[ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 99, Issue 11

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Sat Jul 25 08:13:20 PDT 2015


Richard,

Sadly, the lack of interest in the Durrells is, as you suggest, a “general phenomenon.”  That is my sense, anyway, here in California and the States as a whole.  But as James and others have noted, “Tastes change.”  Lawrence Durrell is owed a “second look,” and “second looks” happen all the time.  I recently read Grace Metalious’s Peyton Place for the first time.  When it came out in the late 1950s, contemporaneous with the Quartet, it was a sensation, synonymous with sex, and I, like most youths of my generation, skimmed it for the sexy scenes, which weren’t very many.  (“Peyton Place with camels,” LD said about the film version of Justine.)  But the book’s power lies elsewhere, and that has to do with American culture of the 50s.  Academics are now studying it for that.  Ardis Cameron has written a good book on the subject:  Unbuttoning America:  A Biography of “Peyton Place” (2015).  Maybe Justine is Peyton Place with mummies.

Bruce


> On Jul 25, 2015, at 12:28 AM, mail at durrelllibrarycorfu.org wrote:
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> Seeing Meta Cerar's message about the neglect of Lawrence Durrell in Slovenia recalls my previous correspondence with her, from the time when she was translating "Dark Labyrinth". Her account of how she was told quite unequivocally that there was no interest in LD seems to extend to GD also (Meta has also translated MFOA). Meta wants to translate more Durrell (both kinds) but there is, apparently, no market. Is the neglect of/disdain for/ignorance of LD and GD in the Slavic countries a general  phenomenon or is it limited to Slovenia?
> RP
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> Send ILDS mailing list submissions to ilds at lists.uvic.ca To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/ilds or, via email, send a message with subject or body 'help' to ilds-request at lists.uvic.ca You can reach the person managing the list at ilds-owner at lists.uvic.ca When replying, please edit your Subject line so it is more specific than "Re: Contents of ILDS digest..." Today's Topics: 1. dark labyrinth (Meta Cerar) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message: 1 Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:12:46 +0200 From: "Meta Cerar" To: Cc: ilds at lists.uvic.ca Subject: [ilds] dark labyrinth Message-ID: <749AA77AE5A8412194A1D4A029BD366C at userTHINK> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8" Hello, Laura, It was an incredibly pleasant surprise for me to have read on the ILDS list that you graduated with a thesis on the Dark Labyrinth. I graduated with a thesis on Alexandria Quartet years ago. A few years ago I translated the Dark Labyrinth into Slovenian language and at the time I was translating it there indeed was a wide discussion on the book on the ILDS list. I wonder if your thesis has an abstract in English, and if so, could you possibly send it to me? I would love to read it. If not I would be very happy if you could point out a few accents from your thesis. I'm so glad to hear there still are people who enjoy and appreciate Durrell's literature. In Slovenia he is not at all popular unfortunately. I do hope you will atttend next year's Durrell conference on Crete. I certainly plan to be there and am looking forward to meeting you. All best Marjeta Cerar Translator Ljubljana, Slovenia --- Ta e-po?ta je bila pregledana z Avast protivirusnim programom. https://www.avast.com/antivirus -------------- next part -------------- An HTML attachment was scrubbed... URL: ------------------------------ Subject: Digest Footer _______________________________________________ ILDS mailing list ILDS at lists.uvic.ca https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/ilds ------------------------------ End of ILDS Digest, Vol 99, Issue 11 ************************************
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