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Chinese to English: Dalin Liu and Longguang Lu, 中国同性恋研究, 2004 General field: Social Sciences Detailed field: Social Science, Sociology, Ethics, etc.
Source text - Chinese 婚后，妻子对我很好，我对她也并不反感，我们的性生活也很正常。平心而论，对于别的女性，哪怕是再好看的，都引不起我的性冲动，而对于男性则不然，特别是匀己认为较满意的人，哪怕是多看几眼，多讲几句话，也会感到极大的满足。随着年龄的增长，自己对这种病态心理有了较明确的认识，多次想到死，用死来了却自己的一生，得以永久地解脱。但又考虑到各种因素，特别是丢不下我的妻子，丢不下她腹中蠕动的娇子。客观上说，誉我对同性的欲望比婚前弱得多了，不知是因为有了正常的性生活，还是更多地想到了自己应负的社会和法律责任，作用于心理，产生了反馈性的行动，使自己的行为得以矫正，但心须承认，我的同性恋倾向没有从根本上解决，只不过是自己控制能力增强了而已。强烈的与同性接触的欲望的冲动还常常产生，我在想，一旦与妻子分离，一旦人到中年，一旦精神颓废堕落，一旦碰到合适的对象，一旦碰到合适的场所和条件，一旦⋯⋯情况将会如何呢？我十分害怕。我还年轻，不愿就此下去，我还要像正常男人性那样生活，再也不愿整日帯着恐惧、压抑的心理生活了，我要真正地无愧于生活，无愧于社会。
Translation - English Since the wedding, my wife has treated me well, I far from dislike her and our sex life is normal. In all fairness, other women, even if they are better-looking than my wife, don't affect my sex drive; this is not the case when it comes to other men, in particular those I consider to be quite satisfying, where even a double-take or a few fleeting words will cause a feeling of great satisfaction. With age, I have come to have a clear and definite understanding of this kind of morbid psychology, many times I thought about death, using death to resolve my own life, to be permanently freed. But I took into account every kind of factor, in particular the loss of my wife and the loss of the delicate child gestating inside her belly. Objectively speaking, my desire for same-sex marriage is much weaker now than it was before I got married, and I do not know if it is because I now have a normal sex life, or because I think more about the social and legal responsibilities; acting on the psychological results in a kind of feedback from my actions, which can be corrected, but in my heart I must admit that my homosexuality has not been fundamentally solved, it is only my ability to control it that has been enhanced, nothing more. Impulses and strong desires for homosexual contact often still emerge; I wonder… if I were to separate from my wife, if I were to enter mid-life, if my decadent vigour were to degenerate, if I were to meet the right person, if I were to find the right place and conditions, what would the situation be? I am very afraid. I am still young, unwilling to go down, I would like to live a normal man's life, I'm no longer willing to spend all day afraid, holding back my psychological life; I really want to be worthy of life, worthy of society.
Spanish to English: Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Los mares del sur, 1979 General field: Art/Literary Detailed field: Poetry & Literature
Source text - Spanish Stuart Pedrell había vivido en una casa del Putxet, una de las colinas que en otro tiempo dominaban Barcelona, como las Colinas romanas dominan Roma, y aparecía cubiertas por un tapiz de viviendas vecinales para burguesía media, más algún ático dúplex para alta burguesía, en ocasiones vinculada con los antiguos moradores de las torres del Putxet. El dúplex para el nen o para la nena había constituido un buen y generalizado regalo al alcance de los propietarios de las torres supervivientes, tan buen y generalizado como el instituido en las zonas limítrofes de Pedralbes y Sarriá, últimas estribaciones donde la altísima burguesía resistía en sus viejas torres dignas y procuraba que sus polluelos se quedaran a vivir en las inmediaciones. La casa de Stuart Pedrell había sido herencia de una tía abuela sin hijos que le dejó aquella casa fin de siglo, obra de un arquitecto influido por la arquitectura férrica inglesa. Las verjas ya eran una declaración de principios y una cresta de hierros historiados, a manera de crin del dragón vidriado, recorría la espina dorsal del tejado cerámico. Ventanas gotizantes, fachadas ocultas por la hiedra, muebles de madera blanca con tapicerías azules en un jardín riguroso donde la elegancia de los altos setos de ciprés enmarca la controlada libertad de un pequeño bosque de pinos y la geometría exacta de un pequeño laberinto de seto de rododendros. En el suelo, grava y césped. Grava educada para apenas chirriar bajo las ruedas o los pies. Césped de casi cien años, bien cebado, cepillado, recortado, un viejo manto mullido en el que la casa parece flotar sobre una alfombra mágica.
Translation - English Stuart Pedrell had lived in a house in Putxet, on one of the hills that at another time dominated Barcelona, rather like how the Roman hills once dominated Rome, and appeared to be covered in neighbouring housing for the middle classes, plus a duplex penthouse or two for the upper classes, occasionally linked to the old inhabitants of the tower blocks of Putxet hill. The duplexes consisted of a good standardised bargain within the reach of the owners of the surviving tower blocks, as good as those established in the neighbouring Pedralbes and Sarria areas, the last foothills where the upper classes would hold out in their old, decent tower blocks and made sure that their children continued living in the surrounding areas. Stuart Pedrell’s house had been left to him by a childless old lady, that pre-turn of the century house whose architect was influenced by English wrought iron architecture. The railings were a declaration of principles and a crest of elaborate ironwork, rather like the mane of a glazed dragon, ran up the spine of the ceramic roof. Gothic windows, façades hidden by ivy and white wooden furniture covered in blue upholstery in a strict garden where the elegance of the tall cypress hedges framed the controlled freedom of a small pine forest and the exact geometry of a small rhododendron hedge maze. On the ground was gravel and lawn. The gravel was made to not creak under wheels or feet. The lawn was almost 100 years old, well watered, shaped and cut; an old, soft layer upon which the house seemed to float, like a magic carpet.
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