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ISBN13: 9780140449570
ISBN10: 0140449574
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A new translation of one of the most notorious novels of all time

Published just years before the French Revolution, Laclos's great novel of moral and emotional depravity is a disturbing and ultimately damning portrayal of a decadent society. Aristocrats and ex-lovers Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont embark on a sophisticated game of seduction and manipulation to bring amusement to their jaded lives. While Merteuil challenges Valmont to seduce an innocent convent girl, he is also occupied with the conquest of a virtuous married woman. Eventually their human pawns respond, and the consequences prove to be more serious-and deadly-than the players could have ever predicted.

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The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782) one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. Its prime movers, the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, gifted, wealthy, and bored, form an unholy alliance and turn seduction into a game - a game which they must win. And they play with such wit and style that it is impossible not to admire them - until they discover that the game has mysterious rules that they cannot understand. In the ensuing vicious battle there can be no victors, and the innocent will suffer with the guilty. This new translation gives Laclos a modern voice, and readers will be able to 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.

About the Author

Choderlos de Laclos (1741-1803) entered the army at the age of eighteen and reached the rank of capitaine-commandant without seeing battle. He was sent to the island of Aix, where Dangerous Liaisons was written.

Helen Constantine, current chairman of the Translators' Association, has translated Théophile Gautier's Mademoiselle de Maupin for Penguin Classics.

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DANE, April 22, 2015 (view all comments by DANE)
Over the years there must have been a dozen adaptations of this story but if you've never read the original, do pick up a copy of this newer translation. Composed of a series of letters between the characters, this classic novel is a wonderfully wicked snapshot of aristocratic life in 18th century France. And if you think Madame de Merteuil came to a bad end in the Glenn Close film version, wait until you see how things turn out for her here!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140449570
Author:
Laclos, Choderlos De
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Constantine, Helen
Author:
de Laclos, Choderlos
Author:
Choderlos Laclos, Pierre-AmbroisFrancois
Author:
Choderlos de Laclos, Pierre-Ambrois-Francois
Author:
Pierre-AmbroisFrancois Choderlos Laclos
Author:
Constantine, Helen
Author:
Laclos, Choderlos de
Author:
Pierre-Ambrois-Francois Choderlos de Laclos
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Seduction
Subject:
Aristocracy (Social class)
Subject:
Epistolary fiction
Subject:
France Social life and customs.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
20071131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7.76x5.16x1.05 in. .73 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 448 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140449570 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782) one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. Its prime movers, the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, gifted, wealthy, and bored, form an unholy alliance and turn seduction into a game - a game which they must win. And they play with such wit and style that it is impossible not to admire them - until they discover that the game has mysterious rules that they cannot understand. In the ensuing vicious battle there can be no victors, and the innocent will suffer with the guilty. This new translation gives Laclos a modern voice, and readers will be able to 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.
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