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Young at heart at 98 人生九十八才開始

A month before his 99th birthday, world-renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer has married his 60-year-old secretary Vera Lucia Gabreira, the O Globo newspaper reported on Saturday.

“Vera and I got married yesterday, Nov. 16 at 10:30pm, in my residence, in a simple ceremony witnessed by the civil authorities who performed the wedding and a small group of friends," Niemeyer said in a short statement quoted by the newspaper.

Niemeyer, who is known for his modernistic style, was not immediately available for comment. His home and office telephone numbers were not listed, according to Rio de Janeiro's telephone service.

The architect lives in an apartment in Rio's posh Ipanema district.

It was Niemeyer's second marriage following the 2004 death of his first wife of 76 years, Annita Baldor.

Gabreira, a widow, and Niemeyer have known each for 30 years. She became his secretary 14 years ago, the newspaper said.

Niemeyer has one daughter, five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren.

Perhaps his best-known creation was the National Congress building in Brasilia, the capital. The building is designed as two giant white bowls, one upside-down, with twin 100m towers rising between them. In 1987, UNESCO declared Brasilia a World Heritage site.

After a 1964 coup began a 21-year military dictatorship, Niemeyer, a lifelong communist, went into exile to France, where in 1965 he designed the headquarters of the French Communist Party in Paris. He also created dozens of projects in the US, Israel, Lebanon, Algeria, Italy, Germany and Portugal. (AP)

環球報星期六指出,就在九十九歲生日前一個月,全球知名的建築師奧斯卡•尼邁耶迎娶六十歲的秘書維拉露西亞.蓋貝伊拉。

環球報引述尼邁耶簡短的聲明︰「十一月十六日晚間十點三十分,維拉和我在三五好友的見證,以及行政主管機關的公證下,在我的住所以簡單的儀式完婚。」

Today's Words 今天單字

1. architect n.

建築師 (jian4 zhu2 shi14)

例: A skilled architect must pay attention to sunlight and terrain.

(內行的建築師必須注意採光和地形。)

2. residence n.

住所 (zhu4 suo3)

例: Can I have the address of your residence?

(可以給我你家的地址嗎?)

3. modernistic adj.

現代化的 (xian4 dai4 hua4 de5)

例: This very tall, blue chair looks quite modernistic.

(這個藍色的高椅看起來頗現代化。)

4. exile n. / v.

流亡 (liu2 wang2)

例: After a coup, a king must often spend time in exile.

(政變後國王必須流亡國外一段時間。)


尼邁耶以現代風格聞名,並未回應報導。里約熱內盧的電信服務顯示,尼邁耶住家和辦公室電話均未註冊。

尼邁耶現居住在里約熱內盧市內,依帕內瑪高級地段的一間公寓。

這是尼邁耶第一任妻子安妮塔.鮑朵兒在二○○四年過世後梅開二度。

報導指出,蓋貝伊拉是名寡婦,與尼邁耶相識三十載,十四年前才成為他的秘書。

尼邁耶育有一女,有五個孫子、十三個曾孫和五個曾曾孫。

他最負盛名的作品是為在巴西里亞的巴西議會大廈。這是兩個巨大白碗的設計,其中一只上下顛倒,兩巨碗中間豎立著兩棟一百公尺的高塔。一九八七年,聯合國教科文組織宣布巴西里亞為世界遺產。

一九六四年,一場政變開啟長達二十一年的軍事獨裁時期,終身共產黨員的尼邁耶流亡到法國,一九六五年更設計了巴黎的法國共產黨總部。此外美國、以色列、黎巴嫩、阿爾及利亞、義大利、德國和葡萄牙都有不少他的建築作品。

(美聯社╱翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

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