[ilds] evil empire

Richard Pine richardpin at eircom.net
Thu Jul 12 01:25:45 PDT 2007


Costas is Clea's brother. He writes with his left hand.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
To: <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 8:49 PM
Subject: Re: [ilds] evil empire


> Seems like a lot of blame to scapegoat on the Brits.  That's not the 
> attitude of most people in Singapore, where British institutions took root 
> and where those who can send their kids to the UK for a "proper 
> education."  I take it Costas Montis and Clea Montis are pure coincidence.
>
> Bruce
>
> -----Original Message-----
>>From: Michael Haag <michaelhaag at btinternet.com>
>>Sent: Jul 11, 2007 12:19 PM
>>To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>>Subject: [ilds] evil empire
>>
>>Bill seems to think that everywhere is postcolonial now.  Certain Greek
>>voices would not agree, and they would lay the blame squarely with
>>Lawrence Durrell.
>>
>>Bitter Lemons is regarded by many Greek Cypriots as the work of one of
>>the chief spin doctors of Western imperialism.  In the novel Closed
>>Doors by the Cypriot writer Costas Montis, its translator David
>>Roessel, known to the ILDS, writes in his introduction:
>>
>>'For Durrell, the lemons of Cyprus were bitter for a few years; for
>>Montis, some of the doors closed by colonialism are still closed.
>>Durrell and the British could walk away from the intractable problem
>>that they helped to create on Cyprus; in fact, Durrell never visited
>>the island again.  For Montis, the bitter lemons and closed doors
>>remain part of daily life on the divided island.  If Montis's book
>>seems too angry and polemical, it is because both he and his island are
>>still living with the legacy of the colonial government that Durrell
>>served.  It may be that we in the West will have to learn how to read
>>"answers" that re-appropirate a colonial narrative before we can truly
>>appreciate them.'
>>
>>[Costas Montis, Closed Doors: An Answer to Bitter Lemons by Lawrence
>>Durrell, Minneapolis 2004]
>>
>>:Michael
>
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