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

Marc Piel marc at marcpiel.fr
Tue Jun 24 02:53:19 PDT 2014


Thank you Peter for correcting me. I too was 
writing from memory and got the names inverted: 
Text by Carlos Freire and Photos by Robert Sole 
(with an accute accent on the e). On Page 27 there 
is a photo of the Ambron Villa.
@+
Marc

Le 24/06/14 06:11, PETER BALDWIN a écrit :
> 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
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On 22 Jun 2014, at 18:59, "Merrianne" 
> <timlot at comcast.net <mailto:timlot at comcast.net>> 
> wrote:
>
>> 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 
>> 20^th 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 
>> <mailto: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 Piel
>>
>> Le 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 19^th /early
>>     20^th 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
>>     <mailto: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
>>     <mailto: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 19^th century 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
>>         <mailto: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
>>         <mailto: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
>>
>>
>>             Sent from my iPad
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