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The Alexandria Quartet

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The Alexandria Quartet - Lawrence Durrell Summary

Rediscover one of the twentieth century's greatest romances in Lawrence Durrell's seductive tale of four tangled lovers in wartime Egypt that is 'stunning' (André Aciman) and 'wonderful' (Elif Shafak). 'A masterpiece.' Guardian 'A formidable, glittering achievement.' TLS 'One of the great works of English fiction.' Times 'Dazzlingly exuberant ... Superb.' Observer 'Brave and brazen ... Lush and grandiose.' Independent 'Legendary ... Casts a spell ... Reader, watch out!' Guardian 'Lushly beautiful ... One of the most important works of our time.' NYTBR Alexandria, Egypt. Trams, palm trees and watermelon stalls lie honey-bathed in sunlight; in darkened bedrooms, sweaty lovers unfurl. But in a world trembling on the brink of the Second World War, passion and death are inextricable. When Darley, a penniless schoolteacher, begins an affair with Justine - a married Egyptian woman of unparalleled glamour - their partners, Melissa and Nessim, are sucked into a whirlpool of jealousy and violence. One of the twentieth-century's greatest romances, Lawrence Durrell's scandalous 'investigation of modern love' set the world alight in 1957. Rich in political and sexual intrigue, his epic masterpiece burns just as brightly today. Introduced by Jan Morris, this oomnibus edition collects all four novels together in all their glory. What Readers Are Saying - Justine (Book 1): 'Sometimes you discover a new author and know you're going to be friends for life ... One of the most beautiful books I've ever read.' 'I absolutely adored this book ... I felt sucked into it with an amazing force by the beauty of the words ... The backdrop of 1930s Egypt's literary circles and bohemian relationships is mesmerising ... Breathtaking.' 'Shimmering and dreamlike ... One of the most beautifully written books I've read ... All of life is here; can't wait for the next one.' 'Lush, brutal, beautiful ... Durrell captured a place and time that will never exist again.' 'What makes this novel truly spectacular is the language, the episodic jumps in time, the lush lyricism, and how Durrell so deftly manages to tie this all into both the city of Alexandria and the themes of passion, love, and jealousy. '.

A Psychoanalytic Study of Lawrence Durrell’s The Alexandria Quartet

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A Psychoanalytic Study of Lawrence Durrell’s The Alexandria Quartet - Rony Alfandary Summary

A Psychoanalytic Study of Lawrence Durrell’s The Alexandria Quartet: Exile and Return focuses on the dialogue created by literature and psychoanalysis in an individual’s quest to explore existential issues, such as a sense of belonging to a homeland and a recurring sense of the Uncanny (das unheimliche). Rony Alfandary explores Durrell’s attempt to recreate a sense of belonging to a homeland, which perhaps never existed but can be retraced and reinvented through writing. This book studies some issues present in Durrell’s work: the connection between biographical and fictional elements in the study of literature the influence of early Freudian theoretical themes upon the writer later influences including post-modern and hermeneutic theories The life and work of Lawrence Durrell can serve as a prototype of a man’s quest for meaning, in a world caught in turmoil in the period between and during WW2. The author’s psychoanalytic exploration of the work and its relevance to human experience today, shows how the themes Durrell dealt with remain relevant. Alfandary highlights the ways in which his usage of several author narrative styles exemplifies the divergent and often contradictory nature of "Truth", emerging rather as multi-layered, multi-voiced and often torn sense of human subjectivity. A Psychoanalytic Study of Lawrence Durrell’s The Alexandria Quartet: Exile and Return demonstrates Durrell’s strong influence by psychoanalytic thought and will appeal to both psychoanalytic and literary scholars..

Lawrence Durrell and the Greek World

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Lawrence Durrell and the Greek World - Anna Lillios Summary

Novelist Lawrence Durrell's fondness for his adopted homeland of Greece led him to declare "I'm a Greek," and profoundly influenced his work. Attempting to capture the scope of the Greek world's relationship with Durrell's life and work, Lilios (English, U. of Central Florida) presents 22 papers that approach the topic from a range of perspectives. After a number of reminiscences of Durrell by family and friends, a set of essays are organized by place, examining Durrell's relationship with Corfu, Alexandria, Rhodes, and Cyprus. The remaining essays are grouped according to theme discussing such issues as the influence of myth and other "Greek inspirations" on Durrell's novels, poems, and other work. Distributed by Associated University Presses. Annotation ♭2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)..

Les Dames de Grâce Adieu

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Les Dames de Grâce Adieu - Susanna CLARKE Summary

" Un recueil exquis " L'Express Ne vous laissez pas prendre au charme paisible de la campagne anglaise. Un pont ancien ou une trouée dans un bosquet peuvent être autant de passages pour l'Autre Pays, où vivent les fées. De nombreux mortels s'y sont égarés, parfois sans espoir de retour. À cheval entre notre monde et l'Autre Pays vivent les magiciens. Et les magiciennes. Malicieuses, cachottières et impertinentes sous leur apparente modestie, elles s'opposent à la magie masculine, qui combine l'arrogance à la violence. Elles créent sous la surface du réel des ondes d'émotions, troublent délicatement l'ordre des choses, modifient imperceptiblement le sens commun et, pour protéger leur relative liberté, jouent avec délices de maléfices interdits. Dans les huit contes qui composent Les Dames de Grâce Adieu, Susanna Clarke prolonge les thèmes de son best-seller Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell en empruntant au roman victorien et à la fantasy pour arpenter un monde onirique, revisité à la lumière des préoccupations contemporaines..

On Miracle Ground

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On Miracle Ground - Michael H. Begnal Summary

The essays in On Miracle Ground represent a collaborative attempt to assess the place of Lawrence Durrell in twentieth-century fiction..

Mountolive

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Mountolive - Lawrence Durrell Summary

Lose yourself in the thrilling political intrigue and tangled love affairs of wartime Egypt in Durrell's epic modern classic 'A master at creating and handling tension ... I was fascinated from the start.' Wilbur Smith David Mountolive, a young English diplomat, has been obsessed with Egypt ever since a youthful love affair. Returning to Alexandria as British Ambassador just before World War Two, he unravels an intricate political and religious conspiracy - one that connects a web of wildly different characters, including an exiled schoolteacher and glamorous Egyptian couple. Mountolive gradually exposes the sinister underbelly of these tangled relationships, their deceptions and betrayals mirroring the explosive turmoil of the modern Middle East - and the result is Durrell's most cinematic masterpiece. 'Astonishing ... A work of splendid craft and troubling veracity.' New York Times Book Review 'A masterpiece ... Don't be fooled by the richness of the prose, the depth of the passions ... Wicked and funny.' Guardian 'Dazzlingly exuberant in style and vision, reckless in ambition, wonderfully prolific in invention ... Superb.' Observer VOLUME THREE OF LAWRENCE DURRELL'S ALEXANDRIA QUARTET.

Le sourire du Tao

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Le sourire du Tao - Lawrence Durrell Summary

Lawrence Durrell a toujours été attiré par le taoïsme et par le mélange de philosophie et de règles de vie sur lequel repose cette religion souriante, voire narquoise. À travers la théorie d'un mouvement global des processus naturels où alternent le yin et le yang, il perçoit une esthétique de l'univers qui, pour lui, est poésie. C'est donc le taoïsme qui unifie les deux parties de ce livre où les souvenirs ressortent sous l'interrogation philosophique : deux rencontres avec des êtres qui, chacun à leur manière, symbolisent pour l'écrivain le Tao et lui en révèlent le véritable sens. Grâce à Jolan Chang, l'érudit chinois sexagénaire aux allures d'adolescent, Durrell découvre, le temps d'un week-end, la magie essentielle du taoïsme, ce "point d'équilibre" idéal où s'inscrit l'homme dans le cosmos, où le couple d'amants immortels, incarnation extatique du yin et du yang, vit un orgasme exempt du narcissisme occidental qui réduit l'amour à "une lutte sur l'oreiller entre deux ego acharnés à se dominer mutuellement". Son autre guide, c'est Véga au regard tantrique, avec laquelle il partit un jour à la recherche de Nietzsche et de Lou Andreas-Salomé sur les rives du lac Majeur. Cet univers de souvenirs et de méditation recèle, au fil du texte, d'étonnantes notations qui vont d'un humour débridé à la poésie la plus intimiste..

La révolution de la Lune

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La révolution de la Lune - Andrea Camilleri Summary

Palerme, en 1677, est la capitale d'une Sicile sous domination espagnole. Quand son vice-roi, don Angel de Guzmàn, meurt en pleine séance du Conseil, les notables siciliens cupides et dépravés exultent : cette brève vacance du pouvoir est une aubaine inespérée. Mais don Angel a laissé un testament, et le successeur qu'il désigne pour l'intérim n'est autre que...sa propre épouse, donna Eleonora di Mora. Si la stupeur est grande dans la ville, elle tourne vite à la fascination, car cette femme tirée de l'ombre se révèle d'une beauté envoûtante, d'une intelligence redoutable et d'une équanimité révolutionnaire..

Affaires urgentes

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Affaires urgentes - Lawrence DURRELL Summary

Nommé en 1949 attaché de presse à l'ambassade de Sa Très Gracieuse Majesté britannique à Belgrade, Lawrence Durrell va y rester trois ans. Trois ans durant lesquels il observera tel un entomologiste le petit monde de la vie diplomatique. Tandis que la Yougoslavie tremble de peur sous la main de fer du maréchal Tito, les gaffes s'accumulent autour du narrateur : les coquilles foisonnent dans le Central Balkan Herald – un quotidien qui n'est jamais parvenu à rattraper un retard de vingt-quatre heures sur l'actualité –, le train des délégations étrangères se mue en convoi de la mort, la fête champêtre finit en naufrage, les repas cuisinés à l'ail virent à l'incident diplomatique... Dans ce bouquet de chroniques, il n'y a que du tordant, du loufoque et de l'impertinent. Et quand elle est britannique, l'impertinence est sans limites. " Ce livre est au sens propre désopilant, il est le parfait, le plus sûr antidote aux pluviosités, ventosités, mucosités et morosités des longs hivers, diplomatiques ou non. " Jacques Lacarrière.

Clea

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Clea - Lawrence Durrell Summary

Lose yourself in the thrilling political intrigue and tangled love affairs of wartime Egypt in Durrell's epic modern classic. An expat schoolteacher has spent years in exile reflecting on his turmoiled love affair with Justine, a glamorous Egyptian wife. Returning to wartime Alexandria, he finds that his old friends have suffered dramatic changes of body, mind, and fortune - and someone whom he has never really known wishes to see him. His affair with Clea, a bisexual artist, not only changes the lovers, but transforms the dead, forever - and heralds a new beginning, just as Lawrence Durrell's intoxicating masterpiece ends. 'Durrell has written about a dozen real love stories, entwined them, and explored them with a truly Proustian ferocity ... Superb.' Observer 'Lushly beautiful ... His style glows ... One of the most important works of our time.' New York Times Book Review 'It is hard now to recapture the impact half a century ago of these novels' heat, luxuriance and profanity [or] his descriptions of Alexandria - its beauty, cruelty, menace, mystery, decadence ....' Spectator.

Justine

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Justine - Lawrence Durrell Summary

Rediscover one of the twentieth century's greatest romances: a seductive tale of four tangled lovers in wartime Egypt, introduced by André Aciman (Call Me By Your Name and Find Me) Walking slowly home through the dark avenue of trees, tasting the brackish harbour wind, I remembered Justine saying harshly as she lay in bed: 'We use each other like axes to cut down the ones we really love'. Alexandria: the great winepress of love. Trams, palm trees, and watermelon stalls lie honey-bathed in sunlight; in darkened bedrooms, sweaty lovers unfurl. But in a world trembling on the brink of war, passion and death are inextricable. When a penniless Anglo-Irish schoolteacher begins an affair with Justine - a married Egyptian lady of unparalleled glamour - their partners, Melissa and Nessim, are sucked into a whirlpool of jealousy and violence. One of the twentieth century's greatest romances, rich in political and sexual intrigue, Lawrence Durrell's scandalous 'investigation of modern love' set the world alight in 1957 and - as André Aciman reveals - it burns just as brightly today. 'A masterpiece.' Guardian 'One of the great works of English fiction.' Times 'Dazzlingly exuberant ... Reckless ... Superb.' Observer 'Brave and brazen ... Lush and grandiose.' Independent 'Legendary ... Casts a spell ... Reader, watch out!' Guardian 'Lushly beautiful ... One of the most important works of our time.' NYTBR 'Triumphant [in its] beauty, cruelty, menace, mystery, decadence . . . ' Spectator.

Lawrence Durrell

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Lawrence Durrell - Ian S. MacNiven Summary

The prize-winning biography of the celebrated author of the Alexandria Quartet and the Avignon Quintet: an “elegant and meticulous . . . treat” (Kirkus Reviews). A New York Times Notable Book Born in colonial India in 1912, Lawrence Durrell established his literary reputation as a citizen of the Mediterranean. After attending school in England, Durrell escaped the country he dubbed “Pudding Island” for the Greek island of Corfu, only to make another escape—this time from Nazi invasion—to Egypt. His experiences in wartime Alexandria led to a quartet of novels, beginning with Justine, that are collectively considered some of the great masterpieces of postwar fiction. Durrell’s peripatetic life, which eventually took him to the South of France, fed his work with the richness and drama of his various adoptive homes. A man of protean talents, Durrell is celebrated for his fiction and poetry, as well has his highly regarded translations, essays, and travel literature. In researching this authorized biography, Ian S. MacNiven traveled over a period of twenty years from India to California, interviewing hundreds of individuals and visiting all but one of the many places Durrell lived. The result is an intimate portrait of a literary titan that was awarded a prize by the French city of Antibes for the year’s best study on Durrell..

Antrobus Complete

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Antrobus Complete - Lawrence Durrell Summary

The British Foreign Office is a timeless institution. Antrobus is the embodiment of everything that makes it what it is. His tales of diplomatic misadventure, accompanied by memorable and witty drawings, make a collection to cherish, for as long as the Foreign Office holds sway over far-flung British interests. 'Whatever wars there may be and whatever crises, there will still, please heaven, be the diplomatic corps, with its protocol and formalities and a field of humour which I have never seen better used than in these stories.' John Betjeman.

The Stronger Sex

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The Stronger Sex - James R. Nichols Summary

The Stronger Sex studies the fictional women of Lawrence Durrell. Durrell envisioned a new woman, self-confident, free of male domination, and able to serve, direct, and protect her dependent male counterpart. Durrell's modern woman is the center of the new post-modern 'couple'- man dependent upon the centrality of woman for the essential wisdom and direction in his life. Far from being a follower of D. H. Lawrence, as so many have claimed, Durrell insists that the male must first cede to woman the personal, social, and political power and freedom which he has historically denied her..

Lawrence Durrell’s Woven Web of Guesses (Durrell Studies 2)

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Lawrence Durrell’s Woven Web of Guesses (Durrell Studies 2) - Richard Pine Summary

This volume presents a number of original essays on aspects of Lawrence Durrell which have not previously been discussed. Durrell (1912-1990) was the ground-breaking author of The Alexandria Quartet, Tunc-Nunquam (The Revolt of Aphrodite) and The Avignon Quintet and of many plays, volumes of poetry and essays. This volume, by one of the world’s foremost experts on Durrell’s life and work, explores his early literary connections with Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Alfred Perlès and David Gascoyne in topics such as surrealism and psychology. It features new insights into Durrell’s approach to popular literature, Greek politics and sexual orientation, and establishes Durrell’s mental states from an examination of his private notebooks. It presents a composite portrait of a writer obsessed with the themes of identity, creativity, sexuality and freedom..

The Revolt of Aphrodite

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The Revolt of Aphrodite - Lawrence Durrell Summary

The Revolt of Aphrodite consists of two novels, Tunc ('then', 'next') and its sequel Numquam ('never'). When Felix Charlock, an inventor, is approached by Merlin's, an influential and successful firm with interests everywhere, something about the extremely generous offer makes him hesitate. But as time goes on, he finds himself tied to 'the Firm' both personally and contractually - and disentangling himself will cost more than he knows... With a cast of tantalising characters, the two novels take the reader from Turkey to Greece, from Switzerland to England. Enigmatic and engrossing, with a marvellous sweep of action and ideas, the novels show Durrell is at his most gothic and comic, and most widely allusive..

Lawrence Durrell's Major Novels, Or, The Kingdom of the Imagination

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Lawrence Durrell's Major Novels, Or, The Kingdom of the Imagination - Donald P. Kaczvinsky Summary

Of particular importance is an extended consideration, in chapter 3, of Durrell's best-known series, The Alexandria Quartet. Taking their cue from Durrell's "Note" to Balthazar, most critics have considered the four volumes in the context of Einstein's theory of relativity. Kaczvinsky suggests this approach interferes with our appreciation of the Quartet as a unified and complete work. The reality presented in the Quartet may be quite complex, but it is not "relative." A coda to the chapter offers a critical consideration of Pursewarden's suicide and illustrates how to approach the sometimes contradictory, oftentimes complementary information offered in the four volumes..

Durrell and the City

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Durrell and the City - Donald P. Kaczvinsky Summary

Durrell and the City commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Quartet with a collection of fourteen new essays by a group of international scholars and critics. The collection provides a critical understanding of all Durrell's urban landscapes, but focuses on the place that made him famous—the city of Alexandria—in order to provide a reassessment of his career and achievement..

Many Histories Deep

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Many Histories Deep - Roger Bowen Summary

The Second World War stranded a colony of British writers in Egypt, where they lived on the borderland of an alien culture and a distant British homeland. This study concentrates on four important poets - Keith Douglas, Lawrence Durrell, Bernard Spencer, and Terence Tiller - the journal with which they were associated, Personal Landscape, and the milieu of wartime Cairo. On the periphery of this group were, among others, Olivia Manning and G. S. Fraser, and the Greek exiles George Seferis and Elie Papadimitriou. Cairo's "unreality" - the war in the Western Desert, cultural otherness and the varied definitions of exile, the layers of a native and an imperial history, the currents of political propaganda, literary rivalries played out far from the metropolitan center - formed the background to the growth of these four distinct poetic voices, as well as the establishment of a magazine that promoted a modernist aesthetic and a canon that embraced contemporary Greek letters..

Selected Poems of Lawrence Durrell

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Selected Poems of Lawrence Durrell - Lawrence Durrell Summary

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 for A Private Country as one of the most accomplished debut collections of the twentieth century, and traces Durrell's preoccupations and poetic personality within the wider scene. The selection of poems makes its own strong case for the continuing power and originality of this attractive, metropolitan and wholly individual body of work..