The Avignon Quintet
"Monsieur", "Livia", "Constance", "Sebastian" and "Quinx"
An omnibus edition of the five novels published by Durrell in a kaleidoscopic sequence between 1974 and 1985. The books are set mainly in Avignon and the ancient kingdom of Provence, though significant episodes in the quintet are set in the Egyptian desert, Venice, Paris, Vienna and Geneva.
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'The Avignon Quintet... is an enigmatic and secretive work, a cluster of dark passages and gaudy treasure-filled caves beside the thrusting baroque edifice of his earlier Alexandria Quartet,' said Patrick Parrinder in the London Review of Books. This is the first one-volume edition of the five novels that comprise it: Monsieur, Livia, Constance, Sebastian and Quinx, published between 1974 and 1985. These self-contained but closely linked novels, set mainly in and around southern France, but ranging widely in time and place, are vintage Durrell, exploring the lives and loves of a bizarre assortment of characters. (Kirkus UK)