issue no.1



In this section we introduce a new forum for studies in both Lawrence Durrell and Gerald Durrell. The three essays below will be followed in future issues of C.20 by further explorations of their books, lives and achievements. They are supplemented by a link to nine further essays on Lawrence Durrell on the Durrell Library of Corfu website.

We are confident that we will soon become the principal forum for such discussions, specially featuring work by younger scholars with new and stimulating viewpoints.

  • “Dreams, Divinations” – a deleted chapter from Reflections on a Marine Venus by Lawrence Durrell, edited and introduced by David Roessel
  • “Otto Rank and the Case of Lawrence Durrell” by Richard Pine
  • ” ‘A Private Individual Without Concern for Policy’: Lawrence Durrell according to the Times of Cyprus” by Ciara Barrick
  • ” ‘My Word, What an Experience!’ – Form and Readership in The Alexandria Quartet” by Bartolo Casiraghi


“Rainstorm on Peacock Island in Berlin 1949”, an extract from Ursula’s Triumph (volume 4 of the Berlin Book) by Brewster Chamberlin


  • “Two Men Waiting – a key trope in Irish drama” by Anthony Roche
  • “Monuments to Yugoslavia: Understanding Tito’s Modernist Memorials” by Benjamin Keatinge


by Simon Miles, Matthew Francis and Ahuva Batya (Constance) Scharff


  • “Amíliti/The Silent One” – a new work by composer Dimitra Tripani, with text by Pantelis Boukalas and décor by Katherine Wise: a preview by Richard Pine of its premières in Paxos and Athens
  • “Why Read? The Role of Writers & Books in the 21st Century” (Athens, October 2018) – Q&A with Yiorgos Chouliaras


Paraic O’Donnell, The House on Vesper Sands – reviewed by James Esposito


“The Saviours of God” – a note on Kazantzakis – by Bruce Redwine


In “Durrell Studies“:

Ciara Barrick compares and contrasts The Alexandria Quartet with Stratis Tsirkas’ trilogy Drifting Cities

Bruce Redwine discusses “Virgil and Durrell in Arcady: Umbra, Penumbra and Dark Pastoral”

A preview of the essays from ISLANDS OF THE MINDa festival of literature and psychology (hosted by the Durrell Library of Corfu in 2019) and due to be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (UK)


James Esposito reviews We are Made of Earth, the new novel by Panos KARNEZIS


C.20 – an international journal

is a peer-reviewed online international journal of the Durrell Library of Corfu, publishing on every aspect of literature and the arts in the twentieth century.

C.20 will have a special focus on the nucleus of writers and artists living in Paris in the 1930s, including Lawrence Durrell, Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Brassaï, Hans Reichel, Otto Rank and many others.

C.20 will have the following structure:

Essays on literature and the arts, including the visual arts and music

Work-in-progress: incipient fictions, poetry, essays

● Notes&Queries: a forum for lively and provocative exchange of views and information

Reviews of fiction, poetry, biography and historical and critical studies of any aspect of the twentieth century.

We will also publish requests for research-related information, notices of significant publications and events, reports on exhibitions, concerts and conferences.

Prospective contributors should send a summary of their proposed work to: All proposals which, in the opinion of the relevant editor, merit inclusion will be submitted for peer-review before being accepted for publication.

Editor: Richard Pine (Ireland and Greece)

Arts Editor: Dominic Green (UK and USA)

Greek Editor: Vera Konidari (Greece)

Poetry Editor: Rony Alfandary (Israel)

Editorial advisory board: Brewster Chamberlin (USA), Yiorgos Chouliaras (Greece), David Green (Australia), Bruce Redwine (USA), David Roessel (USA)