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A Selected Fiction? Lawrence Durrell and the Overgrown Typescript of Bitter Lemons

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David Roessel
David Roessel

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This article looks at previously unmined archival documents in order to explore the preand post-publication history of Lawrence Durrell’s Bitter Lemons, a travelogue written during the ‘emergency years’ of the EOKA campaign against British rule and for union with Greece. It examines the ways in which paratextual documents surrounding this publication history illuminate the awkward, sometimes contradictory, relationship between Durrell’s book and the last years of the British colonial government in Cyprus, a government for which Durrell worked as an employee in the Public Information Office.


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Lawrence Durrell; Bitter Lemons; Cyprus; Rodis Roufos

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