[ilds] "Facts"

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Fri Jul 22 13:01:41 PDT 2011


Exactly — the palimpsest approach to reality and Truth.  "It seemed to me then to be somehow symbolic of the very reality we had shared — a palimpsest upon which each of us had left his or her individual traces, layer by layer" (Balthazar, pp. 21-22).


Bruce



On Jul 22, 2011, at 12:36 PM, Godshalk, William (godshawl) wrote:

> I doubt that Durrell was in a rush to capture fading moments. Durrell kept elaborate notebooks, and as he copied from notebook to fabulation, he crossed out the note. There are many examples of this process in the archive. 
> 
> Bill
> 
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> I'll have to read the sketch.  I was unaware of it.  This has been discussed before, but I think Durrell's "inventions" or fabrications in Prospero's Cell are too elaborate to be the result of a faulty memory or a rush to capture fading moments.
> 
> 
> Bruce
> 
> 
> 
> On Jul 22, 2011, at 9:35 AM, James Gifford wrote:
> 
> Have you compared the book to the sketch published while he was in
> Egypt?  The latter includes Nancy...  The transformation from one to the
> other is still overlooked in the scholarship even though the fragment is
> quite brief and published twice.
> 
> There's an intriguing introduction to the /Middle East Anthology/ by
> Waller and de Mauny as well commenting on the rush to set down memoirs
> before the moment faded -- Durrell wasn't alone at that moment in his
> creations.
> 
> Best,
> James
> 
> On 22/07/11 8:14 AM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
> 1. Fact: Lawrence Durrell published the memoir /Prospero's Cell/ in 1945.
> 
> 2. Fiction posing as fact: Much of the content of that book.
> 
> I once took no. 2 as fact, naively believing that Durrell truthfully
> reported people and events. I was wrong. Nancy Myers called it, "All lies."
> 
> 
> Bruce
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