Ernest HEMINGWAY, son bateau, la pêche et Paris est une fête.

Ernest HEMINGWAY, son bateau, la pêche et Paris est une fête.

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Lettre autographe signée « Papa » à son ami Roberto Herrera.

Deux page in-8° sur papier à en-tête de l’hôtel Ritz.

« I must get back to work and try to make some money. »

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Ernest HEMINGWAY (1899.1961)

Lettre autographe signée « Papa » à son ami Roberto Herrera.

Deux pages in-8° sur papier à en-tête de l’hôtel Ritz.

(Paris) 27 décembre 1957. Début de lettre en espagnol, puis en anglais.

 

Belle lettre d’Hemingway, d’humeur morose, réglant tout d’abord quelques détails matériels relatifs à sa famille et à son fils Bumby, avant d’évoquer sa passion de la pêche, son célèbre bateau Pilar et sa maison deFinca Vigia. Taciturne, il s’attarde sur le conflit israélo-palestinien de 1957: “The only people who did good business this year were the Jews killing Arabs”. Il confie également la nécessité de se remettre à ses travaux littéraires : « I must get back to work and try to make some money» et son prochain retour à Cuba.

« Muy querido monstruo, muchas gracias para tu carta de 18. Menos mal que todo ha pasado bien. Hoy escribi a Gigi mandando sus cheques en el primer address of his I had since he left the Finca. You have probably seen Bumby and family. A letter from him yesterday said they were arriving today. I sent him today checks for René for the month and the weeks of January. Everything paid  until the 1stof February. I hope to be back in the first week of February. Mary will leave to go to Minneapolis from NY to see her mother. She is now under complete nursing care and I must get back to work and try to make some money. Don’t know how will write on the no eat no drink bases but I suppose a little more anyway than dead. The photos of the boat are very good. Thank you very much. Now there are no more fish. I don’t know what we can do with boat. But maybe the fish will come back. I think the buoyo have pretty well killed them off and the current certainly seems to have …. But maybe things will change. Feel gloomy today. We sail back on the 23rdon Ile de France and I will come down as soon as I can. Mary’s mother abandoned Christian Science for herself as soon as she had any pain. Christian Science was good for her husband she thought and let him have it until his bladder burst. And then made him stop taking medicine (hormone) against the cancer. But when she couldn’t sleep at night (on account of sleeping all day) she demanded to leave the CS. (…) Now she has been in hospital and is very much better, and is now in good nursing home. So if you know any good stories tell them to me so I can write them and keep everybody well paid and happy up in Minneapolis. Sorry things are so dull there. The only people who did good business this year were the Jews killing Arabs. It was a good thing you didn’t go with the circus though. (…) Hope Bumby and family will leave some of the Finca intact. Best always from your old friend and socio. Papa. Enclosed is Christmas. Best to all. Papa. »

Roberto Herrera, ami espagnol d’Hemingway, s’occupait des affaires de l’écrivain et de sa maison de Finca Vigia à Cuba lors de ses voyages hors de l’île.

C’est au cours de l’été 1957, date de notre lettre, qu’Hemingway débuta la rédaction d’un texte qu’il projetait de titrer Vignettes parisiennes. Mary Hemingway en choisit finalement le titre : Paris est une fêteLe grand écrivain écrivit ce livre à Cuba, en Espagne, et, bien sûr, dans la capitale française. Le texte n’est pas fini quand l’auteur  se donne la mort en 1961. L’ouvrage sera publié à titre posthume en 1964.

 

 

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