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White Eagles Over Serbia by Lawrence Durrell (Paperback, 1993)
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The accounts do cover a few of the same topics; for example, both Gerald and Lawrence describe the roles played by the Corfiot taxi driver Spiro Amerikanos and the Greek doctor, scientist, and poet Theodore Stephanides in their lives on Corfu. In Corfu he became friends with Marie Aspioti , with whom he cooperated in the publication of Lear's Corfu. The mildly pornographic work only appeared in Britain in In the story, the main character Lawrence Lucifer struggles to escape the spiritual sterility of dying England, and finds Greece's warmth and fertility.
In , he and Nancy had a daughter, Penelope Berengaria. The marriage was already under strain, however, and Durrell and Nancy separated in , with Nancy taking baby Penelope to Jerusalem. During his years on Corfu, Durrell had made notes for a book about the island, but it was only in Egypt towards the end of the war, that he was finally able to write it. In the book, Prospero's Cell , Durrell described Corfu as "this brilliant little speck of an island in the Ionian," with waters "like the heartbeat of the world itself. It was in Alexandria that he met Eve Yvette Cohen, a Jewish woman and native Alexandrian, who was to become his model for the character Justine in the Alexandria Quartet.
In , after his divorce from Nancy came through, Durrell married Eve Cohen and in they had a daughter, Sappho Jane, named after the legendary Ancient Greek poet Sappho. Sappho Durrell committed suicide by hanging in In May , Durrell obtained a posting to Rhodes.
With the Italian surrender in their erstwhile German allies took over most of the islands and held onto them as besieged fortresses until the war's end. Mainland Greece was at that time locked in civil war, and so the Dodecanese came under a temporary British military government pending sovereignty being handed over to Greece in , as war reparations from Italy. Durrell set up house in the little gatekeeper's lodge of an old Turkish cemetery, just across the road from the building used by the British Administration today the Casino in Rhodes new town , where his co-habitation with Eve Cohen could be discreetly ignored by his employer, while remaining close enough to be within the perimeter security zone of the main building.
From this period comes his book "Reflections on a Marine Venus.
This sojourn gave him material for his book White Eagles over Serbia In , Eve had a breakdown and was hospitalised in England. Durrell moved to Cyprus with Sappho Jane, buying a house and taking a position teaching English literature at the Pancyprian Gymnasium to support his writing, followed by public relations work for the British government there during agitation for union with Greece. In , he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Durrell left Cyprus in August , after problems on the island and his British government position led to him being made a target of assassination attempts.
In , he published Justine , the first part of what was to become his most famous work, the Alexandria Quartet. The first three books tell essentially the same story but from different perspectives, a technique Durrell described in his introductory note in Balthazar as "relativistic.
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The Quartet impressed critics by the richness of its style, the variety and vividness of its characters, its movement between the personal and the political, and its exotic locations in and around the city which Durrell portrays as the chief protagonist: "The city which used us as its flora—precipitated in us conflicts which were hers and which we mistook for our own: beloved Alexandria! Here he wrote The Revolt of Aphrodite , comprising Tunc and Nunquam , and The Avignon Quintet , which attempted to replicate the success of the Alexandria Quartet and revisited many of the same motifs and styles to be found in the earlier work.
Although it is frequently described as a quintet, Durrell himself referred to it as a " quincunx. Durrell said in the Preface: This is what the work of Sanguinetti shows us, in the form of a mirror image. Or, to put it in less philosophical terms, Eduardo Sanguinetti, like almost any other creator, has little understanding of what he is going to do and only partially understands what he has done.
Sanguinetti in a way of contemplating the world and all his work, whatever the medium, reveals this particular way. Sanguinetti is a style. He is an extraordinarily coherent statement of a way of being in the world. Durrell suffered from emphysema for many years.
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His lifelong friend Alan G. Thomas donated a collection of books and periodicals associated with Durrell to the British Library , which is maintained as the distinct Lawrence Durrell Collection. Alan Thomas also acted as editor for an anthology of additional writings, letters and poetry, "Spirit Of Place," which contains much that supplements Durrell's own books.
Durrell's poetry has been overshadowed by his novels.
Peter Porter , in his introduction to a Selected Poems,  writes of Durrell as a poet: "One of the best of the past hundred years. And one of the most enjoyable.
Its innovation lies in its refusal to be more high-minded than the things it records, together with its handling of the whole lexicon of language. Durrell also spent several years in the service of the  Durrell's works of humour Esprit de Corps and Stiff Upper Lip are about life in the diplomatic corps, particularly Serbia. He claimed to have disliked both Egypt and Argentina,  although nowhere near as much as he disliked Yugoslavia.
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