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This is an auction for THROUGH THE DARK LABYRINTH: A BIOGRAPHY OF LAWRENCE DURRELL, by Gordon Bowker. reviews:

“Novelist, poet, and travel writer Durrell achieved international fame for Justine and the other novels of the Alexandria Quartet. Although the fame and comparative fortune that came in the 1960s allowed him freedom to write, his personal life deteriorated, beginning with the death of his third wife. British journalist Bowker is an assured biographer who treads gently but firmly in this life of Durrell.”

“Born in India, Durrell spent his most productive years in Greece and around the Mediterranean. He was an accomplished poet, and his lyrical books about Mediterranean islands are among the best of their kind. In wartime Egypt he conceived The Alexandria Quartet, which brought fame with its "exploration of modern love" and experimental form. Searching for wholeness after the shattering loneliness of his childhood, he rejected Christianity in favour of Western mysticism and Eastern religions. These things mark his work, showing a dark side to the effervescent wit evident in his writing.”

“Lawrence Durrell, best known as the author of the Alexandria Quartet, was reputed to live on the edge while pursuing his career as a British diplomat. This biography reveals Durrell to be a complex man beset by incredibly painful circumstances that he was somehow able to transmute into his fiction. Indeed, at times the writer's life, with four marriages, many affairs, some unusual sexual obsessions, and experiences living and traveling in unusual locations, almost reads like fiction.”

Hardback 1997.

480 pages + photographs.

Near new condition.

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