[ilds] RG Justine 1.26

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Sun May 6 09:35:17 PDT 2007


I am joking only about eighty-five per cent.

:Michael


On Sunday, May 6, 2007, at 05:21  pm, Durrell School of Corfu wrote:

> Michael, presumably that insight about Claude will figure in your 
> forthcoming biography of LD - it's a helluva statement!
> Richard Pine
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Michael Haag
> To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
> Sent: Sunday, May 06, 2007 6:36 PM
> Subject: Re: [ilds] RG Justine 1.26
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> Actually it is all to do with how attentively Claude was working on 
> corrections that day. In fact there is an argument for saying she 
> wrote the Quartet, not Durrell.
>
> :Michael
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> On Sunday, May 6, 2007, at 04:22 pm, slighcl wrote:
>
> On 5/5/2007 11:18 PM, Michael Haag wrote:
>
> As a thrilling point of information I direct your attention to 1.26
> with its list of bus stops. Zizinia is one stop, Bacos is another;
> there should be a comma between the two. A city may become a world
> when one loves one of its inhabitants, but it can be hell if you get
> off at the wrong stop.
>
> That is a thrilling little point you make, Michael.  I have long 
> admired 1.26, that small interlude of urban impressions set between 
> longer movements.  "A city becomes a world when one loves one of its 
> inhabitants" is among the finest sentences in the novel, and I have 
> thought of it much in various travels over the years.
>
> Here I will share with the list a glimpse of "the Justine underneath 
> Justine."  (That seems apropos, given the recent turn in the 
> discussion.)  Justine 1.26 was a late addition in red ink to the 
> typescript:
>
> X X X X X X X X
>
>  Rue Bab-el-Mandeb, Rue Abou-El-Dardar, Minet-el-Barrol (streets 
> slippery
> with discarded fluff from the cotton marts) Nouzha (the rose-garden, 
> some
>  remembered kisses) or bus-stops with haunted names like Saba Pacha, 
> Mazloum,
>  Zizinia, Bacos, Schutz, Gianaclis.  A city becomes a world when one 
> loves one of its
> inhabitants
>
> X X X X X X X
>
> Michael will note, I think, that LD got his Alexandrian stops rather 
> indifferently.   Here in the typescript we can see that LD did in fact 
> include the comma separating "Zizinia, Bacos."  Why is the punctuation 
> omitted in all of these later printings?   He certainly had close 
> contact with those who could set him straight, and we can verify that 
> he took occasion to change "Minet-el-Barrol" (appearing in both 
> typescript and Faber 1st / 1st of Justine) to "Minet-el-Bassal"  
> (later Faber printings).   And I am thinking of other moments in the 
> text where LD chooses to leave the type-setter's innovations--such as 
> "flesh-lips, eyes, water-ices, the coloured stall" (Justine 1.4), 
> which should be "flesh--lips, eyes, water-ices, the coloured stall."  
> That was never set straight.  (The ear of the poet takes precedence 
> over the corrector's eye, I think.  It is more important that the 
> sounds of these names and words "haunt" evocatively.)
>
> Charles
>
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> Wake Forest University
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