Updated: Nov 3, 2020
Durrell’s star first appeared in the sky of western culture during the late 1950s, with the publication of the Alexandria Quartet, which won him two Nobel nominations in the 60s, albeit never actually securing the prize. Nowadays, he is mostly known as the brother of zoologist Gerald Durrell (1925-1995), author of the best-selling My Family and Other Animals, among other works. But Durrell and his oeuvre nevertheless remain relevant to this day. His life and work epitomise the quest for meaning of the modern man in the western world of the in latter half of the twentieth century.
In 2012, The Lawrence Durrell International Society held a centenary conference in London dedicated to his life and work. It was the first time I presented my work on Durrell, which was soon to materialize into my Ph.D thesis and then a publication of a Hebrew edition in 2016 and and English edition in 2018.
In 2017, I was invited to deliver a lecture at the World Congress of Psychotherapy (WCP) conference in Paris, where I talked about Durrell and modern love.