Inici > Ecos de l'Odissea > Les serventes penjades / The hanged maids. Mercè Rodoreda / Margaret Atwood

Les serventes penjades / The hanged maids. Mercè Rodoreda / Margaret Atwood

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A l’Odissea, després de la matança dels pretendents a mans d’Ulisses…

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… arribaren totes les dones en grup lamentant-se amargament i vessant llàgrimes abundoses. Primerament tragueren els cossos sense vida i els posaren sota el porxo del pati ben construït amuntegant-los els uns damunt dels altres. Odisseu donava ordres i les apressava ell mateix. Elles els anaven traient a la força. Tot seguit netejaren els bells setials i les taules amb aigua i esponges plenes de forats. Mentrestant Telèmac, el bover i el porquerol rascaven amb paletes el terra de la sala sòlidament construïda. Les serventes s’ho enduien tot i ho deixaven lluny de la porta. Així que hagueren endreçat tot el casal, feren sortir les serventes del palau ben construït i entre la rotonda i el mur ferm del pati, les acorralaren en un racó, del qual no era possible escapar-se. Aleshores l’assenyat Telèmac començà a parlar-los: «Certament jo no podria llevar la vida amb una mort ràpida a aquelles que han abocat tantes infàmies damunt el meu cap i el de la mare mentre passaven la nit amb els pretendents». 

Així parlà, i havent lligat a una gran columna una corda de nau de proa blavosa, la fixà a la rotonda tibant-la ben alta perquè cap d’elles arribés a terra amb els peus. Com quan el tords d’ales esteses o els coloms es precipiten a una xarxa que ha estat parada entre uns matolls quan tornen al niu i en realitat els acull un jaç lamentable, així elles en filera tenien els caps, cadascuna amb un nus al voltant del coll, perquè morissin de la manera més miserable. Agitaren els peus una mica, però no gaire estona.

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L’Odissea, XXII

Versió de Joan Alberich

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XXXI

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Les serventes penjades

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Mercè Rodoreda i Gurguí (Barcelona, 10 d'octubre de 1908 - Girona, 13 d'abril de 1983)

Amb dits de mel la Benvolent amoixa

la corda rude que ens estreny el coll

i el vent ens va eixugant el ventre moll

de la suor que ens hi ha deixat l’angoixa.

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Escombra vil, esponja assedegada,

espill rodó de l’aigua del gibrell!

Llana tot just mal abrigant l’anyell!

Marges nevats de l’última bugada!

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Dretes ja som si torcejàvem vives

—quin plom sobtós en carns imperatives,

oh cos cedit en lilts mal defensats!

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Negres de sang en gleves adormida

de puntetes entrem a l’altra vida

amb els caps una mica decantats.

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Mercè Rodoreda

Món d’Ulisses

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Wailing bitterly, with the tears streaming down their cheeks, the women all came in together. First they removed the bodies of the dead, with they laid under the portico of the walled courtyard, propping them one against the other. Odysseus himself took charge and urged them on: unwillingly they carried the bodies aout.

Next they washed down the tables and the beautiful chairs with sponges and water, after with Telemachus and the two herdsmen scraped the floor of the great hall with spades, while the maids removed the scrapings and got rid of them outside. Finally, when the whole hall had been set in order, they took the women out of the building, and herded them between the round-house and the great courtyard wall in a narrow space from whitch there was no escape. Then the thoughtful Telemachus spoke.

“I swear I will not give a decent death to women who have heaped insults on my head and on my mother’s, and slept with the Suitors.”

With that he took a cable which had seen service on a blue-bowed ship, made one end fast to a high column in the portico, and threw the other over the round house, high up, so that their feet would not touch the ground. As when long-winged thrushes or doves get entangled in a snare, which has been set in a thicket —they are on their way to roost, but find a grim reception— so the women’s heads were held fast in a row, with nooses round their necks, to bring them to the most pitiable end. For a little while their feet twitched but not for very long.

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Odyssey, XXII.

Translated by E. V. Rieu

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xxvii

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The Chorus Line: We’re Walking Behind You, A Love Song

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Yoo hoo! Mr Nobody! Mr Nameless! Mr Master of Illusion! Mr Sleight of Hand, grandson of thieves and liars!

We’re here too, the ones without names. The other ones without names. The ones with the shame stuck onto us by others. The ones pointed at, the ones fingered.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood (Ottawa, 18 de novembre de 1939)

The chore girls, the bright-cheeked girls, the juicy gigglers, the cheeky young wigglers, the young bloodscrubbers.

Twelve of us. Twelve moon-shaped bums, twelve yummy mouths, twenty-four feather-pillow tits, and best of all, twenty-four twitching feet.

Remember us? Of course you do! We brought the water for you to wash your hands, we bathed your feet, we rinsed your laundry, we oiled your shoulders, we laughed at your jokes, we ground your corn, we turned down your cosy bed.

You roped us in, you strung us up, you left us dangling like clothes on a line. What hijinks! What kicks! How virtuous you felt, how righteous, how purified, now that you’d got rid of the plump young dirty dirt-girls inside your head!

You should have buried us properly. You should have poured wine over us. You should have prayed for our forgiveness.

Now you can’t get rid of us, wherever you go: in your life or your afterlife or any of your other lives.

We can see through all your disguises: the paths of day, the paths of darkness, whichever paths you take we’re right behind you, following you like a trail of smoke, like a long tail, a tail made of girls, heavy as memory, light as air: twelve accusations, toes skimming the ground, hands tied behind our backs, tongues sticking out, eyes bulging, songs choked in our throats.

Why did you murder us? What had we done to you that required our deaths? You never answered that.

It was an act of grudging, it was an act of spite, it was an honour killing.

Yoo hoo, Mr Thoughtfulness, Mr Goodness, Mr Godlike, Mr Judge! Look over your shoulder! Here we are, walking behind you, close, close by, close as a kiss, close as your own skin.

We’re the serving girls, we’re here to serve you.

We’re here to serve you right. We’ll never leave you, we’ll stick to you like your shadow, soft and relentless as glue. Pretty maids, all in a row.

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Margaret Atwood

The Penelopiad

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Homer

L’Odissea

Traducció de Joan Alberich i Mariné

L’Esparver Clàssic, 32

Edicions La Magrana. Barcelona, 1998

ISBN: 9788482641157

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Mercè Rodoreda

Agonia de llum

La poesia secreta de Mercè Rodoreda

A cura d’Abraham Mohino i Balet

Angle Editorial. Barcelona, 2002

ISBN: 9788488811936

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Homer

The Odyssey

Translated by E.V. Rieu

Revised translation by D. C. H. Rieu

Penguin Books. London, 2003

ISBN: 9780140449112

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Margaret Atwood

The Penelopiad

Canongate. Edinburgh, 2006

ISBN: 9781841957043

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  1. Ines
    27/02/2012 a les 2:33 PM

    Busco el contacto del Profesor Abraham Mohino, es urgente. Me llamo Ines, busco clases con él, mi correo: nesie77@gmail.com. Gracias

    • 27/02/2012 a les 4:16 PM

      Lamentem no poder-li facilitar les dades que demana, perquè les desconeixem. Pel que consta a Internet, el professor Mohino dóna classes a l’escola d’escriptura de l’Ateneu Barcelonès. Miri de posar-se en contacte amb aquesta institució.

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