- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (26 Nov. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192838679
- ISBN-13: 978-0192838674
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2.3 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 891,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Les Liaisons Dangereuses (English Translation) Paperback – 26 Nov 1998
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The Oxford World's Classic edition offers students an excellent introduction to this classic text and also important notes and chronologies. (Dr. Paraic Finnerty, University of Portsmouth.)
The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782) one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. The subject of major film and stage adaptations, the novel's prime movers, the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, form an unholy alliance and turn seduction into a game - a game which they must win. This new translation gives Laclos a modern voice, and readers will be able a judge whether the novel is as 'diabolical' and 'infamous' as its critics have claimed, or whether it has much to tell us about the kind of world we ourselves live in. David Coward's introduction explodes myths about Laclos's own life and puts the book in its literary and cultural context.
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That this novel, written in 1779, seems so modern and fresh in 2009 is surely a mark of genius. It has all the attributes of a modern book in that it is impossible to put down (a page-turner),is spot on in descriptions of male/female behaviour (emotional intelligence), has a very moral message and most of all, spellbinding characters. That this is all achieved through a series of letters makes the result even more astonishing, as although it might put some people off to hear that a novel is written through letters, here one is so bound up in the story that it only registers later that it is entirely in letters..
Don't miss reading this. It is one of the 100 books one must read, if only purely for enjoyment.
I place it up there with Dickens, Tolstoy, Proust, et al, as a very great work of literature which manages to be utterly enjoyable as well. de Laclos expressed a wish that "this book would create some stir in the world and would continue to do so after I've gone....." It does!
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