Balthazar by Lawrence Durrell
(Alexandria Quartet)

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The deeply affecting second novel of theAlexandria Quartet, which boldly questions perception and the nature of contemporary love
In Alexandria, Egypt, in the years before World War II, Durrell’s narrator, Darley, seeks to fully understand his sexual obsession with two women: the infamous Justine, and Melissa, a dancer. In Darley’s conversations with Balthazar, a doctor and mystic, it soon becomes clear that Darley’s fixation is more complex and ominous than either man could have imagined. Layered and unflinching, Balthazar is a poignant examination of the modern psyche, and a study of a world where love can become consumed by deceit.  This ebook contains a new introduction by Jan Morris.

About Lawrence Durrell

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Durrell was one of the great novelists of the twentieth century. Born in India, he lived in and celebrated the Mediterranean world as a novelist, essayist, and travel writer.
Published June 12, 2012 by Open Road Media. 260 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This second novel in a group of four- ""a sibling, not a sequel to Justine."" the author calls it— is, if possible, even more fascinating than that first novel.

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