martedì, giugno 06, 2006

Watson, l'indiano

27 maggio 2006 - Il giornale indiano The Hindustan Times ha publicato, lunedì 22 maggio 2006, un articolo nel quale si sosteneva che l'idea di mettere un Dr Watson affianco a Sherlock Holmes venne a un indiano di Lucknow, tale Dottor Mohammed Ebrahim Sufi, amico di Conan Doyle all'epoca...

Ecco la traduzione dell'articolo, per la quale ringrazio Marco Zatterin
“la realtà è talvolta più strana della finzione letteraria”. Questo è elementare! Quello che però elementare non è è che l’ubiquo Dottor watson, che per molti è l’alter ego di Acd, aveva un legame con Lucknow. Non è scontato, ma è vero.
Mentre il mondo si può considerare ampiamente in debito nei confronti di Doyle per aver creato il numero uno fra gli investigatori privati, Sherlock Holmes, in occasione del suo 147à compleanno (il 22 maggio), diamo un’occhiata al fatto poco noto sulla nascita del caro Watson, che si deve a un Lakhnavi.

In effetti, il dottor Watson non sarebbe apparso a fianco di SH se un caro amico di ACD, il dottor Mohammed Ebrahim Sufi di Lucknow, non glielo avesse suggerito. Dopo aver letto un manoscritto di ACd, fu Ebrahim che propose al Nahaws del Crimine di inventare un personaggio aggiuntivo quale collega di SH, un assistente personale che desse più pepe alle storie. ACd accolse l’idea del dottor Sufi e istantaneamente creò Dotto watson.

Questo è il modo in cui la Lucknow connection trovò il suo posto nell’universo di ACD. Alcuni ricercatori ritengono persino che ACd mandò W a combattere in Afghanistan come tributo all’influenza che L’oriente aveva su di lui. A l’Oriente, in questo caso, era il dotto Sufi.

Ma il Lucknow, principalmente per il significato storico che ha assunto nella storia britannica, appare numerose volte nei lavori di ACD e va ben oltre il legame fra Sufi, Watson e il Lucknow. Nel romanzo Il Segno dei Quattro, il nome del Lucknow appare mentre SH fuma la pipa e discute il caso con alcune persone. Nel capitolo intitolato “la strana storia di Jonathan Small”, ci sono due vicende dove la città di Nawab e il suo famoso ammutinamento sono menzionate.

Nota di Marco Zatterin: Lucknow è un distretto dell’India. Se ho capito bene le città principali sono Lucknow e Nawab. Non ho idea di chi sia il dottor Sufi.

Holmes found Watson, thanks to a LakhnaviHindustan Times of New Delhi, India (monday 22 may 2006), by Joyjit Ghosh
« Fact is sometimes stranger than fiction. That's elementary! What is not perhaps is the fact that the ubiquitous Dr Watson, who many say is the alter ego of his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself, should have a Lucknow connection! But that's true.As the world remains greatly indebted to Sir Doyle for his creation of the numero uno among detectives, Sherlock Holmes, on his 147th birth anniversary today (May 22), let's take a look at this little known fact about the 'birth' of dear Watson, all thanks to a Lakhnavi.In fact, Dr Watson would not have appeared along side Sherlock Holmes if Conan Doyle's close friend Dr Mohammed Ebrahim Sufi of Lucknow had not suggested it to him. After going through Conan Doyle's manuscript, it was Ebrahim who suggested it to the Nawab of crime fiction to invent an additional character as Sherlock Holmes' colleague and personal assistant to spice his stories up. Conan Doyle relished Dr Sufi's idea and instantly created the character of Dr Watson.And that's how the Lucknow connection found its place in the Doyle-Holmes scheme of things. Some researchers even feel that Conan Doyle sent Dr Watson to serve in the Afghan war because of the influence of the East on the author. And the East in his case was Dr Sufi.But Lucknow, much because of its historical significance in British India, recurs several times in Conan Doyle's variety of work and goes beyond the Dr Sufi-Lucknow-Watson link. In Conan Doyle's detective thriller 'Sign of Four' (1890), the name of Lucknow props up as the pipe-smoking detective Sherlock Holmes discusses a case with a few others. In the chapter titled, 'The Strange Story of Jonathan Small,' there are two narrations where the city of Nawabs and the famous Mutiny find a mention. »

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