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    DescriptionConsisting of Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive and Clea, The Alexandria Quartet explores the sexual and political intrigues of a group of expatriates in Egypt before and after the Second World War. In Justine, L. G. Darley attempts to reconcile himself to the recent end of his affair with the dark, passionate, multi-faceted Justine Hosnani. Balthazar is named for Darley's friend, a doctor and mystic, and it provides a retelling of Darley's romance with Justine from a more philosophical perspective. Mountolive is the narrative of English ambassador David Mountolive. The final volume, Clea, finds Darley maturing into the knowledge that the gifted painter Clea Montis is the woman for whom he is truly destined.


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    Title
    The Alexandria Quartet
    Subtitle
    Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lawrence Durrell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 880
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 45 mm
    Weight: 570 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780571225569
    ISBN 10: 057122556X
    Classifications

    DC22: 823.912
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.3
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: FV
    Libri: ENGL3010, ENGM1010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    Libri: AEGY5085
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000
    Thema V1.0: FV
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    FABER & FABER
    Publication date
    01 December 2005
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Lawrence Durrell was born in 1912 in India. He attended the Jesuit College at Darjeeling and St Edmund's School, Canterbury. His first literary work, The Black Book, appeared in Paris in 1938. His first collection of poems, A Private Country, was published in 1943, followed by the three Island books: Prospero's Cell, Reflections on a Marine Venus, about Rhodes, and Bitter Lemons, his account of life in Cyprus. Durrell's wartime sojourn in Egypt led to his masterpiece, The Alexandria Quartet, which he completed in southern France where he settled permanently in 1957. Between the Quartet and The Avignon Quintet he wrote the two-decker Tunc and Nunquam. His oeuvre includes plays, a book of criticism, translations, travel writing, and humorous stories about the diplomatic corps. Caesar's Vast Ghost, his reflections on the history and culture of Provence, including a late flowering of poems, appeared a few days before his death in Sommieres in 1990.