[ilds] Man in White Sharkskin Suit

Marc Piel marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Fri Jun 18 13:25:50 PDT 2010


Bruce,
You are welcome.
I have ordered "Out of Egypt"
B.R.
Marc

Le 18/06/10 17:00, Bruce Redwine a écrit :
> Thanks for the correction, Marc.  I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as I did.
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> Bruce
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> On Jun 18, 2010, at 7:33 AM, Marc Piel wrote:
>
>> 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,
>> Marc
>>
>> 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
>>>>>> By ALANA NEWHOUSE
>>>>>> 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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