los Gordon se habían apoderado de una sustancia muy peligrosa. El asesinato del matrimonio se convierte en un crimen de repercusiones mundiales y Corey acaba tomando cartas en el asunto. Sus investigaciones nos conducen por tradiciones, leyendas y secretos ancestrales del norte de Long Island, a la vez que el astuto detective se ve envuelto en una trama mucho más compleja de lo que esperaba. Isla Misterio, con un ritmo trepidante y salpicada de ingeniosas pinceladas cómicas, constituye sin duda la novela más lograda de Nelson DeMille.
NYPD homicide detective John Corey has moved to Long Island, restlessly recuperating from wounds received in the line of duty when he's hired to consult on the murder of Tom and Judy Gordon, biologists who worked on Plum Island, the site of animal disease research for the Department of Agriculture. Were the Gordons murdered because they'd stolen some valuable new vaccine, or even a dreaded virus? They'd obviously outspent their income. Had they been running drugs? Corey doesn't think so, although an ice-chest missing from their home points to something forbidden. He teams up with Beth Penrose, detective, working her first homicide and their visit to Plum Island reveals only that the FBI CIA have sanitised the place. Then Corey falls in with Emma Whitehouse, an expert on Captain Kidd's lost treasure which is thought to be buried nearby… PLUM ISLAND is a thrilling novel from an author of consummate page-turning skill. This is the title that knocked John Grisham off the top of the US bestseller lists and held the No.1 spot for five weeks.
After twenty-five years of working in the shadowy world of espionage Keith Landry is on his way home. Driving along the highway, humming a few bars of 'Homeward Bound', the twenty-five years' service he has given the US government are fast becoming a distant memory.
He is safe. He is alone. And life has never felt sweeter as the signs for hometown Spencerville come into view.
Keith Landry has promised himself no more violence, no more death. But a chance meeting with childhood sweetheart Annie Baxter makes it a promise he cannot keep.
As passion is rekindled between them, jealousy flares. For Annie is married to a violent and sadistic bully: the man who runs Spencerville, Sheriff Baxter. And he won't tolerate any man near his wife. Especially Keith Landry.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille delivers the long-awaited follow-up to his classic novel The Gold Coast.
When John Sutter’s aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, ten years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant. Taking up temporary residence in the gatehouse of Stanhope Hall, John finds himself living only a quarter of a mile from Susan who has also returned to Long Island. But Susan isn’t the only person from John’s past who has re-emerged: Though Frank Bellarosa, infamous Mafia don and Susan’s ex-lover, is long dead, his son, Anthony, is alive and well, and intent on two missions: Drawing John back into the violent world of the Bellarosa family, and exacting revenge on his father’s murderer – Susan Sutter. At the same time, John and Susan’s mutual attraction resurfaces and old passions begin to reignite, and John finds himself pulled deeper into a familiar web of seduction and betrayal. In THE GATE HOUSE, acclaimed author Nelson Demille brings us back to that fabled spot on the North Shore – a place where past, present, and future collides with often unexpected results.
April 1986: American F-111 warplanes bomb the Al Azziyah compound in Libya where President Gadhafi is residing. A 16-year-old youth, Asad – Arabic for "lion " – loses his mother, two brothers and two sisters in the raid. Asad sees himself as chosen to avenge not only his family but his nation, his religion and the Great Leader – Gadhafi. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
Twelve years later, Asad arrives in New York City, intent on killing all five surviving pilots across America who participated in the bombing, one by one. John Corey – from the international bestseller PLUM ISLAND – is no longer with the NYPD and is working for the Anti-Terrorist Task Force. He has to stop Asad's revenge killings. But first he has to find him.
A thrillingly entertaining read from a master storyteller.
Welcome to the Custer Hill Club-a men's club set in a luxurious Adirondack hunting lodge whose members include some of America's most powerful business leaders, military men, and government officials. Ostensibly, the club is a place to relax with old friends. But one fall weekend, the club's executive board gathers to talk about the tragedy of 9/11-and finalize a retaliation plan, known only by its codename: Wildfire. That same weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead. Soon it's up to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield to unravel a terrifying plot that starts with the Custer Hill Club and ends with American cities locked in the crosshairs of a nuclear device. Corey and Mayfield are the only ones who can stop the button from being pushed, and global chaos from being unleashed…
In 1971, the state of Minnesota was rocked by the 'Butcher Boy' incident, as coverage of a family brutally murdered by one of their own swept across newspapers and television screens nationwide.
Now, in present-day New Orleans, Polly Deschamps finds herself at yet another lonely crossroads in her life. No stranger to tragedy, Polly was a runaway at the age of fifteen, escaping a nightmarish Mississippi childhood.
Lonely, that is, until she encounters architect Marshall Marchand. Polly is immediately smitten. She finds him attractive, charming, and intelligent. Marshall, a lifelong bachelor, spends most of his time with his brother Danny. When Polly's two young daughters from her previous marriage are likewise taken with Marshall, she marries him. However, as Polly begins to settle into her new life, she becomes uneasy about her husband's increasing dark moods, fearing that Danny may be influencing Marshall in ways she cannot understand.
But what of the ominous prediction by a New Orleans tarot card reader, who proclaims that Polly will murder her husband? What, if any, is the Marchands' connection to the infamous 'Butcher Boy' multiple homicide? And could Marshall and his eccentric brother be keeping a dark secret from Polly, one that will shatter the happiness she has forever prayed for?
Award-winning author Nevada Barr reveals another side to her remarkable storytelling prowess with this heart-wrenching yet tender tale of two women whose boundless devotion to each other is continually challenged in nineteenth century America.Award-winning author Nevada Barr reveals another side to her remarkable storytelling prowess with this heart-wrenching yet tender tale of two women whose boundless devotion to each other is continually challenged in nineteenth century America.
During a grizzly bear research project in Glacier Park, one terrifying night, a bear finds the research team. By morning, the camp is in ruins and a few hours later, the body of a camper is discovered. Anna's search for what, or who, is responsible stretches her resources to the limits.
From Publishers Weekly
An all-star lineup of 13 women mystery authors has produced one madcap, murderous tale in the same serial fashion as Naked Came the Manatee (1996). To some extent, position determines each contributor's role, but each author has ample opportunity to display her unique talents. Nevada Barr, who leads off, deserves credit for introducing heroine Caroline Blessing; her surprising mother, Hilda Finch; and several more of the zany inhabitants of Phoenix Spa, snuggled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. J.D. Robb, in the number two spot, wastes no time shifting the plot into gear with the murder of the spa's flamboyant owner, Claudia de Vries. Those who follow (Nancy Pickard, Lisa Scottoline, Perri O'Shaughnessy, J.A. Jance, Faye Kellerman, Mary Jane Clark, Marcia Talley, Anne Perry, Diana Gabaldon and Val McDermid) each get a crack at muddying the waters or putting a new spin on an already dizzy character or in some cases, adding a new victim to the growing pile. Lucky 13 Laurie King dazzles by weaving a prettily finished quilt from the motley patches created by her comrades. Readers will relish the resulting comic soap-opera murder mystery, taking especial pleasure in watching these pros deftly recast a scene, a clue or a character to keep the story rollicking along. (Aug. 13)Forecast: Together these women command a huge fan base, and if enough of them are willing to promote, this collaborative effort could rack up strong sales.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
The promise of discretion and pampering-and a long-overdue reconciliation with her mother-draws Caroline Blessing, the young wife of a newly-elected Congressman, to the fancy Phoenix Spa. But after her first night in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Caroline wakes to find the rich and famous guests in turmoil and under suspicion: the spa's flamboyant and ambitious owner has been murdered. As the secrets come out-and the body count rises, can Caroline keep herself from becoming the next victim?
Anna Pigeon’s first case—this is the story her fans have been clamoring for… this is where it all starts.
In The Rope, the latest in Nevada Barr’s bestselling novels featuring Anna Pigeon, Nevada Barr gathers together the many strings of Anna’s past and finally reveals the story that her many fans have been long asking for. In 1995 and 35 years old, fresh off the bus from New York City and nursing a broken heart, Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, Anna goes hiking into the park never to return. Her co-workers think she’s simply moved on—her cabin is cleaned out and her things gone. But Anna herself wakes up, trapped at the bottom of a dry natural well, naked, without supplies and no clear memory of how she found herself in this situation.
As she slowly pieces together her memory, it soon becomes clear that someone has trapped her there, in an inescapable prison, and no one knows that she is even missing. Plunged into a landscape and a plot she is unfit and untrained to handle, Anna Pigeon must muster the courage, determination and will to live that she didn’t even know she still possessed to survive, outwit and triumph.
For those legions of readers who have been entranced over the years by Park Ranger Anna Pigeon’s strength and determination and those who are new to Nevada Barr’s captivating, compelling novels, this is where it all starts.
Fleeing New York to find refuge as a ranger in the remote backcountry of West Texas, Anna Pigeon stumbles into a web of violence and murder when fellow park ranger Sheila Drury is mysteriously killed and another ranger vanishes.
In bestseller Barr’s chilling 14th mystery thriller to feature National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon (after 2005’s Hard Truth), Anna joins the team of Winter Study, a research project intended to study the wolves and moose of Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park, the setting for 1994’s A Superior Death. Complicating the study is Bob Menechinn, an untrustworthy Homeland Security officer assigned to shadow the research. Crowded into inhospitable lodgings and persecuted by unrelenting cold, Anna is far from her comfort zone as nature turns awry with a series of bizarre events. The team stumbles upon the tracks – and the mutilated victim – of a preternaturally large, unidentified beast, and local packs of wolves descend on human-populated areas, a behavior out of step with their species. The campfire legends of youth metastasize into adult fears as Anna must piece together a connection between these anomalies while guarding herself from the strangers around her. Barr’s visceral descriptions of the winter cold nicely complement the paranoia that follows the appearance of the mythic monsters at play.
They are three very different women: Zoe, the pretty blonde schoolteacher; Jenny, the former hand model turned model mother and wife; and Nadia, the free spirit who entertains at children’s parties. But when they are targeted by a sexual predator, they become sisters closer than kin. Suddenly they share the same dread when they approach their doorsteps, fall victim to the same rising panic as darkness falls. For someone is watching them, learning them better than they know themselves. And when the gruesome threats begin to escalate, each woman faces a horrifying truth: No one is coming to the rescue, not even the police. Stalked by an unknown killer, each can count only on herself, and do whatever it takes to survive.