[ilds] A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. FORSTER by Wendy Moffat, PICADOR, New York, 2010

Richard Pine rpinecorfu at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 24 02:35:21 PDT 2014


I met Carlos Freire in Paris at the time that the LD archive was opened at Nanterre. A charming, courteous and modest gentleman who showed me some superb pix of LD which I don;t think have ever been published. A very fine photographer (if that mere word can be used to describe such an artist).
RP
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On Tue, 6/24/14, PETER BALDWIN <delospeter at hotmail.com> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [ilds] A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of	E.M.	FORSTER	by Wendy Moffat, PICADOR, New York, 2010
 To: "ilds at lists.uvic.ca" <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
 Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 4:11 AM
 
 The
 Alexandrian book which Marc refers to is a lavish book of
 photos of Alexandria by the Brazilian photographer Carlos
 Freire see 
 http://www.verinhaottoni.com/carlosfreire/. 
 If the link works, you will see a
 photo of Carlos third on the right (bearded man). Robert
 Sole, the Cairo born novelist wrote the introduction. Do not
 be put off by the photos of the 1985 male model of the same
 name if you Google.
 Sole was born in Cairo in 1946 and
 lives in and works from Paris; I think his 'first '
 language for his writing is French. Harvill Press published
 several of his novels in the 1990's and many are still
 in print in English translation. It must be 20+ years since
 I have read them but I think that some are set in Alexandria
 and are worth tracking down. 
 Carlos knew LD very well and over
 the years many of Carlos' photos of LD have appeared in
 print. Carlos' web page is very uninspiring but LD wrote
 a short preface for a slim album of Carlos' photos - the
 title of which escapes me now. The French academic journal
 'Confluences' has used Carlos' photos for its
 editions devoted to D's work.
 Carlos kindly let me use a couple of
 his photos of LD in Delos books. I think I first saw his
 work in the French Magazine Litteraire interview with LD.
 Carlos , unlike any other photographer of D, captures a wide
 range of the aspects of D's personality. 
 I have done this note from my desk
 two floors from my Durrell collection so hope my citations
 are accurate. For that reason I have to rely on memory but
 there is a good book by Edmund Keeley for fans of writing
 about 'modern' Alex - ' Cavafy's
 Alexandria'( still in print from
 Princeton)
 Peter
 Baldwin
 
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 iPhone
 On 22 Jun
 2014, at 18:59, "Merrianne" <timlot at comcast.net>
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 #yiv3277952078 Dear Marc,  Thank you for the reference.
 I’ve already placed it in my Abe Books shopping
 cart.  As you like photographs, you are
 probably familiar with the French museums’ site
 Joconde.    http://www.culture.gouv.fr/public/mistral/joconde_fr
   Several months ago, I discovered the early
 20th century black and white photographs by Carle
 Naudot of the Camargue, southern France, etc. that can be
 retrieved by using the search feature on this website, which
 is a consortium of numerous regional French museums. This
 being summer, it is fun to search on Arles, Avignon, etc.
 and pull up various works associated or depicting these
 places.  Best,Merrianne  From: ILDS [mailto:ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca]
 On Behalf Of Marc Piel
 Sent:
 Sunday, June 22, 2014 12:14 PM
 To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
 Subject: Re: [ilds] A Great Unrecorded
 History: A New Life of E.M. FORSTER by Wendy Moffat,
 PICADOR, New York, 2010  Hi
 Merrianne,
 There is another book on
 Alexandria that is very good:
 "Alexandrie l'Egyptienne" by
 Carlos Freire with photos by Robert Solé published by STOCK
 in 1998, in which there are lots of photos of places
 mentioned in the AQ.
 Regards,
 Marc PielLe 22/06/14 17:59, Merrianne
 a écrit :This morning, I looked at the
 textbook we used for our urban development and history
 course taught by Janet Abu-Lughod at AUC. You can read a
 short bio for her on Wikipedia. Abu-Lughod’s book Cairo:
 1001 Years of the City Victorious was a groundbreaking work
 on the subject of Cairo’s evolution (and indirectly that
 of Alexandria). I don’t see any reference in her
 book to British in association with the word “colonial.”
 She refers to the British in the context of
 “occupation.”  In addition, she provides an
 excellent overview regarding the khedivial reform of Egypt,
 with its various French interludes, including the Parisian
 architectural fabric of Cairo and Alexandria. If anyone is
 interested in serious research regarding the architecture of
 the late 19th/early 20th century, I
 recommend three works that I purchased in Egypt, but
 probably obtainable via ILL: Nihal Tamraz,
 Nineteenth-Century Cairene Houses and Palaces
 (American University in Cairo Press, 1998) – Which
 includes parallels to the “tower” of Durrell’s
 villa.Le Caire – Alexandrie
 architectures européennes (Institut Français
 d’Archéologie Orientale, 2001)Cynthia Myntt, Paris Along the
 Nile: Architecture in Cairo from the Belle Epoque
 (American University I Cairo Press, 2003) I haven’t had a chance to check
 to see if Michael Haag cites these works, but I am sure he
 is familiar with them. In addition, you might wish to
 investigate the website of the organization ASTENE
 (Association of the Study of the Ancient Near East and
 Egypt). I’ve been a member for years, and I believe their
 newsletters are available on their website. In addition, the old Tour Egypt
 website includes some interesting info on classic
 architecture of Cairo and Alexandria that Durrell would have
 been familiar with (in addition to some info on Durrell, I
 believe). This link (to one of my favorite hotels in Egypt
 will get you to the website … http://www.touregypt.net/egypt-info/magazine-mag09012000-mag8a.htm Merrianne From: ILDS [mailto:ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca]
 On Behalf Of Bruce Redwine
 Sent: Saturday, June 21, 2014 3:36 PM
 To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
 Cc: Bruce Redwine
 Subject: Re: [ilds] A Great Unrecorded
 History: A New Life of E.M. FORSTER by Wendy Moffat,
 PICADOR, New York, 2010 Yes.  A useful distinction.
  Thanks.  "Colonial" nowadays has highly
 pejorative connotations and generally applies to Western
 colonial empires (British, French, Belgian, German, Italian,
 and so on), as I understand the usage.  The Ambron family
 built the villa on rue Maamoun.  I believe the architecture
 is Venetian and could be attributed to or influenced by the
 Italian architect Alessandro Loria (architect of Hotel
 Cecil), who was Jewish.  But I'm guessing.  Since the
 Ambron family was Jewish, I'm also guessing that part of
 the problem of preserving the "colonial"
 architecture of Alexandria is its Jewish connections.
  Nasser's policy in Egypt was to eradicate Egypt's
 great Jewish heritage.  Hence the diaspora of Egyptians
 Jews since 1952 (read Aciman's Out of Egypt).
  Dr. Mohamed Awad, an architect and historian, is trying to
 save "old Alexandria," inclucing "colonial
 Alex," but that's not a popular endeavor in
 today's Egypt.  Erasing material culture may not
 "erase history," but it sure comes close.  So
 I'm thankful for Durrell's and Haag's
 Alexandrias — which keep the cultural
 memory alive. Bruce   On Jun 21, 2014, at 12:26 PM,
 Merrianne <timlot at comcast.net>
 wrote:
 
 
 I would suggest distinguishing
 between khedival and colonial when focusing on Alexandria
 and Cairo. What can be attributed to the modernization of
 Egypt by Muhammed Ali and Ismail during the
 19thcentury versus “colonial” rule of the
 British. I was fortunate to study the architecture of Cairo
 and Alexandria back in the early 70s, and this was the
 distinction that my professors made at the American
 University in Cairo. Durrell would have lived in both the
 khedival and colonial worlds of
 Egypt. From its founding by Alexander the
 Great, Alexandria was a city. It may have been annexed into
 empires as a province, but it always retained its identity
 and cosmopolitan nature. Merrianne From: ILDS [mailto:ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca] On
 Behalf Of Lee
 Sternthal
 Sent: Saturday,
 June 21, 2014 1:45 PM
 To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
 Subject: Re:
 [ilds] A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M.
 FORSTER by Wendy Moffat, PICADOR, New York,
 2010 Yeah, it's been a while
 since I read the post and my memory isn't what it used
 to be for details.  In any case, here's Haag's
 post.  I recall it being fascinating reading.
   http://michaelhaag.blogspot.com/2013/09/lawrence-durrells-house-in-alexandria.html
 On Jun 21,
 2014, at 11:08 AM, Odos <odos.fanourios at gmail.com>
 wrote:To the best of my knowledge,
 the Villa Ambron is still standing but slated for demolition
 -- Haag may have more current information.  Durrell wrote
 early drafts of the Quartet materials (Book of the Dead)
 there as well as preparing Prospero's
 Cell, though The
 Black Book was finished in 1937 only two years after
 his arrival on Corfu.  I sometimes wonder what it means to
 read Panic
 Spring and The
 Black Book as works written in an overlapping period --
 the style varies enormously, but the concerns are remarkably
 similar in many respects, just a bit more difficult to
 notice. As for colonial legacies, I
 think both perspective need to be acknowledged.  Razing
 history doesn't erase its legacy, and Alexandria
 certainly has a unique "colonial" history given
 the age and origins of the city.  That said, we recently
 held OMG XVIII on unceded Coast Salish territories, and I
 try to be very mindful of the fact that the terrain I
 inhabit (and which my family has inhabited for 166 years
 now) is very much colonial, and the growth of the colony
 comes very much at the expense of indigenous sites,
 terrains, practices, and attempts at restoration and
 restitution. Then again, the Vancouver I
 grew up in was cement, stone, and grey -- the Vancouver I
 live in today is steel and glass, and that's a
 reflection of another wave of immigration that some
 colonials resent...  As Haag hastens to point out, the
 colonial sites are also often the most cosmopolitan, and the
 injustice of history doesn't make it go
 away. All
 best,James
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