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The Devil in the Flesh by [Radiguet, Raymond]
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"A triumph of the poetic intelligence: a masterpiece.""--New Statesman""Christopher Moncrieff 's new translation carries Radiguet's frank, staccato prose well. The confessional honesty of the language is what makes the book both shocking and sad.""--Times Literary Supplement"""The Devil in the Flesh "is unretouched and seems shocking, but nothing so resembles cynicism as clairvoyance. No adolescent be- fore Radiguet has delivered to us the secret of that age: we have all falsified it." --Francois Mauriac"Although Radiguet was so young, he had managed to zone in on the perversity of human love with an accuracy which anticipates, or is in parallel development with, Freud. . . . His insights compel us to keep reading, in the unpleasant knowledge that we may learn something, possibly even about ourselves. . . . One of the measures of the book's brilliance is that its morality, or its amorality, is not clear-cut." "--The Guardian""A masterpiece of promise." --Jean Cocteau

About the Author

Raymond Radiguet was born near Paris on 18th June 1903. He dropped out of his lycée in order to pursue his interests in journalism and literature, and associated himself with the Modernist set, befriending Picasso, Max Jacob, Jean Hugo, Juan Gris and especially Jean Cocteau, who became his mentor. His first novel, Le Diable au corps, was published in 1923 and became a runaway bestseller in France. Radiguet died of typhoid fever the same year, at the age of twenty. His second novel, Le bal du Comte d'Orgel was published posthumously in 1924.

Fay Weldon was born in 1931 and grew up in New Zealand. Her work includes over twenty novels, five collections of short stories, several children's books, non-fiction books, magazine articles, a memoir and a number of plays written for television, radio and the stage.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 960 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Pushkin Press; Reprint edition (31 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009A98MRK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #512,399 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 25 Feb. 2002
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I hadn't heard about Raymond Radiguet before but stumbled across him while surfing amazon and decided to give it a go and i have to say i was not disappointed.
Hard to believe he was only between the ages of 16 and 18 when he wrote this. For his age the talent and wisdom he shows within his writing is pretty remarkable, the characters are extremely well written and the relationship between the two lovers very much believable(he himself had a relationship with an older woman). The story itself has a quick pace and he never stops to mull over unessacery details. The ending is extremely sad and left me with a real sense of loss.
I don't think apart from Le Grande Meaulnes have i ever been moved by a novel quite as much as this.
Not many people seem to have heard of him which is a shame as he produced in my opinion a classic novel of real depth and beauty, you can only imagine had he lived beyond his 20 years what else he would have been able to have produced.
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'The Devil in the Flesh' is the first of two novels written by teenage prodigy Raymond Radiguet before his untimely death from typhoid fever at the age of twenty. Semi-autobiographical, the story charts a tumultuous love affair between a sixteen year old boy and a married woman whose husband is away fighting in the First World War.

The book is inherently nasty, exploring lust and obsession at its most selfish, and yet one cannot help but root for the couple's success. The unnamed narrator's ruminations on love are as profound as they are disturbing and pessimistic. Theirs is an all-consuming romance which is destined to end in ruins. His feelings for Marthe are paradoxical: they are tainted by, or perhaps they inspire, his 'despotic instincts' which drive him to possess and control her both mentally and physically. Whilst she wallows in her contempt for her husband, burning and tearing his unopened letters, he fluctuates between feelings of remorse and a jealous hatred of the cuckolded man. Their affair becomes the scandal of the town - which inspires an amusing scene of black comedy - and all the while, time is steadily marching towards the inevitable: the war can't last forever and the lovers must soon face the consequences of their actions.

Controversial upon its release, this is a book that still retains the power to disturb us today. Set during a time of unimaginable loss and anguish, the protagonists remain selfishly indifferent. The Great War is never depicted first hand and we are barely afforded a glimpse of soldier-husband Jacques - a man who seems to exist in a reality far apart from that of these young and careless people. As the narrator informs us: 'Let those who are already reproaching me try to imagine what the war meant for so many of us very young boys - four years of holiday.'
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My browsing experience on Amazon led me to this wonderful novel, "The Devil in the Flesh, by Raymond Radiguet. I had not heard of the novel before my browsing experience and I must admit that one of things that attracted me to considering the novel as one that I should read is the erotic and alluring picture on the front cover - at least in the edition that was on display on Amazon at the time. There certainly is much to be said about the cover in which a novel is presented. However, eroticism aside, between the covers of this short novel is a profound analysis of what love means albeit through the selfish and manipulative perspective of our nameless narrator.

Radiguet's novel is set against the backdrop of the First World War. One of the implicit impacts of the war is that the young men of the nameless town where the novel is set is drawn away to the battle fields. The young heroine's, Marthe, fiancé and later husband, Jacques, is one such young man taken up by the war. Into this vacuum steps our young nameless 16 year old narrator who falls for Marthe, aged 19. The narrator's love is reciprocated by Marthe and their love develops into a full blown adult-like relationship with the eventual birth of a son. In the context of a ménage a trios, youthful love and the local people's reaction, Radiguet presents us with a brilliant exploration, from one perspective, of what it means to be in love.

Along with the exploration of love, the novel is about desire. Radiguet used the backdrop of the war to allow his main characters to push against the boundaries of local conventions.
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Radiguet's first novel was written when the author was between the ages of sixteen and eighteen. Set in France during the First World War it is the story of a precocious boy who gradually becomes drawn into a passionate and reckless affair with a married woman, Marthe. Marthe's husband is fighting in the trenches and the community is outraged when the affair becomes public knowledge. It is this sense of public indignation that Radiguet reacts against. In an era when the questioning of a nation's authority left one a political and emotional suspect Radiguet's story is a refreshing and corruscating plea in support of individual expression. The Devil in the Flesh shows, like all Radiguet's fiction, a belief in the sanctity and correctness of love above all other concerns. He sees betrayal where other writers see fidelity, and fidelity where others see betrayal. Love is shown to be an extraordinary gift and its is the duty of each individual to follow the prompting of the heart regardless of public opinion. The author is strict in adherance to his own moral code and the result is the most honest, most moving love story of any age. One of the great works of this, or any other, century.
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