[ilds] Alexandria is not much interested in Cavafy anymore

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Wed Oct 14 15:46:02 PDT 2009

1.  Dr. Mohamed Awad is an Egyptian and probably Arab in the sense  
Egyptians think of themselves as Arab, but his "race" is not relevant  
in any case.  Nor does he pretend to be anything.  In 2007, he was  
Director of The Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Centre, at the  
Biblioteca Alexandrina.  At the Durrell Celebration in 2007, he also  
chaired the discussions on preserving Alexandria's architectural  

2.  "Anyone can find" Cavafy's plaque is like saying anyone can find  
the flat where Stendhal wrote The Charterhouse of Parma, once one is  
lucky enough to stumble on it on rue Caumartin, 9e arrondissemont,  


On Oct 14, 2009, at 3:09 PM, Marc Piel wrote:

> 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
> culture.
> What race and what creed does Dr Awad belong to????
> Salutations
> 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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