Les Liaisons dangereuses

Paperback | May 17, 2008

byPierre Choderlos de LaclosTranslated byDouglas ParmeeIntroduction byDavid Coward

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This a new translation into English of this classic French novel. 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, forman 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 aboutLaclos's own life and puts the book in its literary and cultural context.

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This a new translation into English of this classic French novel. 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 ...

Douglas Parmee is Retired Fellow of Queen's College, Cambridge. He is the translator of Nana, Attack on the Mill (Zola) and A Sentimental Journey (Flaubert) for World's Classics. David Coward is Professor of French at the University of Leeds. He is the translator and editor of Maupassant, de Sade, and Dumas in World's Classics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.87 inPublished:May 17, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199536481

ISBN - 13:9780199536481

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