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Die Frau, fuer die ich den Computer erfand (The Woman for Whom I invented the Computer)
為了她,我發明了電腦:跨越世紀的發明繆思
版本:288頁  2009 年 7 月  Rowohlt Verlag出版
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內容介紹

德國人克蘭德‧楚澤(Konrad Zuse,1910-1995),於二次大戰後終於被西方電腦界公認發明了世界第一台採用程式控制的數位電腦。這台機器被命名為Z-4,而它的發名人其實是一位靠自費起家的土木建築工程師。楚澤不僅發明了世界第一台電腦,也為了一種特別的愛情而活著,他愛上了來自另一個世紀的女子。

楚澤當年把家中的客廳隔出一間,改造成實驗室 兼工廠,孑然一身展開漫長的研究生涯,他的發明靈感來自於他對著名詩人拜倫(Lord Byron)的女兒愛達‧拜倫(Ada Byron,1815-1852)伯拉圖的愛情,比楚澤早將近一世紀的愛達也是當時電腦程式設計界的翹楚。

在小說虛構的世界裡,楚澤在人生中最後一年,放棄參加向他終生成就致敬的典禮,而接受一位記者採訪。回憶他當年在納粹德國佔領下,暢談如何孤軍奮鬥從事研究工作,如何在二戰最後一天從柏林逃到巴發利亞,楚澤在言談之間回溯人生,談到他對不同事物的看法,談到他對後來被封為世界第一個女資訊工程設計師愛達‧拜倫無比的熱情。楚澤哀嘆,吹噓,但無法擺脫他曾限於跟浮士德式交換靈魂的交易…

楚澤一生的故事比驚聳小說更傳奇,也是第一次以文學作品的形式呈現出來,在這本佈局巧妙的小說裡,作者重述電腦甚至整個數位時代如何從柏林一棟簡單的公寓發跡。這是一則關於發明的故事,關於電腦和不可能愛情的發明。

 

Summary

As a young man, using parts he constructed by hand, Germany’s Konrad Zuse (1910-1995) built the world’s first computer. He was inspired by the Platonic love he felt for Lord Byron’s daughter, Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852), who was herself a pioneer in the field of computing. In Delius’ novel, the elderly Zuse skips a ceremony honoring his achievements to converse with a young journalist. It’s a July evening in 1994, and Zuse tells of his work during Nazi Germany and his dramatic flight from Berlin to Bavaria in the final days of the war. The more he talks, the opener he becomes about his triumphs and failures, his views on a variety of subjects and the passion he feels for Ada Byron. He fantasizes, laments, boasts and can’t shake the feeling he’s struck something of a Faustian bargain…

Zuse’s life story is more captivating than any thriller, and this is the first time it has been treated in a work of literature. In this sophisticated novel, Delius recounts how computers and indeed the whole digital age originated in a simple Berlin apartment. This is the story both of the invention of the computer and the invention of an impossible love affair.

作者介紹

Friedrich Christian Delius was born in Rome in 1943 and grew up in Central Germany. He did his doctoral thesis in German studies at the FU Berlin in 1970 and subsequently worked as book editor. Today he divides his time between the Italian capital and Berlin.
In 1965, his first collection of poems entitled Kerbholz appeared. Apart from poetry, he has since published short stories, radio dramas, and novels. Some of his best-known works are Ribbeck’s Pears (1991), The Sunday I Became World Champion (1994), The Walk from Rostock to Syracuse (1995), The Flattering Tongue (1999), My Year as a Murderer (2004) and Portrait of Mother as a Young Woman (2006). Delius is currently writer-in-residence in the town of Bergen-Enkheim and has won numerous awards, most recently the Schubert Literary Prize, the German Critics’ Prize and the Joseph Breitbach Prize.

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