The Black Book

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Olympia Press, Jan 1, 2006 - Fiction - 212 pages
14 Reviews
Durrell's third work, the original angry young novel, was first published by his good friend and long-time correspondent Henry Miller as the first title in the short-lived "Villa Seurat" imprint of the Paris-based Obelisk Press. Unpublishable by the more staid (and censored) presses across the Channel, no work better captures the anguish and death-consciousness of a Europe about to plunge, once again, into cataclysmic war and destruction. The Black Book first saw print in 1938.

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User Review  - Tadzio Koelb - Goodreads

From my short bio of Durrell in British Writers Retrospective: Supplement III: The Black Book: An Agon ... is the first instance in which Durrell used many of the techniques that would later allow him ... Read full review

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User Review  - Raj - Goodreads

Not the easiest book for me to get through. I may have another go at The Black Book after some space and although the Alexandria Quartet is on my to read list it may take some time for me to get to it ... Read full review

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Lawrence Durrell was born on February 27, 1912 in Jullundur, India to British parents. During World War II, he served as a British press officer. His first novel, Pied Piper of Lovers, was published in 1935, but was considered a failure. Some of his other works include The Black Book, The Alexandria Quartet, The Avignon Quintet, and Caesar's Vast Ghost: A Portrait of Provence. Bitter Lemons won the Duff Cooper Prize in 1959. He died on November 7, 1990 at the age of 78.

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