Dame Marina Warner – Inventory of a Life Mislaid – An Unreliable Memoir
Marina Warner charts her childhood in the tumultuous Egypt of the 1950s. Her beautiful, penniless young mother, Ilia, leaves Italy in 1945 to travel to London alone. Her husband, Esmond, is still away at war in the East. Upon his return, and without prospect, they move to Cairo and open an English bookshop, a branch of WH Smith’s. But growing resistance to foreign interests, especially British, erupts in the 1952 uprising in which the bookshop burns. Both historical and speculative, Marina’s memoir powerfully resurrects the fraught union and unrequited hopes of her parents where memory intertwines with myth.
An illustrated talk, in conversation with Prue Keely
|When: Wednesday 10th November 2021 @ 2.30 pm|
|Where: The Bull Ballroom|
|Sponsored by: Jim Bartos|