Animal Farm

中文名:
动物庄园
作者:
乔治·奥威尔 George Orwell
类型:
小说经典
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Since its publication in 1946, George Orwell's fable of a workers' revolution gone wrong has rivaled Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea as the Shortest Serious Novel It's OK to Write a Book Report About. (The latter is three pages longer and less fun to read.) Fueled by Orwell's intense disillusionment with Soviet Communism, Animal Farm is a nearly perfect piece of writing, both an engaging story and an allegory that actually works. When the downtrodden beasts of Manor Farm oust their drunken human master and take over management of the land, all are awash in collectivist zeal. Everyone willingly works overtime, productivity soars, and for one brief, glorious season, every belly is full. The animals' Seven Commandment credo is painted in big white letters on the barn. All animals are equal. No animal shall drink alcohol, wear clothes, sleep in a bed, or kill a fellow four-footed creature. Those that go upon four legs or wings are friends and the two-legged are, by definition, the enemy. Too soon, however, the pigs, who have styled themselves leaders by virtue of their intelligence, succumb to the temptations of privilege and power. "We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of the farm depend on us. Day and night, we are watching over your welfare. It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples." While this swinish brotherhood sells out the revolution, cynically editing the Seven Commandments to excuse their violence and greed, the common animals are once again left hungry and exhausted, no better off than in the days when humans ran the farm. Satire Animal Farm may be, but it's a stony reader who remains unmoved when the stalwart workhorse, Boxer, having given his all to his comrades, is sold to the glue factory to buy booze for the pigs. Orwell's view of Communism is bleak indeed, but given the history of the Russian people since 1917, his pessimism has an air of prophecy.

  《动物庄园》(Animal Farm)亦译作《动物农场》、《动物农庄》。用动物对人类抗争后自建家园来再现前苏联的整个历史情形,奥威尔的《动物庄园》被公认为二十世纪最杰出的政治寓言。《动物庄园》被译成二十多种文字在全世界流传,其中的有些语言还变成了人们的口头禅,和《1984》并称为乔治・奥威尔最重要的代表作。此版本收有小说的英文原文。
  本书以隐喻的形式写革命的发生以及革命的背叛,自然还有革命的残酷:一个农庄的动物不堪主人的压迫,在猪的带领下起来反抗,赶走了农庄主;它们建立起一个自己管理自已的家园,奉行“所有动物一律平等”的原则;两只领头的猪为了权力而互相倾轧,胜利者一方宣布另一方是叛徒、内奸;猪们逐渐侵占了其他动物的劳动成果,成为新的特权阶级;动物们稍有不满,便招致血腥的清洗;统治者需要迫使猪与人结成同盟,建立起独裁专制;农庄的理想被修正为“有的动物较之其他动物更为平等”,动物们又回复到从前的悲惨状况。明眼的读者自可看出,此书不属于人们所熟悉的那种蕴含教训的传统寓言,而是对现代政治神话的一种寓言式解构。 

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