The Black Book by Lawrence Durrell

By Lawrence Durrell

“The first piece of labor by means of a brand new English author to provide me any desire for the way forward for prose fiction.” —T. S. Eliot

As over-the-top because it is creative, Durrell’s step forward novel is a sequence of sordid vignettes drawn from the lives of decadent artists, doomed bohemians, and continental rascals inhabiting a shabby London inn, narrated in turns by means of the unforgettable Lawrence Lucifer and Gregory dying. jointly, those characters search to flee the absurdity of a Europe haunted via devastating battle, but starting to pitch towards one other apocalypse.

First released in 1938, and stimulated via Henry Miller and the honest pranksterism of the surrealist circulate, The Black publication marks the emergence of 1 of the main progressive voices in twentieth-century English literature.

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You filthy beggar, get out of here, don't touch me, if you lay a finger on me I'll cane you to death . . and he'd go back to the window with the broken panes, stark . naked. The old women and the nuns didn't dare cross the court with the orange trees anymore. We decided that the best thing was to board up the shutters of his cell. But he always managed to break them down. Until one night, as Don Clemente slept, I walled up his window with bricks and cement, the first window I walled up in the Casa.

It was witch­ craft, black magic, and that's why the peasants were being crushed under the weight of endless misfortunes. Over the bone­ dry plains, where the animals swollen with thirst were dying off, the head of the landowner's daughter, flapping huge sinewy ears that were like bat wings, would fly after the yellow bitch dog­ it was warty and scrawny like the girl's nursemaid-that guided the chonch6n to a place indicated by the rays of their accom­ plice, the moon, on the other side of the hills.

I'm the seventh old woman. I'll take it upon myself to watch over the Azcoitia about to be born. Iris's - 50 vomit, which I washed from the kitchen tiles, anointed me. I keep it wrapped in a floor rag, with my books and my manu­ scripts, under the bed, where all old women keep their things. THE FIRST TffiNG I had to do was win them over. If I didn't find a way to dazzle them, I'd be accepted by them in name only, even though I'd groveled for them. I let a few days go by while I laid my plans, letting them go on barely talking to me and watching me on the sly.

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