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Lawrence Durrell was born in 1912 in India, where his engineer father was working on construction of the country’s first railway. The oldest of four children, Durrell was sent back to England at eleven to complete his education. Failing to gain admission to Cambridge, Durrell held a series of brief jobs in London while resolving to become a writer. His first collection of poetry, Quaint Fragment, was published in 1931. His first novel, Pied Piper of Lovers, about life in Bloomsbury, came out in 1935; several sections were inspired by his Indian childhood.

In 1935, Durrell moved with his first wife, his mother and his siblings (including brother Gerald, later to be a major wildlife conservationist) to Corfu, where he wrote his second novel, Panic Spring...Show More »

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Audible Modern Vanguard Productions of Lawrence Durrell's Work

Justine: The Alexandria Quartet

  • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
  • By Lawrence Durrell
  • Narrated By Jack Klaff
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Set amid the corrupt glamour and multiplying intrigues of Alexandria, Egypt, in the 1930s and 1940s, the novels of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet (of which this is the first) follow the shifting alliances - sexual, cultural and political - of a group of quite varied characters. In Justine, an English schoolmaster and struggling writer falls in love with a beautiful and mysterious Jewish woman who is married to a wealthy Egyptian.

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Balthazar: The Alexandria Quartet

  • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
  • By Lawrence Durrell
  • Narrated By Jack Klaff
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In Balthazar, the second volume in Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet, the story and the characters come more clearly into focus. Darley, the reflective Englishman, receives from Balthazar, the pathologist, a mass of notes which attempt to explain what really happened between the tempestuous Justine, her husband Nessim, Clea the artist, and Pursewarden the writer.

Mountolive: The Alexandria Quartet

  • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
  • By Lawrence Durrell
  • Narrated By Jack Klaff
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Beginning with the affair of a young David Mountolive with the mother of Nessim and Narouz, this novel recounts his development and career as a diplomat, and finally places the materials previously seen in Justine and Balthazar in a different context.

Clea: The Alexandria Quartet

  • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
  • By Lawrence Durrell
  • Narrated By Jack Klaff
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In the final volume of the "Alexandria Quartet", Darley returns to an Alexandria now caught by war-fever. The conflagration has its effect on his circle - on Nessim and Justine, Balthazar and Clea, Mountolive and Pombal.