[ilds] Man in White Sharkskin Suit

Marc Piel marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Fri Jun 18 07:33:09 PDT 2010

Quote from Bruce  " I would not be too surprised 
were she to say she hadn't read the Quartet."

Here is what Lucette Lugnado sais about the Quartet:
"No one has been able to capture soulful, sensuous 
Egypt like Durrell. In many ways, I thought that 
my father was like Durrell's female 
heroine--restless, tormented, both faithless and 
faithful, and a creature of the night. Each of the 
novels is an extraordinary work."

I am enjoying it very much.

Best regards,

Le 06/06/10 23:01, Bruce Redwine a écrit :
> James,
> Lawrence Durrell put modern Alexandria on the map. I'm not discounting
> or belittling the work of Cavafy and Forster, but their very great
> contributions were simply not that well known prior to Durrell's /magnum
> opus./ In a sense, Durrell made his predecessors, whom he fully
> acknowledges, famous with respect to "The City." Look at the publishing
> history of Cavafy in English translation and Forster's two books on
> Alexandria — the flood of Cavafy translations, new editions of Forster,
> and critical studies of the three, all those all start pouring out after
> the appearance of the /Quartet./ Give credit where credit is due, and
> that rightfully belongs to Lawrence Durrell.
> Now, in /Out of Egypt /(1994), Aciman has written a splendid memoir of
> his Sephardic roots in Alexandria (a memoir, by the way, which is
> slightly dishonest, for readers are led to believe it is factual but
> others claim is partly fictional, much in the way that Durrell invented
> people in his travel books). As you would expect from a specialist in
> French literature, Aciman is literary, and his book reads with the grace
> of fiction, but how he can clearly allude to Proust's /Temps Perdu/ and
> not at least drop a hint of indebtedness to L. G. Durrell is beyond me.
> As I argue in my /Arion/ article on Haag's work, Aciman wants to
> disassociate himself from the Alexandria of Cavafy, Forster, and
> Durrell. That's his choice, however. If he wants to be excluded from
> that great tradition, then so be it, although I believe in at least
> acknowledging those predecessors, whom he most certainly is aware of.
> Lucette Lugnado's book is about Cairo and her family. Although well
> written, I would not call it literary, certainly not in the way that
> Aciman's is. I would not be too surprised were she to say she hadn't
> read the /Quartet./ After all, she was born when /Justine/ was being
> written. But you're right, Durrell is the "elephant in the room," and
> she may have felt intimidated by his omnipresence. Hence, no direct
> allusions. The influence, if such, is in the sense of Cairo as a "place"
> of special memories and experiences long gone. Her use of the balcony of
> her family home on Malaka Nazli reminds me of similar tropes in Cavafy
> and Haag. She mentions that balcony during the video of her reading in
> Cairo.
> Read her book. It's a moving experience.
> Bruce
> On Jun 6, 2010, at 12:17 PM, James Gifford wrote:
>> Very few critical works have mentioned Durrell and Aciman together as
>> well:
>> Porter, Roger J. "Autobiography, Exile, Home: The Egyptian Memoirs of
>> Gini Alhadeff, André Aciman, and Edward Said." /Biography/ 24.1 (2001):
>> 302-313. (Mentions the Durrell conference, On Miracle Ground XI, in
>> Corfu, numerous times.)
>> Giovannucci, Perri. The Modernizing Mission: Literature and Development
>> in North Africa. Diss. University of Miami, 2005.
>> I suspect that the same way Durrell's Eliotic influences are displaced
>> by the "Old Poet of the city," Aciman and Lagnado may be avoiding the
>> elephant in the room... I've not read the book, but are there
>> Durrellian allusions or influences, Bruce?
>> Cheers,
>> James
>> On 06/06/10 11:40 AM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>>> Thanks, Charles. I hadn't seen Ms. Lagnado speak before. She's
>>> charming, no? She and Andre Aciman (Out of Egypt) are primarily
>>> writing about nostalgia within an Egyptian context. I wonder why
>>> neither mention or allude to Durrell. Aciman's omission in this
>>> regard seems to me particularly grevious.
>>> Bruce
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> On Jun 6, 2010, at 10:15 AM, Charles Sligh<Charles-Sligh at utc.edu
>>> <mailto:Charles-Sligh at utc.edu>>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Bruce Redwine wrote:
>>>>> Marc,
>>>>> True, Lucette Lagnado ("Loulou") was born in 1956, but her memoir is
>>>>> mainly about her father, Leon Lagnado, who married her mother Edith
>>>>> in
>>>>> 1943.
>>>> ***
>>>> Lucette Lagnado, author of The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, talks
>>>> about her book in Cairo Egypt
>>>> http://vimeo.com/10151234
>>>> ***
>>>> Lucette Lagnado
>>>> http://www.harpercollins.com/authors/29557/Lucette_Lagnado/index.aspx
>>>> http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Man-White-Sharkskin-Suit-Lucette-Lagnado/?isbn=9780060822187?AA=index_authorIntro_29557
>>>> ***
>>>> Out of Egypt
>>>> Published: August 12, 2007
>>>> http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/12/books/review/Newhouse-t.html?ex=1344571200&en=15f09d3482a0665f&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
>>>> <http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/12/books/review/Newhouse-t.html?ex=1344571200&en=15f09d3482a0665f&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss>
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