[ilds] Is D Durrell?

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Wed Jul 23 09:24:41 PDT 2014

Brief note:

MacNiven lists "Count D." as a composite character, with Dr. Constantine 
Palatiano as the main inspiration (as reported by Stephanides).  Also, 
Eleftheria in the epilogue is Elie Papadimitriou, whom Durrell was 
publishing and boosting in Egypt.

As for expecting truthiness, Colbert told me to rewrite the Wiki on 
/PC/, so perhaps we can rely on tertiary sources to set us all straight 
on this one.  When I add Prospero's rough magic to Durrell's refracting 
dark crystal, I leave behind expectations of "truth is what is truth?"

I was struck while reading a book recently on fantasy fiction. The 
author argues that the defining generic trait of fantasy is that it 
presents a world that is not real, that is fantastical, hence requiring 
the reader to set aside expectations of reality or truth -- I'd always 
thought that was more general to fiction overall, and perhaps most 
creative non-fiction as well, and even a great deal of what I keep on my 
history shelf {he quietly whispers 'religion' here}.

Then again, I just finished teaching Lovecraft's /The Call of Cthulhu/, 
which has clay tablets, messages, documentary evidence, and even 
quotations from anthropological articles, and yet it still appears to be 
untrue.  Maybe Lovecraft wasn't just an awful racist (in fascinating 
ways to teach) but could even have been a liar when he wrote.  That 
would indeed be the straw that broke this camel's back...

All best,

On 2014-07-23, 8:26 AM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
> Robin, sounds like Laurence Sterne up to his old tricks.  Thanks for the link to the interview, a good one.
> Bruce
> On Jul 22, 2014, at 3:14 PM, Robin W Collins <robin.w.collins at gmail.com> wrote:
>> [Ken] writes:
>> "...but really, who else dedicates a book (at least in part) to himself! Or else
>> Bruce & I are mistaken. Or, a third option?"
>> How best to pretend (wink wink) D isn't Durrell when it is, to mock himself, than to dedicate the book to himself?
>> Interesting and entertaining interview you all probably have seen; maybe a few of you involved in doing it: http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/fms/Colleges/College%20of%20Humanities%20and%20Social%20Sciences/PEP/PDF_documents/Sociology/Beatson/Laurence%20Durrell%20Interview.pdf
>> Robin
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