By Helena Wayne
Whereas a lot has been written in regards to the paintings of Malinowski, little is understood approximately his own existence. those letters, to be had for the 1st time, supply an perception of the fellow not only as instructor and scientist yet as a husband, father and buddy.
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Extra info for The Story of a Marriage: The Letters of Bronislaw Malinowski and Elsie Masson
I am certain that all the Dostoyevski moods were on this basis. And on the basis, of course, of the other thing, of which we never spoke, but which we feel very strongly…I always felt a strong taboo on all personal feelings towards you except deep admiration and unselfish devotion… I never thought of you in personal terms. Then the aspect changed so suddenly—and none of us dared to face the gulf between the two things…I do not even dare to think of your feelings and of the complication in them.
3–4 miles away, hidden in a nook of this vast harbour and distinguished insofar as it is the only village on the South Coast, where Sapisapi12 is made. It was delightful to sail again in a native canoe with an outline of the furry mop against the blue waters and hear the monotonous chant of the Motuan sailing song. I got quite satisfactory results both in collecting specimens and getting information. It is funny: you get just round the corner and there you are again in the real old Motuan world (with a bit of imagination of course) …certainly nothing like the Hanuabada villages in modernization.
You did get over that, in spite of scorning my prophecies… There were times of extreme reaction. One in particular…you had just come from a concert, and you looked different, smarter, bigger, more aloof. I had had a terrible evening [with a dying patient] …I cried and then ran out to meet you and you told me I had an orange nose! …We went a walk in entire disharmony…next day we met…I could not do without your help for the speech13 and began to see your idea of how to set about working at a subject… Another time coming home from the Khuners in the tram you practically confessed you were having a reaction.
The Story of a Marriage: The Letters of Bronislaw Malinowski and Elsie Masson by Helena Wayne