The villa at the heart of one of the 20th century’s most famous works of literature, The Alexandria Quartet, might soon be demolished.

After fleeing Nazi-occupied Greece, and for much of World War 2, Lawrence Durrell, twice shortlisted for the Nobel prize, shared the top floor of Villa Ambron with his Alexandrian second wife, Eve Cohen – the inspiration for Justine. Durrell left Egypt after the war, and the Ambron family sold the house in 1996. Now the developer who owns it says it may soon make way for a high-rise apartment block.

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