[ilds] Alexandria is not much interested in Cavafy anymore

Marc Piel marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Wed Oct 14 15:09:03 PDT 2009

1. Dr. Mohamed F. Awad, pretends  or pretended to 
be at the head of the Alexandria Preservation 
trust that claimed to save the Ambron Villa, where 
LD lived and wrote Prospero's cell and lived with 
Eve Cohen (Justine+).
2; Kavafi's appartment is signed with plaques that 
anyone can find. This appartment is today the 
Cafavi museum financed by the Greek Ministry of 

What race and what creed does Dr Awad belong to????

Marc Piel

Bruce Redwine a écrit :
> As Dr. Mohamed F. Awad says, "Today Alexandria is a monoglot city:  one 
> race, one creed, fundamentally Islamic" ("The House Revisited, the City 
> Remembered," /Deus Loci,/ NS 7 [1999-2000], 39).  But Cavafy is not 
> entirely forgotten.  Over two years ago, my wife and I wandered the 
> backstreets of Alexandria, looking for 10 Rue Lepsius and couldn't find 
> it.  An Egyptian was speaking in Arabic to some others.  He saw us, 
> broke off his conversation, and asked, "Are you looking for Cavafy's 
> flat?  Here, I'll show you."  And he did.  Moreover, he didn't expect 
> any bakshseesh.  That was a pleasant surprise.  Greek is still spoken in 
> the Café Athineos, mentioned in the /Quartet./  Another surprise.  By 
> and large, however, Dr. Awad and Daniel Williams are right.
> Bruce
> On Oct 14, 2009, at 9:07 AM, Charles Sligh wrote:
>> See below for the following piece on the dismissal of Cavafy from 
>> Alexandrian memory.  
>> My thanks to Richard Pine for calling Daniel Williams' article to my 
>> attention.
>> ****
>> Erotic Poet Cavafy’s Trace Fades in Egypt’s Mythic Alexandria
>> http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=af_UjxxpzsjQ# 
>> <http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=af_UjxxpzsjQ#>
>> By Daniel Williams
>> Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Ask a concierge or taxi driver in the Egyptian 
>> city of Alexandria for the way to the house-museum of Constantine P. 
>> Cavafy, the town’s 20th-century pioneer poet, and it’s likely you’ll 
>> draw blank stares.
>> “Alexandria is not much interested in Cavafy anymore,” says Mohammed 
>> Said, caretaker of the museum. “We’re not even interested in the 
>> Alexandria that he lived in.”
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