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2008.05.02

『雨天炎天』新装版

近くの図書館に行ったら、村上春樹 『雨天炎天』 新潮社 の新装版が置いてあったので、早速借りて読んだ。文庫版を持っているのだけど、この新装版には多数の未発表写真が掲載されていて、旅の様子が格段にわかり易くなっていた。あの、泳ぎが得意で左右の目の色が違うという「ヴァン猫」の写真もちゃんと載っていたし。

前半のギリシャ、アトス半島の旅を、感慨深く読んだ。アトスには、20の男子修道院があり、今でも2000人以上の修道士たちが「修行」に励んでいるという。まさにギリシャ正教の聖地。平地がほとんどなく、山ばかりで、交通機関もなく、歩いて回るしかない場所なのだ。そしてそれは想像以上に過酷な旅だった。

旅の本質が日常からの脱出だとすると、この旅はまさにそのようなものだった。時間さえ飛び越えてしまったかのような旅。この本を読んで、文字通りの異境の旅を十分に味わうことができた。

一方、こういうところで俗世間と離れて暮らすのも悪くないかもしれないと思った。カビのはえたパンを食べさせられるようなところは御免だけど。

後半のトルコ編の方は、ほとんど内容を憶えていなくて新鮮だった。ギリシャ、ロシア、イラク等に囲まれ孤立していて、国内ではクルド人問題を抱え、異様に兵隊が多いというトルコ。村上さんが旅したのは1988年。今もそれほど変わっていないのだろうか。

このとき村上さんは39歳。元々童顔のせいかとても若く見える。たからこそ、車の旅とはいえ、こちらも相当ハードな21日間にもわたる旅を、やり遂げることができたのだろう。奥さんとの電話で、「いったいここのどこで楽しめというのだ?」とキレそうになるような旅だった。こういうハードな旅の経験を通じて、あのタフな精神が培われたのだろうなあ。

村上ファンでまだ読んでない方は、是非とも読んでみてください。読んだことのある方も、新潮社のために買ってあげてください。

『雨天炎天』と同時に新装版が発売されたのは『辺境・近境』と『うずまき猫のみつけかた』の2冊。オカダは『遠い太鼓』をもう一度読みたくなった。

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オカダさん、こんばんは。
柚木の大好きな『雨天炎天』、新装版が出たのですね。うちには文庫版しかなくて、ずっとちゃんと写真がいっぱい載ってるのを買いたかったのです。
新装版、新潮社のためにも購入しようかしら?
アトスはまだ春樹さんの行かれた頃と変わらないのでしょうか? 女のわたしには行こうと思っても行けない場所です。行けたとしても黴びたパンは食べたくないですが。
春樹さんのエッセイを読んでいると、いつも旅に出たくなります。

Posted by: 柚木 | 2008.05.08 at 01:08 AM

柚木さん、こんばんは。
柚木さんなら”買い”でしょう(^_^.)。
アトス、ネットで見る限り変わってないようです。柚木さんも行ってみたいでしょうね。

>春樹さんのエッセイを読んでいると、いつも旅に出たくなります。
同じです。外国にちょっと滞在してみたくなります。はたして、そういう日はくるかなあ。

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