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Durrell, Lawrence. (1912 - 1990).

L i f e

- born in India, resided in England, the Mediterranean, and Egypt

< influenced by D. H. Lawrence: shared his antipathy to British reserve

< Henry Miller: the two led a long correspondence

W o r k

The Black Book: an Agon (1938):

< influenced by H. Miller's liberating ideas

- privately printed in Paris, banned in Britain for its overt eroticism

"Alexandria Quartet":

> Justine (1957)

> Balthazar (1958)

> Mountolive (1958)

> Clea (1960)

- a series of interconnected fictions describing unfulfilling love affairs

- presents dusty, sweaty, multi-layered Alexandria as a phantasmagoric Eliotic place where ancient splendours melt into modern inconveniences

- formally experimental: rather than moving from one point to another, the narrative stands above time "turning slowly on its own axis to comprehend the whole pattern"

"Avignon Quintet": Monsieur (1974), Livia (1978), Constance (1982), Sebastian (1983), and Quincx (1985):

- attempts to break down preconceptions of time

- assaults inherited prejudices in favour of fictional realism


"There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature."

From Justine (1959).


(Photo: R. Rubrecht. 1986. Source: Wikipedia).

  • Author

    Lawrence George Durrell. (1912 - 1990). British expatriate.
  • Work

    Novelist. Poet. Author of the "Alexandria Quartet" (1957 - 60).
  • Genres

    Modern fiction and poetry.


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