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The Alexandria Quartet: Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, and Clea
by Lawrence Durrell
A four-part story of passion and betrayal in the Mediterranean—voted one of the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels of the twentieth century.  The Alexandria Quartet is a striking and sensuous masterpiece, breathing vivid life into each of its unforgettable characters and the dusty Mediterranean city in which they live. Set in...
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Judith: A Novel
by Lawrence Durrell
A breathtaking novel of passion and politics, set in the hotbed of Palestine in the 1940s, by a master of twentieth-century fictionIt is the eve of Britain’s withdrawal from Palestine in 1948, a moment that will mark the beginning of a new Israel. But the course of history is uncertain, and Israel’s territorial enemies plan to...
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Justine (The Alexandria Quartet Book 1)
by Lawrence Durrell
The acclaimed first novel of the Alexandria Quartet, and the celebrated story of an all-consuming love transcending time and placeSet in Alexandria, Egypt, in the years between World Wars I and II, Justine is the first installment in the distinguished Alexandria Quartet. Here Lawrence Durrell crafts an exquisite and challenging modern...
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Bitter Lemons of Cyprus: Life on a Mediterranean Island
by Lawrence Durrell
On a Mediterranean island divided, a man finds peace in a time of perilous unrest in this stunning memoirIn 1953, as the British Empire relaxes its grip upon the world, the island of Cyprus bucks for independence. Some cry for union with Athens, others for an arrangement that would split the island down the middle, giving half to the...
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The Avignon Quintet: Monsieur, Livia, Constance, Sebastian, and Quinx
by Lawrence Durrell
 From the visionary author of the Alexandria Quartet comes a landmark five-part series hailed by the Sunday Times as “one of the great novels of our time.” One of the most celebrated English writers ever, Lawrence Durrell was a bestselling author whose vivid metafictions pushed the boundaries of modern literature. The cosmopolitan...
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Prospero's Cell: A Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corfu
by Lawrence Durrell
From a member of the real-life family portrayed in The Durrells in Corfu , this memoir of the idyllic Greek island is “among the best books ever written” ( The New York Times ).   Before Lawrence Durrell became a renowned novelist, poet, and travel writer, he spent four youthful years on Corfu, an island jewel with beauty to...
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Clea (The Alexandria Quartet Book 4)
by Lawrence Durrell
The final installment of the Alexandria Quartet, hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “one of the most important works of our time” Years after his liaisons with Justine and Melissa, Darley becomes immersed in a relationship with Clea, a bisexual artist. The ensuing chain of events transforms not only the lovers, but...
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Mountolive (The Alexandria Quartet Book 3)
by Lawrence Durrell
The astounding third offering in Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet, a richly detailed and extraordinary expansion of the events of Justine and Balthazar David Mountolive is a British diplomat who views love as just another everyday transaction. But as romance turns to betrayal and secret alliances are exposed, Mountolive’s...
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The Lawrence Durrell Travel Reader
by Lawrence Durrell
Notes on travel from the Mediterranean’s sharpest observer Few men have traveled as wisely as Lawrence Durrell. Born in India, he lived in Corfu as a young man, enjoying salt air, cobalt water, and an unfettered bohemian lifestyle. Over the following decades, he rambled around the Mediterranean, making homes in Egypt, Cyprus...
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Sicilian Carousel: Adventures on an Italian Island
by Lawrence Durrell
In Sicily, a travel writer honors the memory of a departed friendDespite decades spent writing poetic evocations of the timeless pleasures of life in the Mediterranean, Lawrence Durrell had never set foot on the sea’s largest island: mysterious, impenetrable Sicily. For years his friend Martine begged him to visit her on this...
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The Black Book: A Novel
by Lawrence Durrell
“The first piece of work by a new English writer to give me any hope for the future of prose fiction.” —T. S. Eliot As over-the-top as it is inventive, Durrell’s breakthrough novel is a series of sordid vignettes drawn from the lives of decadent artists, doomed bohemians, and continental rascals inhabiting a shabby London hotel...
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Balthazar (The Alexandria Quartet Book 2)
by Lawrence Durrell
The deeply affecting second novel of theAlexandria Quartet, which boldly questions perception and the nature of contemporary love In Alexandria, Egypt, in the years before World War II, Durrell’s narrator, Darley, seeks to fully understand his sexual obsession with two women: the infamous Justine, and Melissa, a dancer. In...
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Reflections on a Marine Venus: A Companion to the Landscape of Rhodes
by Lawrence Durrell
With the Second World War over, a weary Durrell seeks peace on an ancient isleIslomania is a disease not yet classified by Western science, but to those afflicted its symptoms are all too recognizable. Men like Lawrence Durrell are struck by a powerful need to live on the ancient islands of the Mediterranean, where the clear blue Aegean...
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Monsieur: Or, The Prince of Darkness (The Avignon Quintet Book 1)
by Lawrence Durrell
From the olive trees of southern France to Gnostic cults in Egypt, a man and his lovers are invented and reinvented in this first volume of a great literary adventure.   For British doctor Bruce Drexel, a return to Provence is bittersweet. Here, at a rustic chateau, he once fell in love with Sylvie, the Frenchwoman who would...
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The Dark Labyrinth: A Novel
by Lawrence Durrell
Who will survive the Labyrinth of Crete?A group of English cruise-ship tourists debark to visit the isle of Crete’s famed labyrinth, the City in the Rock. The motley gathering includes a painter, a poet, a soldier, an elderly married couple, a medium, a convalescent girl, and the mysterious Lord Gracean. The group is prepared for a...
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White Eagles Over Serbia: A Novel
by Lawrence Durrell
A British secret agent on a dangerous mission to solve a fellow spy’s murderAfter some especially taxing missions, seasoned secret agent Methuen wants nothing more than to take a long, relaxing fishing trip. But after a fellow British spy is killed in the remote mountains of Serbia, Methuen is called back into action. What follows is a...
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Blue Thirst: Tales of Life Abroad
by Lawrence Durrell
A pair of lectures from one of the twentieth century’s most mesmerizing speakersLawrence Durrell was in his early twenties when, tired of the stiffness of London life, he took his family to live in Corfu. Interwar Greece, whose hard beds and mosquito swarms Durrell documented so tenderly in Prospero’s Cell, was no more. In the first...
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Spirit of Place: Letters and Essays on Travel
by Lawrence Durrell
The definitive collection of travel writings by one of the twentieth century’s best-loved journeyersFrom the moment of his birth, Lawrence Durrell was far from home. A British child in India, he was sent to England to receive an education, and by his early twenties had already tired of his native land. With family in tow, he departed...
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Esprit de Corps: Sketches from Diplomatic Life (Faber paper covered editions)
by Lawrence Durrell
Eleven charming, delicate sketches of diplomatic life in service of the crown After decades spent representing Britain around the globe, Antrobus has earned a shirtful of medals and the right to pass afternoons in his London club, musing over old times. His memory is long, and every old embarrassment still rankles—no matter how...
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Stiff Upper Lip: Life Among the Diplomats
by Lawrence Durrell
In this boisterous story collection, mischief abounds in the quiet corners of the British Empire on which the sun never setsAs the overseer of the kitchen at the British embassy in Vulgaria, De Mandeville has begun to abuse his power. He subjects the King’s guests to a blistering Madras curry, a French onion soup served without spoons...
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A Smile in the Mind's Eye: An Adventure into Zen Philosophy
by Lawrence Durrell
Durrell’s remarkable memoir of his spiritual journey with famed Taoist philosopher Jolan ChangBeginning with their first meeting over lunch at Lawrence Durrell’s Provencal home, Durrell and Jolan Chang—renowned Taoist philosopher and expert on Eastern sexuality—developed an enduring relationship based on mutual spiritual...
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Tunc (The Revolt of Aphrodite Book 1)
by Lawrence Durrell
A scientist discovers that his famous invention leads to a dangerous outcomeFelix Charlock’s scientific genius is unrivaled—and so is his very special invention. So special, in fact, that a shadowy and enigmatic international firm, called Merlin, recruits Felix and marries him into the family. He is betrothed to the erratic Merlin...
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Sauve Qui Peut: Stories
by Lawrence Durrell
For the British delegation to Vulgaria, no problem is too small to become a crisis in this lively story collection of diplomatic misadventureIn the words of Antrobus, master diplomat in the King’s service, diplomacy was once “a quiet and restful trade carried on in soothing inanity among a hundred shady legations and embassies all...
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Nunquam (The Revolt of Aphrodite Book 2)
by Lawrence Durrell
Will a desperate scientist’s mastery of technology save him—or be his undoing? The ominous and compelling sequel to Durrell’s Tunc finds gifted inventor Felix Charlock called upon by the sinister international firm, Merlin, to apply his scientific prowess to a seemingly impossible project. He must literally reinvent his lost lover...
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The Best of Antrobus: Tales of Diplomatic Misadventure
by Lawrence Durrell
The finest of Lawrence Durrell’s classic short stories of diplomatic mischiefDark is the day when culture comes to Sczbog. The capital of Vulgaria, nestled snugly behind the Iron Curtain, has long been devoid of higher thought, and that is the way the men in the British embassy like it. But when the French embassy gives a lecture on...
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Livia: Or, Buried Alive (The Avignon Quintet Book 2)
by Lawrence Durrell
At the dawn of World War II, Livia and her sister Constance commit themselves to separate sides of a historic struggle in the second volume of the Avignon Quintet. The second book of Durrell’s inventive and inspiring Avignon Quintet, Livia follows the currents of longing and regret, and the shifting illusions of memory, that began in...
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Selected Poems of Lawrence Durrell
by Lawrence Durrell
In this new selection from the poetry of Lawrence Durrell (the first for thirty years), Peter Porter has drawn on the full range of the published work, from A Private Country (1943) to Vega (1973), and has provided a long overdue revaluation of Durrell's poetic career. In his detailed and generous introduction, Porter makes the case...
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Constance: Or, Solitary Practices (The Avignon Quintet Book 3)
by Lawrence Durrell
With the Second World War in full fury, Constance must explore the psyche of a mad world in order to save herself and those closest to her in the third volume of the Avignon Quintet. Durrell’s beautiful Avignon Quintet continues with this harrowing, tumultuous installment. Here the protagonist is Constance, a psychoanalyst and mystic...
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Quinx: Or, The Ripper's Tale (The Avignon Quintet Book 5)
by Lawrence Durrell
In the final volume of Lawrence Durrell’s Avignon Quintet, a hunt for ancient treasure buried in southern France lays bare the flawed philosophies that animated the great tragedies of the Second World War   Just after World War II, a motley assortment of treasure hunters, mystics, psychoanalysts, and former Nazis race to...
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The Black Book
by Lawrence Durrell
Author's first novel, product of a lengthy correspondence with Henry Miller and published by the later for Jack Kahane in the late '30s. Laid the groundwork for Durrell's earth-shattering Alexandria Quartet decades later.
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