I ask whether there can be any hesitation?

There are two positions available to us - either crime which renders us happy, or the noose, which renders us unhappy. I ask whether there can be any hesitation, lovely Thérèse , and where will your little mind find an argument to combat that one? - D.A.F. Sade: Justine
That is the epigraph from the first of Lawrence Durrell's tetralogy of novels The Alexandria Quartet which presents four perspectives on a single set of events in Alexandria, Egypt, at the time of World War II. Moroccan-born composer Maurice Ohana's Signes for flute, piano, percussion and two zithers (one tuned chromatically, one tuned in micro intervals) played by Ensemble "Ars Nova" de l'ORTF directed by Marius Constant is the soundtrack for this post. More on Lawrence Durrell here and more on that Erato recording and Maurice Ohana here.

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