The representative of literary minorityGrigory Dashevsky about “ I am Ilajdzha Trash “
The publishers to us are more persevering than James Pardi inspire that it is necessary to read each book published by them, the it seems neobjazatelnost books of series Creme de la creme more humanly. In whatever book supermarket the book of this series to buy, it seems to you that you have casually come across it at the secondhand bookseller. The next book of a series “ I am Ilajdzha Trash “ James Pardi (V.Nugatova`s transfer) - an exemplary example such antiquarian neobjazatelnosti.
James Pardi name often “ one of the most mysterious figures of the post-war American literature “. All life he writes stories, novels, verses, plays, where phantom characters, embodiments “ secret forces of soul “ pose in affected and cruel scenes. But its books, how many literary destiny are mysterious not so much. Its beginning is similar to set of the American stories about literary Cinderellas. He was born in 1923 in Ohio, has started to write since eight years, but its stories came back from publishers with destroying responses. At last, there was an admirer who has published its book privately. And suddenly Pardi receives the letter from English poetess Edit Situell, the ruler of thoughts of that time: “ your stories - masterpieces, magnificent, heart-breaking, you the great writer “. It publish in England, then both in America, and in 1960 he moves to New York - towards to glory. It gets acquainted with Gorom Vidalom, Truman Kapote, Tennesi Williams. When there is a novel “ Malkolm “ Doroti Parker declares it “ miracle of ink and papers “ and Edward Olbi dramatizes for the Broadway. Pardi over and over again retells this fairy tale on success in interview - and retells with bitterness and exasperation because the fairy tale did not have a continuation. Praises of celebrities, acquaintances in homosexual beau monde of New York, transfers into the European languages - nothing has helped. Pardi and has not received a strong place in the literature, there was no it and the cult author, and remained not estimated, poor, lonely.
why so left? One critics consider that to its books their not clear genre accessory - whether surrealism, whether a gothic style, whether the gay - the literature has damaged. Others that Pardi with its archaic representation about homosexuality as about a secret wound has appeared is not necessary during an epoch of struggle of homosexuals for the rights. The third cynically assume what to enter into a pantheon to it more timely death would help. Pardi says that “ insensible, hypocritical, stagnant literary establishment of New York “ should reject such rebel, as it. Probably, to it simply has not carried. In 1960 - h, it was necessary to it to move to New York as its well-known trustees and admirers have started to die. And in 1990 - h Derek Dzharmen as soon as has wanted to shoot a film under its novel " has died; Narrow rooms “ and now to this novel the despaired publishers and write to summaries: “ the Book, on which Dzharmen wanted to shoot a film “. Only last years its books have again remembered. In 2005 of Mountains Saw has written about it an enthusiastic sketch (reprinted in the Russian edition of the novel “ Malkolm “) And in 2006 - the m of Pardi has received from Dzhonatana Franzena, the author well-known “ Amendments “ the award of Clifton Fedimana who is handed over “ nezasluzhenno to the forgotten American prose writers “ for choice the modern recognised writer.
a novel plot “ I am Ilajdzha Trash “ (on - anglijski left in 1972) it is simple: the innocent and fine black young man serves as the intermediary for two white old men and secretly feeds with the blood of an eagle and when lovers reunite, the eagle disappears also the young man turns to the old man. Who read James Pardi`s novel “ Malkolm “ left on - russki two years ago, of course, at once learns here the same history about unfortunate innocence - and will remember the boy on a bench and about its circulation to the addresses received from the astrologist. As it always also happens to grotesque imaginations, from “ Malkolma “ only separate subjects and phrases - a bench, " were remembered; you my favourite " address; That is the elementary elements lyrical, instead of prosaic property. But in “ Ilajdzhe Trashe “ we are waited by the same history about an innocent being on service of passionate old men, the same sjurrealnyj surroundings, and here engraved in the memory subjects and phrases already are not present. Or is, but only for those readers who are ready to recover schemes of Pardi a private experience - whether how the hero of the novel feeds with the blood of an eagle whether how we recover the sentimentality antiquarian things.
Tver: Kolonna Publications, 2008