[ilds] Alexandria is not much interested in Cavafy anymore

Marc Piel marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Thu Oct 15 03:18:39 PDT 2009


I'm sorry I used the word "pretend".
But after all these years the house is still 
squatted and rotting!!!

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Bruce Redwine a écrit :
> 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 heritage.
> 
> 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, Paris.
> 
> 
> Bruce
> 
> 
> 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#>
>>>> <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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