Between the Wars

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The Between the Wars sequence, also known as the Pyat Quartet, is a fictional autobiography of Maxim Arturovitch Pyatnitski, colloquially known as Colonel Pyat. Pyat, a resident of Notting Hill during the 1970s, suffered a heart attack during the 1977 Notting Hill carnival when a group of revellers entered his shop. After his death his papers were deposited with local writer, Michael Moorcock who then proceeded to edit them into a publishable form over the next 30 years.

The title comes from Moorcock's working title for the Quartet: "A History of Mrs Cornelius Between The Wars".[1]

Taken together, the individual titles of the four novels in the sequence form the couplet:

Byzantium endures the laughter of Carthage;
Jerusalem commands the vengeance of Rome.


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The Vintage covers

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The PM covers