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The Whisperer in Darkness [Short story] (1931)

by H. P. Lovecraft

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"Viskningar" var aldrig min favoritberättelse ur Lovecrafts produktion. Jag minns att jag tyckte den var mekanisk och stel i jämförelse med hans andra verk (ja, även "vansinnets berg").

När jag läst denna översättning måste jag dock erkänna att den skrämde mig en hel del: Miljöerna, den isolation som beskrivs och den hjälplöshet som beskrivs fick mig den här gången att rysa ordentligt. Om det är den nya översättningen som har förändrat saken eller om det är min grundattityd som har förändrats vet jag inte, men jag kommer framöver att se på texten med ny respekt.

Att översätta Lovecraft är verkligen ingen lätt uppgift, men Isfelt klarar det till största delen galant, och om någon enstaka pekoral skymtar fram så beror det troligen på att även originalmaterialet balanserar nära sådan ibland. ( )
  Jannes | Jul 16, 2010 |
Solide Lesung einer nur mässig spannenden Erzählung. Den Hörer erwarten hier keine Überraschungen, man wird allerdings auch nicht enttäuscht. Allerdings halte ich die Wahl der deutschen Stimme Snipes für Mr. Akeley nicht unbedingt für die beste Wahl, da sich beim Hören doch sehr leicht die Figur "Blade" in den Vordergrund drängt. Ansonsten aber gute Hausmannskost für die Ohren. Nicht mehr und nicht weniger. Die Scheibe mit den Extras - Erinnerungen an Lovecraft- fällt hier auch nicht weiter ins Gewicht, da sie im Gegensatz zum Bonus des Hörbuches "Schatten über Innsmouht" bestenfalls mäßig interessant ist. ( )
  Doktor_Stein | Apr 2, 2009 |
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Bear in mind closely that I did not see any actual visual horror at the end.
Two or three fanatical extremists went so far as to hint at possible meanings in the ancient Indian tales which gave the hidden beings a nonterrestrial origin; citing the extravagant books of Charles Fort with their claims that voyagers from other worlds and outer space have often visited the earth. Most of my foes, however, were merely romanticists who insisted on trying to transfer to real life the fantastic lore of lurking "little people" made popular by the magnificent horror-fiction of Arthur Machen.
I knew I was entering an altogether older-fashioned and more primitive New England than the mechanised, urbanised coastal and southern areas where all my life had been spent; an unspoiled, ancestral New England without the foreigners and factory-smoke, bill-boards and concrete roads, of the sections which modernity has touched. There would be odd survivals of that continuous native life whose deep roots make it the one authentic outgrowth of the landscape - the continuous native life which keeps alive strange ancient memories, and fertilises the soil for shadowy, marvellous, and seldom-mentioned beliefs.
Never was a sane man more dangerously close to the arcana of basic entity -- never was an organic brain nearer to utter annihilation in the chaos that transcends form and force and symmetry.
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Millenia ago, the Old Ones ruled our planet. Since that time, they have but slumbered. But when a massive sea tremor brings the ancient stone city of R'lyeh to the surface once more, the Old Ones awaken at last.

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