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2012/06/07

【訃報】レイ・ブラッドベリ

レイ・ブラッドベリ
2012年6月6日にio9.comが伝えるところによると、レイ・ブラッドベリが亡くなった模様。

つつしんでご冥福をお祈りします。

R.I.P. Ray Bradbury, Author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles

Ray Bradbury — author of The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and many more literary classics — died this morning in Los Angeles, at the age of 91.

We've got confirmation from the family as well as his biographer, Sam Weller.

His grandson, Danny Karapetian, shared these words with io9 about his grandfather's passing: "If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him, and I look forward to hearing everyone's memories about him. He influenced so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it's always really touching and comforting to hear their stories. Your stories. His legacy lives on in his monumental body of books, film, television and theater, but more importantly, in the minds and hearts of anyone who read him, because to read him was to know him. He was the biggest kid I know."

Karapetian added:

If you're looking for any single passage to remember him by, I just picked up my copy of The Illustrated Man, my favorite of his books. The introduction is entitled "Dancing, So As Not to Be Dead," and there are some great lines about death. My favorite:    

"My tunes and numbers are here. They have filled my years, the years when I refused to die. And in order to do that I wrote, I wrote, I wrote, at noon or 3:00 A.M.    

So as not to be dead."    

I'm an actor, something he was always been really proud of, and told me once, after getting cast in a play. "You're living out my life! You're doing everything I wanted to do but couldn't!" He was such a driving force in my life, but what always fascinated me were his impact on others. How his stories lifted people up and saved them from lonely summers. Who among us was never buried deep in a Bradbury story, lost in his meticulously yet effortlessly crafted metaphor?

大変なショックです。

一人の作家が亡くなっただけなのではなく、月並みな表現ですが、大切だった何かが終わってしまったような気がします。

わたしにとってのブラッドベリは、SFから文学へのそして叙情的な詩歌のような分野への架け橋のような作家だったような気がします。

ご冥福をお祈りします。

冒頭の写真は、2007年に撮影されたレイ・ブラッドベリのロサンゼルスの自宅。なんだか面白そうなものがいっぱい写っていますね。

また、レイ・ブラッドベリの訃報に接しスティーヴン・キングを含む多くの著名人がコメントを発している。

Spielberg, Lindelof, Stephen King and Others Remember Ray Bradbury

キングのコメントを引用する。

Stephen King, in a statement, noted Bradbury’s prolific output and praised the power of his works. “The sound I hear today is the thunder of a giant's footsteps fading away. But the novels and stories remain, in all their resonance and strange beauty."

今日わたしは巨人が去っていく、まるでいかづちのような跫を聞いた。
しかしそのいかづちの共振たる彼の作品群は、奇妙な美しさを伴って永遠に輝き続けるだろう。(超意訳:tkr)

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