[ilds] Liana Burgess, 78, Italian Translator of Durrell's Quartet

James Gifford odos.fanourios at gmail.com
Tue Dec 4 19:06:18 PST 2007

Hi Charles,

Proof positive -- you can see my iron links in the chain of memory below...


I have a citation to Italian translations, but none have her name -- 
this appears to be erroneous and leads me to suspect there are more than 
one Italian translations:


There is, however, a potential item here:


It lists the following item for sale:

Durrell Lawrence, /Justine/, Longanesi & C., Milano, 1959, ril. ed., 
bs., mancante di sovcop., pp. 309. Introduzione di Elémire Zolla. Trad. 
di Liana Johnson. Collana "La Ginestra" n° 35 € 15,00

I'm guessing from some other online postings, so it's not very 
trustworthy, but it appears to have been reprinted in 1966 as well.

Whoa!  UVic has a copy.  I'll report on it tomorrow -- it's in Special 
Collections, and it does indeed list Liana M. Johnson as the author. 
It's the 1966 reprint of the 1959 edition.


slighcl wrote:
>  >From your listserv wire-service:  All the news that is fit to copy and 
> paste.
> I would be obliged to any of our Italian subscribers for additional info 
> on the Durrell translation reported below.  Did the translation make it 
> into print?  Is it still in print?  So far I have been unable to find a 
> bibliographical record.
> If the connection proves true, it would mean that wives of two prominent 
> twentieth-century novelists translated Durrell's /Quartet/--Anthony 
> Burgess's wife Liana (Italian) and Julio Cortazar's wife Aurora 
> Bernárdez (Spanish).
> Charles
> ****
> Liana Burgess
> [obituary]
> Telegraph (UK)
> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/12/05/db0501.xml
> Last Updated: 1:30am GMT 05/12/2007

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