Lawrence Durrell

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Published: 06-05-2021



During sessions with his psychiatrist, Balthazar, their intricate love affair is cast in a radical, sinister light, illuminating a mysterious plot connected to a recent murder – but Lawrence Durrell’s dazzling, kaleidoscopic storytelling means that nothing is ever as it seems …

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Lose yourself in the thrilling political intrigue and tangled love affairs of wartime Egypt: Durrell’s epic modern classic, introduced by Alaa Al Aswany (bestselling author of The Yacoubian Building). Every interpretation of reality is based upon a unique position … As the threat of world war looms over the city of Alexandria, an exiled Anglo-Irish schoolteacher unravels his erotic obsession with two women: Melissa, a fragile dancer, and Justine, a glamorous married Egyptian woman. Through conversations with Balthazar, a doctor and mystic, these intricate love affairs are cast in an ominous, sinister new light, as his private fixations become entangled with a mysterious murder plot … One of the twentieth century’s greatest masterpieces, rich in political and sexual intrigue, Lawrence Durrell’s ‘investigation of modern love’ in the Alexandria Quartet set the world alight. Published in 1958, a year after the sensational Justine, the kaleidoscopic Balthazar burns just as brightly today. ‘Legendary … Casts a spell … A fine storyteller. Reader, watch out!’ Jan Morris, Guardian ‘A brave and brazen work … Lush and grandiose.’ Independent ‘One of the very best novelists of our time … [such] beauty.’ New York Times Book Review VOLUME TWO OF LAWRENCE DURRELL’S ALEXANDRIA QUARTET

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Dimensions 129 × 198 mm
Page Count 224