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【絵本】Elfwyn's Saga / David Wisniewski
2013年11月25日 (月) | 編集 |
David Wisniewski01Elfwyn's Saga
(1990/09/19)
David Wisniewski

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語数:1800(概算:作者によるあとがきを含む)

Outraged that the Hidden Folk have favored
Anlaf Haraldsson with the greenest valley in the North,
Gorm the Grim lays a curse on Anlaf and all his line.
Because of the curse, Anlaf’s daughter, Elfwyn, is born bind.
But through she cannot see, Elfwyn is blessed
by the Hidden Folk.
Her grace, her knowledge, and her astonishing ability
to “see” without sight astonish everyone
--- until Gorm returns with a gift even more menacing
than his curse.
David Wisniewski has drawn from Icelandic history and
legend to weave this tale of good and evil, and his
cut-paper illustrations are as spellbinding as his story.
扉の紹介文より引用

spellbinding :魔法にかかったように興味をひきつけ、持ち続ける
        (attracting and holding interest as if by a spell)



アイスランドに伝わる伝説をもとにしたお話です。

呪いのため盲目で生まれたElfwyn。
隠された人々の祝福により盲目でも見ることが
出来ているような能力に恵まれた娘に育ちます。
そこに宿敵が贈りものを持ってきて。。。

本の最後に作者によるバイキングの歴史が書かれています。


【絵本】Rain Player / David Wisniewski
2013年11月22日 (金) | 編集 |
Rain PlayerRain Player
(1995/09/18)
David Wisniewski

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語数:1246

A year of terrible drought, the charts and calendars proclaim.
The people resign themselves to starvation --- all except Pik,
a young ball player. Pik stakes their survival on a game of
pok-a-tok. If he loses, however, all will be lost.
The ancient Maya believed that the future was divinely decreed
and could not be changed. The Maya civilization is the setting
for this dramatic original tale of a boy who challenges the
traditional belief system by taking his fate
--- and his people’s --- into his own hands.
Maya art and architecture were the inspiration for
David Wisniewski’s inimitable cut-paper illustrations.
扉の紹介文より引用

proclaim : 宣言する
resign oneself で :〔運命などを〕甘受する
divinely : 神の力で
decreed : 特に命令や指令によって決定、または制定される
       (fixed or established especially by order or command)
inimitable : 独特な


David Wisniewskiの世界の伝説シリーズの一冊。
マヤに伝わる伝説です。

干ばつに苦しむ国を救うために神と戦う少年の話。
戦いは古代マヤで行われていたという、手と足を使わずに
ボールを輪の中に入れるバスケットとサッカーを兼ねたような
スポーツpok-a-tokで行われます。
人間と同じく干ばつに苦しむ森と空に住むものの助けを借りて、
いよいよ戦いが始まります。

本の最後にマヤ文明についてのかなり詳しい解説がついています。

2012年世界が滅びなくてよかったですね☆
マヤ歴でいうと新たな時代が始まりました。

【絵本】Golem 土でできた大男ゴーレム / David Wisniewski
2012年03月08日 (木) | 編集 |
Golem (Caldecott Medal Book)Golem (Caldecott Medal Book)
(1997/04/11)
David Wisniewski

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語数:1461

翻訳版:
土でできた大男ゴーレム―チェコの民話

1580年、プラハのユダヤ人を守るためにラビ・レーヴにより作られた
ゴーレム(Golem : Hebrew word for “shapeless mass.”)伝説を
ベースにした切り絵による絵本。

すごい迫力で伝説が語られていきます。

Some four hundred years ago, according to legend,
a revered Jewish teacher and scholar, Rabbi Loew,
shaped a giant man of clay – a golem – and brought him to live.
The golem’s task was to vanquish those who
persecuted the Jews of Prague,
and he performed it almost too well.
 Retold from traditional sources and accompanied
by masterly cut-paper illustrations,
Golem is a dramatic tale of supernatural forces
invoked to save an oppressed people.
It offers a thought-provoking look at the consequences
of unleashing power beyond human control.
解説文より

Within the beautiful city of Prague,
fierce hatreds have raged a thousand years.
People of differing beliefs in god and
nation have clashed violently here;
Czech against German, Protestant against Catholic,
Christian against Jew.
 In the yeas 1580, the Jew of Prague were bearing
the ignorant fury of others.
Enemies had accused them of mixing the blood
of Christian children with the flour and water of matzoh,
the unleavened Passover bread.
This “Blood Lie” incited angry mobs to great cruelty
against the Jews.
Penned in their walled ghetto, forbidden the use of weapons
or the protection of law,
the Jews could do nothing to stop the vicious falsehood.
本文より

最後に添付された A Noteに、中世の神秘主義からユダヤ人の歴史まで
わかりやすくまとめてあって、とても興味深かったです。

The city was filled with alchemists and necromancers,
many of them on the payroll of Emperor Rudolf II.
Fascinated by the supernatural ambiance,
emperor had moved his residence from Vienna to Prague.
He actually met with Rabbi Loew on February 23, 1592,
possibly to discuss political matters or the virtues of astrology.
A Noteより

コールデコット賞受賞作。