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Ernest Hemingway's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
2013-08-26     (Click: )

Having no facility for speech-making and no command of oratory nor any domination of rhetoric, I wish to thank the administrators of the generosity of Alfred Nobel for this prize.

No writer who knows the great writers who did not receive the prize can accept it other than with humility. There is no need to list these writers. Every one here may make his own list according to his knowledge and his conscience.

It would be impossible for me to ask the Ambassador of my country to read a speech in which a writer said all of the things which are in his heart. Things may not be immediately discernible in what a man writer, and in this sometimes he is fortunate; but eventually they are quite clear and by these and the degree of alchemy that he possesses he will endure or be forgotten. Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.

For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that he never been done or that others have tries and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.

How simple the writing of literature would be if it were only necessary to write in another way what has been well written. It is because we have had such great writers in the past that a weiteris driven far out past where he can go, out to where no one can help him.

I have spoken too long for a writer. A writer should write what he has to say and not speak it. Again I thank you.

我不善辞令且缺乏演说才能,我想在此感谢阿尔弗雷德诺贝尔评委会的委员们慷慨地授予我诺贝尔文学奖。 没有一个作家,当他知道在他之前有许多伟大的作家都未能获得诺贝尔奖,而她却获此殊荣,能够心安理得,不感到有受之有愧。这里无需将这些作家的名字一一列出,在座的每一位都可以根据他的学识和良知列出自己的名单来。 请我国大使代我宣读一篇答谢辞,以表达我全部的心声是不可能的。一个作家作品中的某些东西可能不会马上被人理解,在这点上,又是他是幸运的;但它们终究会变的明朗,根据作品本身的内容以及作家点石成金本领的大小,他将名垂青史或被世人遗忘。

写作,处于最佳状态时候,是一种孤寂是生涯。作家组织固然能够缓解他们的孤寂,但未必能够促进作家的创作。一个在稠人广众之中成长起来的作家,自然可以免受孤独的困扰,但他的作品往往流于平庸。如果他确实是一位优秀的作家,当他独自创作时,就必须无惧于面对无尽的孤寂,同时也要能经得起喧闹的考验。 对于一个真正的作家而言,每一本书都应该是他继续探索那些尚未得到的目标的新起点。他应该永远尝试去做那些别人没有做过或没有做成的事。这样,当幸运降临,他就有可能获得成功。

如果只需要把别人已经写的很好的作品,换一种方式表达,就可以称得为写作的话,那么文学创作也显得太轻而易举了。我们的前辈留下了大量优秀的作品。正因为此,一个普通作家被他们炫目的光环驱赶到远离他可能到达的地方,陷入孤立无缘的境地。

作为一个作家,我已经讲的太多了。作家应当把它要说的话写下来,而不是讲出来。再一次谢谢大家。

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