[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'.


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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