[ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 99, Issue 11

Meta Cerar meta.cerar at guest.arnes.si
Tue Aug 4 06:24:11 PDT 2015

Hello, Richard,


Sorry for the late reply but I was offline for a while and didn't read your
post. I'm afraid this neglect/disdain/ignorance or whatever you call it is
very much limited to Slovenia, rather than to other Slavic countries.
Durrell is certainly the least translated author into Slovenian language. In
Slovenia only AQ was published in the 1960s (with one reprint around 2000),
while there are translations of White Eagles, Antrobus and even Avignon
Quintet in Serbocroatian. It's a strangely paradoxical situation because
Durrell hated all about Yugoslavia while serving in Belgrade as a diplomat
and only liked a place in Slovenia called Bled (it reminded him of the
Himalayas). There is indeed a general aversion towards Durrell amongst the
Slovenian literary scholars and the reasons for it are manifold, well worth
a special examination. I discussed them in an article which remains
unfinished due to other obligations, but I plan to present it at the 2016
ILDS conference on Crete if it will be accepted. 

I am sorry Laura didn't present a summary of her thesis on the list, I would
be most interested.

All best Meta Cerar


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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?

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<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
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