On 25 May, Colenso Books & the Delos Press published a further collection of poems by Lawrence Durrell, entitled The Fruitful Discontent of the Word.
Edited by Peter Baldwin, the collection includes poems from Durrell’s later works, Sicilian Carousel and Caesar’s Vast Ghost as well as from the 1969 collection Spirit of Place and from the Avignon Quintet. The poems from these four works have never been available separately before.
Download a flyer about the new collection, including details of how to obtain it, here —> Fruitful Discontent A4 flyer. Or you can email Colenso direct on colensobooks <at> gmail dot com.
I’ve been meaning to write a review of Michael Haag’s book, published last year to coincide with the very popular ITV TV series The Durrells, but life got in the way. Today, I came across Kathryn Hughes’ rather vitriolic review in The Guardian, posted almost a year ago, so I thought that by way of my own review I would simply address some of the points that Kathryn raises in her piece. Continue reading
AT RHODES (LAWRENCE DURRELL)
Anonymous hand, record one afternoon,
In May, some time before the fig-leaf:
Boats lying idle in the sky, a town
Thrown as on a screen of watered silk,
Lying on its side, reddish and soluble,
A sheet of glass leading down into the sea . . .
Down here an idle boy catches a cicada:
Imprisons it, laughing, in his sister’s cloak
In whose warm folds the silly creature sings.
Shape of boats, body of a young girl, cicada,
Conspire and join each other here,
In twelve sad lines against the dark.
The Villa Ambron, where Lawrence Durrell lived and worked in Alexandria, is in a deplorable state according to this Facebook post by Ahmed Essam.
The terrible state of the historic villa has also been noticed by political activist Essam Fathallah, who has called for action to save the city of Alexandria and its heritage, as Egyptian outlet Al Youm 7 reports.
Durrell was not the only artist to live in the villa — Egyptian painters Effat Nagy and Saad al-Khadem also resided there.
The Huffington Post has reprinted a letter from P.G. Wodehouse to Lawrence Durrell, in which the former explains how Jeeves came into being. Durrell was a great admirer of Wodehouse.
New York artist L.C. Armstrong has named the British novelist Lawrence Durrell as an influence on her work, citing his quote, “We are all children of our own landscape.”
An exhibition of recent work by Armstrong, Central Park Paintings, will open at the Marlborough Gallery in New York on February 13 and continue through March 16, 2013.
From Lawrence Durrell in conversation with Igor Pomerantsev. The full interview can be read here.