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Sebastian

(1983)
(The fourth book in the Avignon Quintet series)
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A quest for meaning in a world gone mad - the fourth novel in The Avignon Quintet Lt the end of World War II Sebastian, an Egyptian banker who has been living in Geneva, is chosen for a ritual death by a secret gnostic clan based in Alexandria. His autistic son is being treated by Constance, a brilliant psychoanalyst and Sebastian's former lover. Constances attempt to reshape her life and Sebastian's quest for a death already ordained are at the center of a complex, thought-provoking story. Etched in clean prose, erotic and suspenscful, this novel probes the dark recesses of the human mind and spirit and considers the possibilities for renewal. Lawrence Durrell calls The Airignon Quintet a quincunx of novels (four items hidden in a square, with a fifth in the center). They are dependent on one another as echoes might be... books roped together like climbers on a rockface, but independent. Worth reading for the suspenscful story, the originality of plot and the unique vision of life that is Lawrence Durrell's Minneapolis Tribune Suggestive, sensational, evocative, and haunting Worcester Telegram.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

February 1984 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sebastian, Or Ruling Passions
Author(s): Lawrence Durrell
ISBN: 0-670-62741-0 / 978-0-670-62741-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Viking Press
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October 1983 : UK Hardback
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Title: Sebastian: Or, Ruling Passions
Author(s): Lawrence Durrell
ISBN: 0-571-13111-5 / 978-0-571-13111-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Paperback Editions

June 1985 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sebastian or Ruling Passions
Author(s): Lawrence Durrell
ISBN: 0-14-007705-7 / 978-0-14-007705-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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May 1985 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sebastian: Or, Ruling Passions
Author(s): Lawrence Durrell
ISBN: 0-571-13445-9 / 978-0-571-13445-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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