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Lawrence Durrell

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DeborahLawrenson December 31st, 2008 04:06 AM PST

Prospero's Cell is a transporting and evocative account of Durrell's life on the Greek island of Corfu as a young man, newly married to his first wife Nancy. It purports to be a diary, and although true in essence, is often lightly fictionalised. Read it for the wonderful poetic descriptions of the land and seascapes, and the intimate prose-poetry of his life at Kalami.

As an author myself, I took it as the starting point for my novel Songs of Blue and Gold (Random House UK and Canada, 2008), an exploration of love and loss, biography and memory. You can read more and see pictures of Lawrence Durrell and his time in Corfu on my website: www.deborah-lawrenson.co.uk.

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