Monday, November 26. 2007
Continued from Part 1;
Words of Mercury
WORDS OF MERCURY (John Murray, 2003) is a collection of various pieces of the writing of Patrick Leigh Fermor made by Artemis Cooper. Ms Artemis has selected extracts from Paddy's books, but also articles and even his own account of the abduction of Gereral Kreipe in Crete which he wrote for the Imperial War Museum.
I'd like to approach WORDS OF MERCURY through the review (dated December 13, 2003) of the book by William Dalrymple (see The Christians of Syria) for The Guardian. Dalrymple writes -
The book also contains a short but perceptive biographical introduction that raises the curtain on the full-scale biography of Leigh Fermor that Cooper is currently researching. In this there is a nice interplay between the revelations of the biographer and the prewar reticence of her subject.
In the introduction, for example, Cooper reveals that at the beginning of the war Paddy was living with Balasha Cantacuzene, "the first great love of his life", on a rambling Moldavian estate. This echoes intriguingly with Leigh Fermor's own moving but far more tight-lipped account, a little later in the book, of revisiting Romania to find his old friend as soon as the country was opened up to foreign travel in 1965 - for Paddy himself makes no hint that the two had once been lovers, beyond saying that both she and her sister were "good, beautiful, courageous, gifted, imaginative, immersed in literature and the arts, kind, funny, unconventional; everybody loved them and so did I".
It is the most tragic of tales. For after being separated from his beloved, first by the war and then by the drawing of the iron curtain, Leigh Fermor finally managed to track down Balasha, a quarter of a century later, living in poverty in a Bucharest garret, surviving by teaching English, French and painting. Her lands had been confiscated.
The day Ceausescu's commissar turned up, she and her sister had been given a quarter of an hour to pack. The house had subsequently been turned into a lunatic asylum: "We found them in their attic. In spite of the interval, the fine looks of my friends, the thoughtful clear glance and the humour were all intact; it was as though we had parted a few months ago, instead of twenty-six years.
... [But] early thoughts of leaving Rumania lapsed in the end, and they resisted the idea partly from feeling it was too late in the day; secretly, perhaps they also shrank from being a burden to anyone. One by one the same dread illness carried them away. They wrote many and brilliant letters. For some people under alien regimes, life is lived vicariously, pen in hand."
So Balasha Cantacuzene was "the first great love of his life" with whom Patrick Leigh Fermor had lived before the outbreak of the Second World War. And Paddy revisted Balasha in Rumania after her family had lost everything and Balasha was living in a garret.
I'll return next time to WORDS OF MERCURY to flesh out this account.
To be continued
Display comments as (Linear | Threaded)
Thank you for some other wonderful post. Where else may anyone get that
type of information in such a perfect means of writing?
I have a presentation subsequent week, and I am on the
search for such information.
#1 lord of the rings blu planet of the apes blu ray box set review lord of the ring (Homepage) on 2014-02-20 03:36 (Reply)
If some one wishes expert view regarding blogging then i propose him/her to go to see this blog,
Keep up the good work.
Hey! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from an established blog.
Is it very difficult to set up your own blog? I'm not very techincal but I can figure
things out pretty quick. I'm thinking about creating my own but I'm not sure where to
start. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Many thanks|
This is the perfect site for everyone who really wants to
understand this topic. You know a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really would want to…HaHa).
You definitely put a brand new spin on a subject that's been discussed for years.
Wonderful stuff, just great!|
Have you ever considered publishing an ebook or guest authoring
on other sites? I have a blog based upon on the same subjects you discuss and would love to have you share some
stories/information. I know my visitors would appreciate your work.
If you're even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.
Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed
browsing your blog posts. In any case I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very
That is a good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.
Simple but very accurate information… Thank you for sharing this one.
A must read article!
First off I would like to say great blog! I had a quick question which I'd like to ask
if you do not mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear
your head prior to writing. I have had trouble clearing my
mind in getting my thoughts out. I truly do take pleasure in writing but
it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips?
I got this website from my pal who informed me on the topic of
this site and now this time I am browsing this site and reading very informative articles here.
Now I am going away to do my breakfast, later than having
my breakfast coming again to read further news.
Thanks a lot for sharing this with all folks you actually recognize what you are talking about!
Bookmarked. Please also consult with my site =).
We can have a link alternate arrangement between us
At this time I am ready to do my breakfast, after
having my breakfast coming yet again to read additional news.
You actually make it appear so easy with your presentation but I to find this topic to be
really something which I think I'd never understand.
It seems too complex and very broad for me. I'm looking ahead on your
subsequent post, I'll attempt to get the cling of it!
When I initially commented I clicked the "Notify me when new comments are added" checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four e-mails
with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
Please let me know if you're looking for a article writer
for your blog. You have some really good articles and I
feel I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I'd absolutely love to write some content for your blog in exchange for a link back
to mine. Please shoot me an e-mail if interested. Thank you!
We are a bunch of volunteers and opening a brand new scheme in our community.
Your site provided us with useful information to work on.
You've performed an impressive job and our entire community might be grateful
Hello there! This is my first comment here so
I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading through your blog posts.
Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums
that go over the same topics? Many thanks!|
Howdy, There's no doubt that your web site may be having browser compatibility issues.
When I look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in Internet Explorer,
it has some overlapping issues. I just wanted to provide you with a quick
heads up! Aside from that, fantastic site!|
Heya are using Wordpress for your blog platform?
I'm new to the blog world but I'm trying to get started and
set up my own. Do you require any coding expertise to make your own blog?
Any help would be really appreciated!
Your means of explaining all in this post is really good, all be capable of easily understand it,
Thanks a lot.
I am sure this post has touched all the internet people, its really really
pleasant article on building up new web site.
If some one desires expert view concerning blogging
afterward i suggest him/her to pay a visit this weblog, Keep up the nice job.
I am extremely impressed with your writing skills as well
as with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself?
Either way keep up the nice quality writing,
it is rare to see a nice blog like this one nowadays.
Hurrah, that's what I was exploring for, what a material!
present here at this webpage, thanks admin of this website.
This excellent website certainly has all of the info I needed about this subject
and didn't know who to ask.
#188.8.131.52.1.2 http://braveyong.nayana.com/xe/?document_srl=100726 (Homepage) on 2014-10-15 15:44 (Reply)
Hey! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with SEO?
I'm trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted
keywords but I'm not seeing very good results. If you know of any please share.
Greetings from Florida! I'm bored to tears
at work so I decided to check out your blog on my iphone during lunch break.
I love the knowledge you present here and can't wait to take
a look when I get home. I'm shocked at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone ..
I'm not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, superb blog!
An outstanding share! I've just forwarded this onto a friend who has been doing a little research on this.
And he actually ordered me lunch because I stumbled upon it for him...
lol. So let me reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!!
But yeah, thanks for spending some time to talk about
this subject here on your website.
Hello! This post could not be written any better! Reading
this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to
him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!
#184.108.40.206.2 http://www.thebaseballpage.com/content/musclebuilding-information-3-acquire-musc (Homepage) on 2014-10-20 15:04 (Reply)
Do you have a spam problem on this site; I also am a blogger, and I was wondering your situation;
we have developed some nice procedures and we are
looking to swap strategies with other folks, why not shoot me an e-mail if interested.
Have you used blog sites for SEO? I was told by a friend that they are meant to be the best but
not sure if they have any benefitpost panda
p.s Never take guidance from people on the Warrior Forums haha
What's up, its pleasant article on the topic
of media print, we all be familiar with media is a enormous source of facts.
I'm really enjoying the design and layout of your blog.
It's a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me
to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme?
#220.127.116.11.1 http://conitphutthoi.com/3-of-the-foods-which-might-be-greatest-to-lose-weight-2 (Homepage) on 2014-10-27 08:53 (Reply)
Hello, yeah this post is in fact nice and I have learned lot of things from it
regarding blogging. thanks.
hello!,I love your writing so a lot! share we keep in touch extra approximately your post on AOL?
I require an expert on this area to unravel my problem.
May be that is you! Having a look forward to see you.
Syndicate This Blog