The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell

A critical and commercial success, the books present four perspectives on a single set of events and characters in Alexandria, Egypt, before and during World War II. As Durrell explains in his preface to Balthazar, the four novels are an exploration of relativity and the notions of continuum and subject-object relation, with modern love as the subject. The Quartet offers the same sequence of events to us through several points of view, allowing individual perspectives to change over time.

The 455th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 12th on El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors (El Pais)
  2. - 70th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
  3. - 93rd on Waterstone's Books of the Century (LibraryThing)
  4. - How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Reading List (Thomas C. Foster)

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The Alexandria Quartet (4 Volume Set) Hardcover 3237957 $20.00
The Alexandria Quartet - Volume 1: Justine, Volume 2: Balthazar, Volume 3: Mountolive, Volume 4: Clea (Four Volumes in Slipcase) Hardcover 616669 $11.14 1960
Mountolive (Alexandria Quartet, Bk. 3) Paperback 4144516 $1.99 $0.01
Mountolive (Cardinal Giant Edition, GC-766) Mass Market Paperback 8099523 $0.53
Balthazar (The Alexandria Quartet, 2) Audio CD 2466394 $10.84 $10.59
Balthazar Hardcover 3241639 $500.00 $0.14
Clea: The Alexandria Quartet Hardcover 3468811 $41.25 $0.25
Balthazar (Alexandria Quartet) Paperback 2054133 $4.51 $1.47 1991
Balthazar (Alexandria Quartet) (Spanish Edition) Mass Market Paperback 4653766 $0.01 2002
Mountolive (The Alexandria Quartet, 3) Kindle Edition 716284 $9.99 2012
Mountolive: Alexandria Quartet III Hardcover 3247604 $3.98 $0.50 2007
Clea (Alexandria Quartet) Audio CD 2759272 $29.83 1995
Clea (Alexandria Quartet) Paperback 5427238 $1.41 $0.01 1961
The Alexandria Quartet Kindle Edition 43357 $12.99 2012
Justine Hardcover 713375 $39.42 $25.88
Justine (The Alexandria Quartet, I) Audio CD 2126016 $10.39 $14.27
Justine Mass Market Paperback 3280567 $34.43 $0.14
Balthazar (The Alexandria Quartet, Book 2) Hardcover 3717134 $105.20 $7.95
The Alexandria Quartet Boxed Set Paperback 671509 $148.95 $22.93
Mount Olive Paperback 5435819 $34.98 $0.01 1978
The Alexandria Quartet (Justine/Clea/Mountolive/Balthazar) Paperback 950254 $24.90
Justine Hardcover 2999034 $617.45 $0.01
Clea (Alexandria Quartet) Paperback 800483 $4.98 $0.98 1991
Clea, a novel. Hardcover 7079153 $4.59
Clea Paperback 9271160 $0.76
Clea Hardcover 4516324 $0.01
Mountolive Mass Market Paperback 6381198 $3.80
Mountolive - Cuarteto Alejandria (Spanish Edition) Paperback 7612794 $75.00
Mountolive Paperback 6328595 $2.44 1959
Justine (Alexandria Quartet) Hardcover 3735107 $0.01
MOUNT OLIVE Paperback 6113646 $5.93 $0.01 1981
The Alexandria Quartet: Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea Paperback 2424015 $8.50
Clea Paperback 9542502 $0.48
Clea Paperback 9119727 $0.01
THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET Hardcover 2472895 $125.00
Justine (Alexandria) Paperback 799651 $12.48 $2.72 2011
Justine (The Alexandria Quartet) MP3 CD 1824894 $9.45 $10.09 2014
Justine (The Alexandria Quartet Book 1) Kindle Edition 123174 2012
CLEA Paperback 11686717 $13.98
Justine: The Alexandria Quartet, Book 1 Audible Audiobook 18090 $16.54 2021
Clea: The Alexandria Quartet, Book 4 Audible Audiobook 35080 $17.76 2021
Balthazar: The Alexandria Quartet, Book 2 Audible Audiobook 36058 $15.31 2021
Mountolive: The Alexandria Quartet, Book 3 Audible Audiobook 51342 $18.99 2021
Balthazar Mass Market Paperback 10326863 $0.01
Justine Mass Market Paperback 6790588 $2.50
The Alexandria Quartet (Faber) - Clea - Balthazar - Mountolive - Justine Paperback 706945 $22.50
The Alexandria Quartet: Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive and Clea (4 Volume Set) Hardcover 1898217 $250.00
Balthazar Paperback 1171386 $2.49 $1.40 1961
Balthazar Paperback 756592 $0.01
Mountolive: El cuarteto de Alejandria/ Alexandria Quartet (Spanish Edition) Paperback 4782783 $31.99 $22.50 2009
Justine (The Alexandria Quartet) Mass Market Paperback 3242109 $0.01
Balthazar (Ldp Bibl Romans) (French Edition) Mass Market Paperback 12564121 $10.97 $11.40 2000
Justine (Alexandria Quartet) Paperback 2676819 $2.97 $0.01 1991
Justine: The Alexandria Quartet Audible Audiobook 34163 $14.95 2010
Justine (Ldp Bibl Romans) (French Edition) Mass Market Paperback 7160265 $11.09 $6.99 2000
The Alexandria Quartet Paperback 388752 $57.41 $4.00 1980
Mountolive: El cuarteto de Alejandria (Spanish Edition) Paperback 7888717 $119.56 1998
El Cuarteto de Alejandria (Spanish Edition) Paperback 12405582 $18.95
Alexandria Quartet: Justine / Balthazar / Mountolive / Clea 1ST American Editions in Four Volumes (1957-1960, Set of 4) Hardcover 543801 $20.93
Justine (Alexandria Quartet) Paperback 2082729 $25.95 $1.44 1991
The Alexandria Quartet Hardcover 3117721 $596.02 $29.94 1968
Alexandria Quartet Boxed Set Paperback 1841308 $25.00 $17.72 1961
The Alexandria Quartet Boxed Set Hardcover 7008492 $294.99
Balthazar: A novel Hardcover 5057719 $0.82
Balthazar (Faber paperbacks) Paperback 7235749 $161.40 $0.01
BALTHAZAR (Alexandria Quartet) Paperback 6614875 $9.70 $0.01 1981
Mountolive Paperback 6932294 $9.99 $0.17 1975
Clea Hardcover 6571976 $0.01
Balthazar (Spanish Edition) Paperback 8939676 $41.44
Mountolive Paperback 10472245 $1.99
Justine. the First Volume of His Celebrated Alexandria Quartet Hardcover 1119113 $29.94 1957
Balthazar (Spanish Edition) Paperback 10879543 $10.00
Mount Olive Paperback 11427344 $3.18
Balthazar Paperback 11475114 $0.81
Mountolive Paperback 11433255 $3.00
Balthazar (Spanish Edition) Paperback 13009424 $33.29 $32.06
The Alexandria Quartet Boxed Set: Justine; Balthazar; Mountolive; Clea Paperback 1208276 $74.89 $1.20
Balthazar (Alexandria Quartet) Paperback 518902 $8.83 $1.43 1991
Clea (The Alexandria Quartet, 4) Kindle Edition 716837 $9.99 2012
Balthazar (The Alexandria Quartet, 2) Kindle Edition 574925 $9.99 2012
Alexandria Quartet 4 Volumes Boxed Set Hardcover 1612474 $50.00 1961
Justine (The Alexandria Quartet, 1) Kindle Edition 169816 $9.99 2012
Mountolive (Alexandria Quartet) Paperback 614591 $9.58 $1.30 1991
Clea (Alexandria Quartet) Paperback 1150011 $9.43 $1.30 1991
Balthazar Audible Audiobook 160681 $14.95 2000
Justine: Book I of the Alexandria Quartet Paperback 7889493 $10.22 $0.01 1981
The Alexandria Quartet Paperback 67221 $18.95 $10.89 2020