[ESP]

UN MUNDO FELIZ

Ilustración collage para la novela "Un Mundo Feliz" de Aldous Huxley (1932).

CAPíTULO CINCO

Lenina y Henry subieron a su aparato y despegaron. A doscientos cincuenta metros de altura, Henry redujo las revoluciones de la hélice y permanecieron suspendidos durante uno o dos minutos sobre el paisaje que iba disipándose. El bosque de Burham Beeches se extendía como una gran laguna de oscuridad hacia la brillante ribera del firmamento occidental. Escarlatas en el horizonte, los restos de la puesta de sol palidecían, pasando por el color anaranjado, amarillo más arriba, y finalmente verde pálido, acuoso. Hacia el Norte, más allá y por encima de los árboles, la fábrica de Secreciones Internas y Externas resplandecía con un orgulloso brillo eléctrico que procedía de todas las ventanas de sus veinte plantas. (...) Sus miradas fueron atraídas por los majestuosos edificios del Crematorio de Slough. Con vistas a la seguridad de los aviones que circulaban de noche, sus cuatro altas chimeneas aparecían totalmente iluminadas y coronadas con señales de peligro pintadas en color rojo. Eran un excelente mojón.

—¿Por qué las chimeneas tienen esa especie de balcones alrededor? —preguntó Lenina.

—Recuperación del fósforo —explicó Henry telegráficamente—. En su camino ascendente por la chimenea, los gases pasan por cuatro tratamientos distintos. El P2 O5 antes se perdía cada vez que había una cremación. Actualmente se recupera más del noventa y ocho por ciento del mismo. Más de kilo y medio por cada cadáver de adulto. En total, casi cuatrocientas toneladas de fósforo anuales, sólo en Inglaterra. —Henry hablaba con orgullo, gozando de aquel triunfo como si hubiese sido suyo propio—. Es estupendo pensar que podemos seguir siendo socialmente útiles aun después de muertos. Que ayudamos al crecimiento de las plantas.

[NL]

HET SOMA PARADIJS*

Collage illustratie voor de roman "Brave New World" van Aldous Huxley (1932).

HOOFDSTUK VIJF

Lenina and Henry climbed into their machine and started off. At eight hundred feet Henry slowed down the helicopter screws, and they hung for a minute or two poised above the fading landscape. The forest of Burnham Beeches stret- ched like a great pool of darkness towards the bright shore of the western sky. Crimson at the horizon, the last of the sunset faded, through orange, upwards into yellow and a pale watery green. Northwards, beyond and above the trees, the Internal and External Secretions factory glared with a fierce electric brilli- ance from every window of its twenty stories. Beneath them lay the buildings of the Golf Club-the huge Lower Caste barracks and, on the other side of a dividing wall, the smaller houses reserved for Alpha and Beta members. The approaches to the monorail station were black with the ant-like pullulation of lower-caste activity. (...) Following its southeasterly course across the dark plain their eyes were drawn to the majestic buildings of the Slough Crematorium. For the safety of night-flying planes, its four tall chimneys were flood-lighted and tipped with crimson danger signals. It was a landmark.

“Why do the smoke-stacks have those things like balconies around them?” enquired Lenina.

“Phosphorus recovery,” explained Henry telegraphically. “On their way up the chimney the gases go through four separate treatments. P2O5 used to go right out of circulation every time they cremated some one. Now they recover over ninety eight per cent of it. More than a kilo and a half per adult corpse. Which makes the best part of four hundred tons of phosphorus every year from England alone.” Henry spoke with a happy pride, rejoicing whole-heartedly in the achievement, as though it had been his own. “Fine to think we can go on being socially useful even after we’re dead. Making plants grow.”

* Ook vertaald als Heerlijke nieuwe wereld

[ENG]

BRAVE NEW WORLD

Collage illustration for the novel "Brave New World" of Aldous Huxley (1932).

CHAPTER FIVE

Lenina and Henry climbed into their machine and started off. At eight hundred feet Henry slowed down the helicopter screws, and they hung for a minute or two poised above the fading landscape. The forest of Burnham Beeches stret- ched like a great pool of darkness towards the bright shore of the western sky. Crimson at the horizon, the last of the sunset faded, through orange, upwards into yellow and a pale watery green. Northwards, beyond and above the trees, the Internal and External Secretions factory glared with a fierce electric brilli- ance from every window of its twenty stories. Beneath them lay the buildings of the Golf Club-the huge Lower Caste barracks and, on the other side of a dividing wall, the smaller houses reserved for Alpha and Beta members. The approaches to the monorail station were black with the ant-like pullulation of lower-caste activity. (...) Following its southeasterly course across the dark plain their eyes were drawn to the majestic buildings of the Slough Crematorium. For the safety of night-flying planes, its four tall chimneys were flood-lighted and tipped with crimson danger signals. It was a landmark.

“Why do the smoke-stacks have those things like balconies around them?” enquired Lenina.

“Phosphorus recovery,” explained Henry telegraphically. “On their way up the chimney the gases go through four separate treatments. P2O5 used to go right out of circulation every time they cremated some one. Now they recover over ninety eight per cent of it. More than a kilo and a half per adult corpse. Which makes the best part of four hundred tons of phosphorus every year from England alone.” Henry spoke with a happy pride, rejoicing whole-heartedly in the achievement, as though it had been his own. “Fine to think we can go on being socially useful even after we’re dead. Making plants grow.”