[ilds] quizz

Ken Gammage Ken.Gammage at directed.com
Wed Feb 9 20:51:10 PST 2011

I don’t think we need be overly concerned about whether Durrell is popular at the moment. Ephemera is popular. Whole genres of human endeavor in the arts go out of popular favor - like Jazz, which was last truly popular music (in the U.S. at least) in the 1940s, before bebop became too challenging for many listeners. For Jazz fans, as well as LD fans, this should be irrelevant. There are many other topics to address on the list. What about the 1987 BBC-TV series My Family and Other Animals, with Anthony Calf portraying Larry Durrell? I would like to see this again – I may have seen some of it on VHS at the time. What of C.P. Cavafy? There is much more to be said about his role as muse to the Quartet. I picked up the Rae Dalven translation on a rainy night in Berkeley a few years ago – and inhaled it! I don’t think I’ve ever sat down and read a whole book by a single poet before, rapt. But I still like Durrell’s translation of “The Afternoon Sun” in Clea the best.

-- Ken

From: ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca [ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca] On Behalf Of Marc Piel [marcpiel at interdesign.fr]
Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2011 1:17 PM
To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
Subject: Re: [ilds] quizz

Bruce, Perhaps you should start your own forum
entitled "Against Lawrence Durrell - or how to
discredit one of the most creative authors of the
last 60 years"
This is not to be taken as aggressive. Just a
"just" reaction to your systematic negative
remarks whenever someone defends the talent and
acknowledgement of LD.

Le 09/02/11 19:51, Bruce Redwine a écrit :
> Very interesting. How do you account for this interest in Durrell's
> light/lite books? I pass the /Quartet/ onto my American friends, and
> they find him unreadable, for the very reasons you list below. Have you
> considered translating /White Eagles Over Serbia?/
> Bruce
> On Feb 9, 2011, at 3:50 AM, Meta Cerar wrote:
>> I don't know about Durrell's popularity in other countries, but I have
>> to say that the Slovenian publisher was very willing to publish the
>> Dark Labyrinth. My proposal was accepted without hesitation, although
>> the editor is well aware that the book probably won't sell very well.
>> Even the EU financial suppport was approved very shortly after the
>> application had been submitted. So Durrell's name still counts and his
>> popularity may be in for better times. Unless the book turns out a
>> complete commercial failure, I intend to propose a few other works of
>> L.D., Bitter Lemons being the first on the list.
>> Durrell is not very well known in Slovenia. Very few people I know
>> read all the 4 parts of the AQ. Most of them decided that Justine was
>> either too difficult or too dull and never bothered to read Mountolive
>> and Clea. When the AQ was reprinted in the beginning of 2000s the
>> event went by unnoticed. So I'm really curious about the response to
>> Dark Labyrinth which is due to come out in May. I do hope that the
>> publisher will provide for the publicity it deserves.
>> Meta Cerar
>> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> *From:* ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca <mailto:ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca>
>> [mailto:ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca] *On Behalf Of *Rony Alfandary
>> *Sent:* Wednesday, February 09, 2011 7:53 AM
>> *To:* ilds at lists.uvic.ca <mailto:ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
>> *Subject:* [ilds] quizz
>> Davis,
>> You write: "writers, culture, beers, football teams, farmland and
>> vinyards sink beneath our wisdom like a stone."
>> now, isn't that a take on Dylan (Bob)?
>> certainly struck a chord, twanging, in my mind. i will let it vibrate
>> for a while and than ask for mercy and a clue..,:)
>> here in Israel LD is barely known. if I had a $ for each time i had to
>> tell people whom I was writing my thesis on, i would be very rich indeed.
>> what about translation?
>> only the first two volumes of the quartet have been translated.
>> i wonder whether Cortazar's wife's translation of the quartet into
>> Spanish made LD more known in the spanish speaking world.
>> Rony
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