By L. J. Davis
L.J. Davis's 1971 novel, A significant Life, is a blistering black comedy concerning the American quest for redemption via genuine property and a gritty photograph of latest York urban in cave in. simply out of faculty, Lowell Lake, the Western-born hero of Davis's novel, heads to big apple, the place he plans to make it huge as a author. as a substitute he reveals a role as a technical editor, at which he toils away whereas ardour leaks out of his marriage to a pleasant Jewish lady. Then Lowell discovers a gorgeous crumbling mansion in a crime-ridden component to Brooklyn, and opposed to all suggestion, let alone his wife's will, sinks his each penny into purchasing it. He quits his task, strikes in, and spends day and evening on demolition and building. finally he has a project: he will dig up the misplaced background of his apartment; he'll repair it to its prior grandeur. he'll make solid on every thing that's long past incorrect together with his lifestyles, and he'll even homicide to do it.
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The Council of Egypt Vella is working on is, literally, that. It is also, as its wonderfully ambiguous title linguistically indicates, "d'Egitto" (of Egypt), but also, in popular Italian, something that is Page 15 merely a figment of the imaginationa fabrication, a forgery; or, to use Sciascia's own term, an "impostura," a fraud. Il Gattopardo also deals at one point with an impostura, that of the manipulated results of the plebiscite votes at Donnafugata, but whereas in Tomasi's novel it is a minor concern for both protagonist and author (and I consciously and deliberately distinguish between them; Don Fabrizio and Giuseppe Tomasi are not one and the same), 5 in Sciascia's novel it is an overriding concern historically and, indeed, existentially.
In adapting the Polish play Danton for filming, screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere grossly distorted well-known historical facts and created fictitious situations with the object of making Robespierre the villain of the French Revolution and Danton its hero. Both scholars and film critics excoriated the director and the screenwriter for willful distortion. The French were particularly incensed because they have always regarded Robespierre as the true hero of the Revolution. Carriere and Wadja defended themselves in ways similar to Aristotle, claiming that it is not the business of the artist to record facts.
Carriere and Wadja defended themselves in ways similar to Aristotle, claiming that it is not the business of the artist to record facts. Facts in themselves are value neutral. They convey no message immutable for all time. They mean different things to different societies and to different ages. It is the artist's job to discern and convey message and meaning, not to cater to popular sentiment. Still, the controversy surrounding the film indicates that if directors diverge too far from traditional viewpoints their work will gain acceptance only with difficulty.
A Meaningful Life by L. J. Davis