The Photographic Record of My Childhood
The other day, in rummaging a suitcase for newspaper clippings of my essays written over forty years ago, I came upon some old objects, among them an old and enormously bulky album.
1，题目“照片上的童年”译为The Photographic Record of My Childhood,全文内容主要是追忆他的童年时代，较Photos Taken in My Childhood或My Childhood in the Photograph更加确切
2，“前些日子”即“不久前”，可译为the other day或recently
3，Rummage有“翻找”的意思，比look for 更加符合原文意思
4，“竟把…”译者用come upon表达出了原文“不期而遇”的感觉，另外“远年陈迹”即“陈年之物”，译为 old objects
The moth-eaten album contained several photos of myself taken in early childhood. I stared blankly at my little face in the faded photos, feeling as if I were reliving my childhood. But I also felt that my childhood had long been irretrievably gone and no longer belonged to me.
2，“看着褪了色的童年面容”即“看着褪色的照片上我童年的面容”译为I stared blankly at my little face in the faded photos，这里意思一定要具体清楚，否则会引起困惑
3，“似乎找到了童年的梦”可以理解为“似乎重温童年旧梦”译为feeling as if I were reliving my childhood
4，“却又觉得它早已远远离开我，再也不属于我自己，仅仅是一种无可奈何的存在而已”中的“早已远远离开我”和“仅仅是一种无可奈何的存在而已”意思上有重叠，整合意思即，即“却又觉得他早已一去不复返，已经不属于我了”译为I also felt that my childhood had long been irretrievably gone and no longer belonged to me.
My childhood, as recorded in the old photos, was at once real and unreal.
was at once real and unreal意同both real and unreal
In one of the photos, I was very little, probably just one year old. As was the custom of my native place, I had a big ornament hung on my chest as a lucky charm. The photo had been taken over half a century ago. Was it me myself in the embryonic stage of life, with my ignorant eyes on the strange world?
1，“在胸前悬垂着一块很大的’锁片’”译者按“胸前挂着一个大型饰物，以表吉祥”，译为I had a big ornament hung on my chest as a lucky charm，“挂锁片”是我国特有的习俗，也可以将其视为中国特色词汇进行翻译，译者在此将“锁片”进行宏观化并解释了用途，有利于读者理解
另 一张站着的全身照，记得是摄于三岁那年，也可能是四岁。冬天，穿着又厚又臃肿的棉袍，显得蹒跚可笑。又一张，看上去是同一时刻拍摄的。那是我和祖母的合 影。我紧紧拉着祖母的手。我从幼小时就在祖母抚育下，祖孙俩形影不离。那一年祖母不过五十三四岁。在照片上，她微微侧着脸，仿佛叮嘱我向前注视，又像是在 给我讲孟姜女万里寻夫的悲壮故事。我的祖母有讲不完的民间故事。我总觉得她有一本无字的书，书上写满了令人神往的故事，那也是我最早接触到的文学作品。
Another photo, in which I stood full-length, had been taken, I remember, when I was three or four. It was winter, and I was dressed cumbersomely in a cotton-padded thick gown, staggering ridiculously. In still another photo, probably taken at the same time, I was holding grandma by the hand. As she had been looking after me ever since I was in the cradle, we had become inseparable from each other. In the photo, she looked in her early fifties. She was turning her head slightly, as if trying to make me look ahead or telling me the tragic and moving story of Meng Jiang Nu making a long, difficult journey in search of her husband. She had an unlimited stock of folk tales to tell. I always thought her in possession of a wordless book full of fascinating stories. They became, as it were, the first literary works that I ever came into contact with in my life.
1，“我从幼小时就在祖母抚育下，祖孙俩形影不离”译为As she had been looking after me ever since I was in the cradle, we had become inseparable from each other.其中since I was in the cradle也可换为since I was a baby或since my babyhood
2,“孟姜女万里寻夫”译为Meng Jiang Nu making a long, difficult journey in search of her husband，其中译者将“万里”上升到理解的高度，译为long difficult
3,“那也是我最早接触到的文学作品”译为They became, as it were, the first literary works that I ever came into contact with in my life。其中as it were,意为“可以说”“似乎”，为文中的添加词，贴合原文语气
The background of the photos was yellowed with age and dotted with fuzzy specks. There was distinctly a big round hole in the mottled wall.
Wasn’t the round hole a circular gate? I asked myself.
Yes, it was the moon gate so familiar to me in my childhood—a fairy-tale gate!
我 出生的老屋里，厅堂前有一个石面铺砌的院子，足供我嬉戏奔跑。花砖墙跟前，并列着几只大水缸，用以承接檐下的雨落水。每一只水缸都比我高得多。我躲在水缸 后面，与小伙伴捉迷藏。院子两侧，东西相对，各有一个月洞门。为什么我总是记得那两扇大圆门呢？是因为它不同于普通的长方形门框，圆圆的像天上月宫吗？抑 或是，两扇大门之间，有一块小小的天地，曾经是我骑竹马驰骋的所在？我常常想起故乡的老屋，它充满了我童年的回忆。
I used to play on the flagstones of the courtyard in front of the hall of the old house where I had been born. Standing side by side before the tiled wall were several water vats for receiving rain water dripping from the eaves. In playing hide-and-seek with my little playmates, I would conceal myself behind one of the vats, which were taller than I was. On either side of the courtyard was a moon gate. Why did the two big moon gates always remain in my memory? Was it because they differed from ordinary rectangular gates in resembling the big round gate of the legendary palace on the moon? Or was it because of the little world between the two big gates where I used to play happily? I often think of the old house in my hometown. It brings back many, many memories of my childhood.
1，“我出生的老屋里，厅堂前有一个石面铺砌的院子，足供我嬉戏奔跑”译文中译者将主语由“院子”转换为“我”，译为I used to play on the flagstones of the courtyard in front of the hall of the old house where I had been born.使句子更加简洁
2，“花砖墙跟前，并列着几只大水缸，用以承接檐下的雨落水”译为Standing side by side before the tiled wall were several water vats for receiving rain water dripping from the eaves.摒弃there be采用倒装句，句式更灵活，表达也更生动
3，“天上月宫”译为the legendary palace on the moon
一九六0年 仲夏，我回到了阔别三十多年的故乡，回到定海城内。一天，我踏着暮色，悄悄踅入横塘弄。一条两旁厚墙夹峙的长巷，一条两旁厚墙夹峙的石板道。日影西斜，照 着长巷石板道上一幢老屋。经人指引，我登上石阶，推开虚掩的门扉。四下寂然无声。蓦地，院子两头的月洞门呈现在我眼前。依然是那两个大圆圈。只是比我回忆 中小了许多，而且显得很陈旧。儿时，我与小游伴互相追逐过的院子和厅堂，都堆满了层叠的货包。原来多年以前，老家旧宅早已改成了百货店的商品堆栈。
In the midsummer of 1960, I returned to my old home in the city of Dinghai for a short visit after a long absence of more than thirty years. One day, in the deepening twilight, I quietly stepped into Heng Tang Alley, a long flagstone alley between two towering walls. The setting sun was casting its last rays on an old house down the alley. At the direction of someone, I found my way to the house and ascended its stone steps. Its gate was left unlatched, so I pushed it open. Inside it was all quiet. My eyes suddenly fell on the moon gate on either side of the courtyard. Yes, the same two old big round holes. Only they looked much smaller than they were in my memory, and very shabby too. The courtyard and the hall where I had used to play around with my little playmates in my childhood were now heaped with sacks of goods. So my old house had long been transformed into the warehouse of a department store!
1，“仲夏”即“夏季的第二个月，即农历五月。处夏季之中”译为 the midsummer
I hesitated to move ahead, feeling perplexed and melancholy.
Perhaps I should not have returned to my hometown to see my old house and to relive my past experience. I wondered whether it had been worthwhile or not for me to revisit y old home. Everything’s gone. Everything’s changed.
The only thing that still remained was my photographic childhood. Having found some newspaper clippings of my old writings, I replaced in the suitcase the album that had seen many more winters than I. Then I carefully put back the lid on the suitcase. Memories of my childhood, together with the album, sank again to the bottom of the suitcase.
1，“我不知道是有所得抑或是有所失”译者按“我不知道此行是否值得”之意译为I wondered whether it had been worthwhile or not for me to revisit my old house.依然是摆脱了原文行文的束缚，从理解的高度来翻
2，“那一本比我生活过的年代更长久的影集”译为the album that had seen many more winters than I,winter此处意为“年代”“岁月”