[ilds] satori?

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Tue May 29 17:23:13 PDT 2007

Durrell mentions D. T. Suzuki, one of the popularizers of Zen Buddhism for an American audience, in note 4 of A Smile in the Mind's Eyes, and Miller talks about it in a 1939 letter.  Durrell himself talks about Herrigel's famous Zen in the Art of Archery in a letter to Miller in 1957.  That year is the time of the Beats in San Francisco, who spread the word about Zen through the literature of Kerouac and Snyder, et al.  Zen and Satori were very much in the air in the 1950s.  Durrell's fancy, however, is for Taoism, which is not the same as Zen but similar.  I will not attempt to define either of them.  Both "systems" oppose verbalization, which is maybe why Durrell likes to rest his case in Justine on "silence."


-----Original Message-----
>From: slighcl <slighcl at wfu.edu>
>Sent: May 29, 2007 4:48 PM
>To: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: [ilds] satori?
>Bruce smuggles through another bit of forbidden faerie fruit (apologies 
>Hope Mirrlees):
>>>>satori of the soul!.....AD
>Would somebody please be helpful and tell me how the notion of /satori 
>/came into currency with Durrell and his contemporaries? 
>I first encountered through Durrell and Cortázar, who seem to start to 
>mention at about the same 1960s moment. Thus in 1963 in /Rayuela /(part 61):
>> Final melancólico: Un satori es instantáneo y todo lo resuelve. Pero 
>> para llegar
>> a él habría que desandar la historia de fuera y la de dentro. Trop 
>> tard pour moi.
>> Crever en italien, voire en occidental, c'est tout ce qui me reste. 
>> Mon petit café
>> crème le matin, si agréable...
>And Durrell in an interview or two also mentions the concept.  So who 
>was popularizing the idea?  Whence the trend?
>Charles L. Sligh
>Department of English
>Wake Forest University
>slighcl at wfu.edu

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