The Black Book

Lawrence Durrell's third novel, the 2nd edition of 1959, Olympia Press


Lawrence Durrell


The Olympia Press, Paris, 1959
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Printing Details

Second edition. Paperback in dustwrapper. 17.5 × 11cm, 301pp.

Death Gregory has disappeared, abandoning his diaries in a seedy London hotel. Discovered by Lawrence Lucifer, they depict a clique of intellectuals living a life of squalid debauchery: struggling writers and artists consumed by loves, lusts, and a quest for innovation. But as they satisfy violent appetites of the flesh—and mind—their descent into darkness accelerates... Written when he was only 24, Lawrence Durrell described his controversial third novel as 'a two-fisted attack on literature by an angry young man of the thirties' in which he 'first heard the sound of my own voice.' First published in Paris in 1938, it was banned in Britain for nearly four decades due to its 'obscenity'.


Very good condition, with a little crinkling to the bottom edge of the wrapper and at the the head of the spine, and a little weakening to the inner binding at the centre.



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