[ilds] The Folio Justine

Charles Sligh Charles-Sligh at utc.edu
Wed Sep 3 05:34:01 PDT 2008

See and read about the new volume here, Jamie.


And here below I will copy the text of the description.

You will not find the hands in the design of the covers. Instead there is a photo-montage of old Alex pics.



Lawrence Durrell
Justine, the first volume in Lawrence Durrell's great literary epic The Alexandria Quartet, is an intoxicating story of passion and loss, vast in scope and peopled by memorable personalities, evocatively illustrated with period photographs. Available Now.

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Introduced by Peter Porter

Three-quarter bound in cloth, front board printed with a photo-montage.

Set in Fournier.

frontispiece and 9 sepia illustrations.

Size: 9½" x 6¼", 224 pages.

The remaining volumes in the Alexandria Quartet will be published during the coming year.

‘A city becomes a world when one loves one of its inhabitants.’

The alexandria quartet, published between 1957 and 1960, is one of the great literary epics of the 20th century – an enormous critical and commercial success at the time, it continues to seduce readers nearly five decades on. Justine, the first volume, is a sensuous and haunting story of passion and loss, set on the eve of the Second World War.

>From self-imposed exile on a Greek island, Darley, an impoverished writer, recalls his time in Alexandria and his affair with the enigmatic Justine, and explores the tangled web of their relationships.

Within its vast scope, the novel is peopled by memorable characters, from Justine’s patient husband, the wealthy Nessim, and Darley’s lover Melissa to others from their disparate circle of Egyptians and expatriates: the inquisitive barber Mnemjian, the English writer Pursewarden and the eccentric Scobie, a retired Lieutenant-Commander who finds himself working for the Egyptian vice squad.

Political and sexual intrigue draw them all ever deeper into the corruption that lurks behind the city’s facade of glamour. Durrell richly evokes the atmosphere of Alexandria where the Mediterranean meets the Middle East: the heat and dust of the markets and mosques, duck shooting on Lake Mareotis, and the faded beauty of the Corniche. The author himself described the novel as ‘an investigation of modern love’, and based the character of Justine on his second wife, Eve Cohen. Exotic, impassioned and lyrical, Justine is a truly intoxicating book, both a love story and a portrait of a vanished world.

This edition features Durrell’s 1962 preface, and period photographs accompany his poetic realisation of the city.

The remaining volumes in The Alexandria Quartet will be published by The Folio Society in the coming year.

‘Demands comparison with the very best novels of our century’
New York Times Book Review 
Charles L. Sligh
Department of English
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Charles-Sligh at utc.edu

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