The Tomb – H.P. Lovecraft

Today I did something different: I decided to try translating something that had already been translated so I could compare the professional’s version with my own (after it had been kindly proofread).

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Al contarles las circunstancias que han causado mi encierro en este asilo para dementes, soy consiente de que mi condición actual creerá una duda natural sobre la autenticidad de mi relato. Es un hecho desafortunado que la mayor parte de la humanidad sea demasiado limitada en su visión mental como para considerar con paciencia e inteligencia los fenómenos aislados, vistos y experimentados solo por unos pocos seres psicológicamente sensibles, que quedan fuera de su experiencia cotidiana.
Los hombres de una inteligencia más amplia saben que no hay una distinción clara entre lo real y lo irreal; que todas las cosas aparecen como lo hacen solo gracias a los medios sutiles, físicos y mentales, por cuales somos conscientes de ellos; pero el materialismo prosaico de la mayoría tilda de locura los destellos de clarividencia que penetran el velo común del empirismo obvio.

In relating the circumstances which have led to my confinement within this refuge for the demented, I am aware that my present position will create a natural doubt of the authenticity of my narrative. It is an unfortunate fact that the bulk of humanity is too limited in its mental vision to weigh with patience and intelligence those isolated phenomena, seen and felt only by a psychologically sensitive few, which lie outside its common experience. Men of broader intellect know that there is no sharp distinction betwixt the real and the unreal; that all things appear as they do only by virtue of the delicate individual physical and mental media through which we are made conscious of them; but the prosaic materialism of the majority condemns as madness the flashes of supersight which penetrate the common veil of obvious empricism.

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