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- Publisher: Open Road Media (July 3, 2018)
- Publication Date: July 3, 2018
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Lawrence Durrell's Notes on Travel Volume Two: Prospero's Cell, Reflections on a Marine Venus, and Spirit of Place Kindle Edition
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Lawrence Durrell aboard his Boat
This photograph of Lawrence Durrell aboard his boat, the Van Norden, is taken from a negative discovered among his papers. The vessel is named after a character in Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. (Photograph held in the British Library’s modern manuscripts collection.)
Nancy and Lawrence Durrell
This photograph of Nancy and Lawrence Durrell was likely taken in Delphi, Greece, in late 1939. (Photo courtesy of Joanna Hodgkin and the Gerald Durrell Estate.)
A page from Durrell’s Notebook
A page from Durrell’s notebooks, or, as he called them, the 'quarry.' This page introduced his notes on the 'colour and narrative' of scenes in Justine. (Photo courtesy of the Lawrence Durrell Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.)
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The first book, "Prospero's Cell" was written in the years preceding World War II. The setting for Shakespeare's "Tempest" is the Greek island of Corfu, argues one of the characters in this book, expounding on a deeply held belief of its author. The 'presiding genius' of Corfu, or as it was once called, Corcyra, is none other than Zeus Pantocrator.
Durrell's foreshadowing of that grim future cast his landscapes and dazzling Greek villages of Corfu into intense relief.
In his second book, war still clings like a gray film to the bright fabric of "Reflections of a Marine Venus," which was begun in 1945 and takes place on Rhodes. The ‘marine Venus' of the title is a statue which was found by sailors in their nets at the bottom of Rhodes harbor and which much appealed to Durrell, who thought of her as the 'presiding genius' of the place. He began this book while assigned to Rhodes as an information officer in 1945, and finally finished it in Belgrade in 1952 while working as a press attaché for the British Embassy.
In the essay, “Spirit of Place” Durrell answers a critic who accused him of writing ‘as if the landscape were more important than the characters.’ Durrell replies that “this, of course, is the target of the travel-writer; his task is to isolate the germ in the people which is expressed by their landscape.”
In all four of his ‘landscape books’ Durrell is deeply tuned in to the spirit of Greece and the Mediterranean Islands where he lived and wrote. The first two volumes in the series (included here in Volume Two) are my favorites, but all four of the ‘landscape books’ are well worth reading.