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A gift book of poems from author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernières, beautifully illustrated with line drawings

Poetry was Louis de Bernières’ first literary love and Imagining Alexandria is his debut poetry collection. Here the author of the much-loved Captain Corelli’s Mandolin returns us to the vivid Mediterranean landscape of his fiction.

De Bernières was introduced to Greek poetry while in Corfu in 1983, and since then he has always travelled with a book of Cavafy's poetry in his pocket. Not surprisingly, his own poems about the distant past, the erotic and the philosophical owe much to the influence of the great Alexandrian poet.

Beautifully illustrated with line drawings by Donald Sammut, this is a collection rich in sensuality, nostalgia, and music.

Reviews

Direct, evocative, erotic and tinged with sadness. What more should poetry be?

Telegraph

De Bernieres captures with quiet assurance that Cavafy music of resigned, sensual sadness as lovers depart, gods retreat and dynasties collapse

Boyd Tonkin, Independent

Delightful

Suzi Feay, Independent on Sunday

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9781846557439

    September 2, 2013

    Harvill Secker

    112 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook

    9781448161157

    August 15, 2013

    Vintage Digital

    112 pages

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Also by Louis de Bernieres

So Much Life Left Over
The Cat in the Treble Clef
Of Love and Desire
The Dust that Falls from Dreams
The Death of Miss Agatha Feakes (Storycuts)
Talking to George (Storycuts)
The Girt Pike (Storycuts)
Notwithstanding
A Partisan's Daughter
Birds Without Wings
Sunday Morning At The Centre Of The World
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman
Senor Vivo & The Coca Lord
War Of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts

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