„A tiny light had been lit in a cottage on Álftanes; probably someone was going out fishing. Often there was frost and frozen snow, and the ice creaked in the night. Somewhere out in the infinite distance lay the spring, at least in God's mind, like the babies that are not yet conceived in the mother's womb.“

Brekkukotsannáll (The Fish Can Sing) (1957)

Obtido da Wikiquote. Última atualização 22 de Maio de 2020. História
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Fragment 26
Numbered fragments
Original: (el) ἄνθρωπος ἐν εὐφρόνῃ φάος ἅπτεται ἑαυτῷ [ἀποθανὼν] ἀποσβεσθεὶς

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„Spring passes
and the birds cry out—tears
in the eyes of fishes“

—  Bashō Matsuo, livro Oku no Hosomichi

行く春や
鳥啼き魚の
目は泪
yuku haru ya
tori naki uo no
me wa namida
Matsuo Bashō, Narrow Road to the Interior and other writings, Boston, 2000, p. 4 (Translation: Sam Hamill)
Spring is passing by!
Birds are weeping and the eyes
Of fish fill with tears.
Matsuo Bashō, The Narrow Road to Oku, Tokyo, 1996, p. 23 (Translation: Donald Keene)
The passing of spring—
The birds weep and in the eyes
Of fish there are tears.
Donald Keene, Travelers of a Hundred Ages, New York, 1999, p. 310 (Translation: Donald Keene)
Oku no Hosomichi
Original: (ja) 行く春や
鳥啼き魚の
目は泪

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First lines (as translated by Edward Seidensticker).
Snow Country (1948)
Original: (ja) 国境のトンネルを越えると雪国であった。夜の底が白くなった。

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