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The politics of love, the intrigues of desire … love and murder, moved obscurely in the dark corners of Alexandria’s streets and squares, brothels and drawing-rooms – moved like a great congress of eels in the slime of plot and counter-plot…’ In Balthazar, the second volume in Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet, the story and the characters come more clearly into focus. Darley, the reflective Englishman, receives from Balthazar, the pathologist, a mass of notes which attempt to explain what really happened between the tempestuous Justine, her husband Nessim, Clea the artist, Pursewarden the writer; new figures emerge and play key roles. Balthazar, in his ‘Interlinear’, explains and warns.
Lawrence Durrell: Balthazar
'A memory catches sight of itself in the mirror'
Balthazar returns with a large packet
The Interlinear - new truths, painful truths
The literary society in the Ptolemaic parlour
Scobie and some secrets
Nessim, Mountolive - and Justine
Balthazar warns Clea
Justine - A painting and a kiss
'The most dangerous thing in the world is a love founded on pity'
Nessim leaves for Karm Abu Girg
Narouz - the younger brother
Their mother, Leila
Leila, once beautiful and rich
A gallop - Nessim confides in Narouz
Nessim leaves for the city
The Interlinear: 'To imagine is not necessarily to invent'