[ilds] RG Bitter Lemons -- epithets

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Tue Jul 10 02:51:29 PDT 2007


The recurring theme of the epithets is the mix of peoples on Cyprus, 
going back to neolithic times, and how they each seek advantage over 
the other.  A benefit of an imperial system is that it prevents or 
mitigates such advantage seeking and its destructive effects.  Bitter 
Lemons is a lament for the passing of imperiums, as Durrell makes clear 
with his references to Byzantium, the Venetian Empire, the Ottoman 
Empire and the British Empire -- and with his references to the lies 
and murders that erupt on the island in the name of nationalism, or 
what some might call 'postcolonialism'.

:Michael


On Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at 04:28  am, slighcl wrote:

> Does anyone have thoughts about Durrell's use of epigraphs in Bitter 
> Lemons?
>


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