“One of A Kind”: New Faber Edition of The Alexandria Quartet.

Faber has announced the release of a new edition of Lawrence Durrell’s signature work – The Alexandria Quartet.

The newly-issued Alexandria Quartet features a distinctive cover-design.  The calligraphic scripting and a crimson-barred spine calls to mind Berthold Wolpe‘s classic work for Faber in the 1950s and 1960s.

This new edition of The Alexandria Quartet includes an introduction from travel writer Jan Morris, specially commissioned for Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary.

In her remarks, Jan Morris places particular emphasis upon what she calls “the devious goings-on of the plot,” thus highlighting Lawrence Durrell’s place alongside John Le Carré and other masters of the Spy Novel:

[Lawrence Durrell] was particularly admired for his descriptive writing, and these books are rich in masterly set-pieces, but he was also a fine story-teller, adept in techniques of suspense and deception.  Reader, watch out!  Shocks are always around the dusty corner in The Alexandria Quartet.

Morris concludes by declaring that “The Alexandria Quartet is one of a kind” – “on the whole a masterpiece.”

Listen to the Guardian Books Podcast where Jan Morris talks about The Alexandria Quartet – Lawrence Durrell’s “most extraordinary achievement.”

Read more about the new Faber release of The Alexandria Quartet.

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