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Balthazar (Paperback)

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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

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Travel & MapsTravel writingClassic travel writing Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 06/05/2021 ISBN-13: 9780571356058  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Lawrence Durrell was a British novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer. Born in 1912 in India to British colonial parents, he was sent to school in England and later moved to Corfu with his family - a period which his brother Gerald fictionalised in My Family and Other Animals - later filmed as The Durrells in Corfu - and which he himself described in Prospero's Cell. The first of Durrell's island books, this was followed by Reflections on a Marine Venus on Rhodes; Bitter Lemons, on Cyprus, which won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize; and, later, The Greek Islands. Durrell's first major novel, The Black Book, was published in 1938 in Paris, where he befriended Henry Miller and Anais Nin - and it was praised by T. S. Eliot, who published his poetry in 1943. A wartime sojourn in Egypt inspired his bestselling masterpiece, The Alexandria Quartet (Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive and Clea) which he completed in his new home in Southern France, where in 1974 he began The Avignon Quintet. When he died in 1990, Durrell was one of the most celebrated writers in British history. Alaa Al Aswany was born in 1957. A dentist by profession, Al Aswany is the bestselling author of The Yacoubian Building - which sold over one million copies worldwide - and The Automobile Club of Egypt, among other works. His novels have been translated into more than thirty languages and published in over a hundred countries, and he has received many prestigious international awards, among them the Bashrahil Prize, the Kavafis Award and the Premio Grinzane Cavour. In 2016, he was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.

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