Lawrence Durrell was only 24 when he wrote his novel The Black Book. The Observer wrote at the time; “This is a wild, passionate, brilliantly gaudy and flamboyant extravaganza”.
Published originally by the Obelisk Press, Faber and Faber offered to publish the novel in England in an ‘expurgated’ edition (at the time, we were operating under ridiculous censorship laws, and books such as The Black Book were banned). Durrell said no, after talking to friend Henry Miller.
We are very happy to have on display – a first edition of the Obelisk Press edition. Very rare. And very lovely.
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