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哈利·波特施魔法 迷倒关塔那摩监狱犯人
Updated:2005-08-12 10:45
Harry Potter bewitches Guantanamo Bay prisoners

哈利·波特施魔法 迷倒关塔那摩监狱犯人

哈利·波特施魔法 迷倒关塔那摩监狱犯人

'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' by J.K. Rowling is on display at the Magic Tree Bookstore in Oak Park, Illinois, July 16, 2005.

Harry Potter has bewitched detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, where tales of the young wizard and mysteries by Agatha Christie top the list of most popular books, a prison librarian said on Tuesday.

"Harry Potter is a popular title among some of the detainee population," said the librarian, a civilian contractor identified only as "Lorie" who works at the prison camp for foreign terrorism suspects at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.

Lorie said the popularity of the best-selling Harry Potter books, which recount the adventures of a boy wizard as he triumphs over the powers of evil, was matched only by the prisoners' passion for Agatha Christie.

The Guantanamo Bay prison -- which has come under fierce attack by human rights groups for its treatment and indefinite detention of prisoners -- holds about 510 suspects from 40 countries. Most are from Afghanistan and Arab states.

But even this remote prison has not escaped the world-wide frenzy over the escapades of Harry Potter and his friends at the Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft. The sixth book in the series by author J.K. Rowling, which went on sale last month, is the fastest-selling book of all time.

"We have Harry Potter in four languages, English, French, Farsi and Russian. We have it on order in Arabic. We do not have books 5 and 6 in the series, at this time. We have had several detainees read the series," Lorie told reporters.

"One prisoner has requested the movies," she said.

Asked what other books were among the prisoners' favorites, Lorie said, "We have 12 different Agatha Christie titles in Arabic that are very popular. Also 1001 Arabian Nights."

Overall, the library contains 1,200 books, 164 magazines and 40 videos.

The prisoners do not need library privileges to read the Islamic holy book, the Koran, which is a "basic issue item" that each prisoner keeps in his cell, she said.

The United States opened the Guantanamo prison in January 2002. A total of 242 detainees have been transferred out of the prison to other countries either to be freed or for continued detention, while approximately 510 remain at Guantanamo, according to the Pentagon. Many have been held for more than three years and only four have been charged. 
 
(Agencies)

美国关塔那摩监狱里的犯人被哈利·波特“蛊惑”了。该监狱的一位图书管理员周二透露,这个小男巫的故事和阿加莎·克里斯的推理小说并列成为最受囚犯欢迎的书籍。

“在一些囚犯中,哈利·波特成为最流行的名词,”这位图书管理员说。她只是以“洛里”的名字在这个战俘集中营工作的一个平民而已,这里是美国在古巴的海军基地关押外国恐怖分子嫌疑犯的地方。

洛里说,囚犯们对《哈利·波特》的热情程度只有阿加莎·克里斯的推理小说能与之匹敌。《哈利·波特》系列畅销书讲述了一个小男巫为击败邪恶力量遇到的种种冒险经历。

美国关塔那摩监狱长期以来一直遭到人权组织的猛烈攻击,因为该监狱对待囚犯的态度不佳,而且在无明确说法的情况下关押了来自40个国家的510名嫌疑犯,其中大多数人来自阿富汗和阿拉伯国家。

但即使是这么偏僻的监狱,都没有逃过哈利·波特和他的朋友们在霍格沃茨魔法学校的冒险行为掀起的全球狂热。J.K.罗琳的第六本《哈利·波特》系列小说是上个月上架的,结果成为有史以来销售速度最快的小说。

“我们有四种语言版本的《哈利·波特》——英语、法语、波斯语和俄语。我们还定购了阿拉伯语的版本。目前我们还没有这套丛书的第五和第六本。但已经有一些囚犯读过这套书了。”洛里告诉记者。

“还有一名囚犯提出想观看(哈利·波特)电影。”她说。

当被问及囚犯们还喜欢看什么书时,洛里说:“我们有12本不同的阿拉伯语版的阿加莎·克里斯推理小说,它们非常受欢迎。另外《一千零一夜》也不错。”

图书馆里总共收藏有1200册图书,164本杂志和40张录像光盘。

洛里还说,这里的囚犯们无须经过图书馆特许就可以阅读伊斯兰圣经《可兰经》--这本经书是每个囚犯身边必备的“基本物品”。

2002年1月,美国开设了关塔那摩监狱。迄今共有242名囚犯从这里被转送到其他国家,他们或被释放,或继续服刑。据五角大楼消息,至今仍有大约510人被关押在关塔那摩监狱。很多人已经被关押了三年以上,其中只有四人受过指控。

(中国日报网站译)

 

Vocabulary:

bewitch : 施魔法于,蛊惑,使陶醉

suspect: 嫌疑犯

triumph over: 击败,成功,得胜

detention: 拘留,禁闭

on order: 已定购而尚未交货的



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