[ilds] Arabic translation of Alexandria Quartet

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Mon Mar 23 15:12:33 PDT 2015

Alas, I don't have the language skills to find out, but perhaps someone 
on the list will?

The hostility seems entirely understandable given the depictions, but at 
the same time, and as I point out in /Personal Moderisms/, Durrell was 
the person who sent Albert Cossery's first book /Men God Forgot/ to 
America for publication and helped him financially.  I also just 
discovered that (and am waiting for a copy) Durrell wrote a tribute to 
Georges Henein (in French) after lamenting not being able to publish him 
in /Personal Landscape/.  There may be more complexity afoot than has 
seemed obvious.


On 2015-03-23 3:05 PM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
> It would be interesting to know what the recent sales are for the
> /Quartet/ in Arabic translation.  Presumably there must be a market in
> 2009.  During the Durrell Celebration held in Alexandria, back in 2007,
> the Egyptian audience voiced a good deal of hostility towards LD and his
> portrayal of Egyptians in the /Quartet./
> /
> /
> Bruce
>> On Mar 23, 2015, at 2:16 PM, James Gifford <james.d.gifford at gmail.com
>> <mailto:james.d.gifford at gmail.com>> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I remember someone asking quite a while ago if there was an Arabic
>> translation of the Alexandria Quartet.  Well, look no more!
>> http://www.worldcat.org/title/rubaiyat-al-iskandariyah-riwayah-3-mawint-ulif/oclc/824469555
>> The link is only to Mountolive, but the translator's name calls up the
>> other 3.
>> Durrell, Lawrence. /Rubajjat al-Iskandarijja/. 1992. Trans. Fakhrī
>> Labīb. al-Qāhirah: Dār al-Shurūq, 2009.
>> I think it's been put out in four volume in a bundle or separated,
>> like the USA Penguin edition.
>> All best,
>> James
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