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ISBN13: 9780940322486
ISBN10: 094032248x
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Colette herself considered The Pure and the Impure her best book, "the nearest I shall ever come to writing an autobiography." This guided tour of the erotic netherworld with which Colette was so intimately acquainted begins in the darkness and languor of a fashionable opium den. It continues as a series of unforgettable encounters with men and, especially, women whose lives have been improbably and yet permanently transfigured by the strange power of desire. Lucid and lyrical, The Pure and the Impure stands out as one of modern literature's subtlest reckonings not only with the varieties of sexual experience, but with the always unlikely nature of love.

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"Faced with [The Pure and the Impure's] perfect, lapidary and truth-bearing sentences, one's only appropriate response is to fall to one's knees and surrender." Terry Castle, London Review of Books

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"Colette has always seemed to me the most authentic feminist heroine of all women writers." Erica Jong

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"[The Pure and the Impure] is redolent with exploits from the era when Colette, the 'truth seeker,' was coming into her own, both as a writer and as a sexual explorer, spelunking in the dark recesses of the French underworld." Elissa Schappell, Bookforum

About the Author

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette [1873-1954], one of the greatest French writers of the twentieth-century, was born in the French countryside, where she led a childhood that she always described as idyllic. At 20 she moved to Paris with her new husband Willy, a notorious journalist and man about town, and published, under his name, the celebrated Claudine novels. Among her most celebrated books are Cheri and The End of Cherie, The Vagabond, and The Cat. On her death Colette received a state funeral — the first ever accorded to a woman by the French Republic.

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publishing, September 21, 2007 (view all comments by publishing)
This is my all time favorite novel by Colette, and I am happy to read that it was her favorite as well.

No other novel so darkly explores the Bohemian underworld of Paris during it's golden age of art, literature, and theater.

I've yet to read a novelist who can top Colette's precision in prose and understanding of human psychology.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780940322486
Author:
Colette, Sidonie-Gabriel
Publisher:
NYRB Classics
Translator:
Briffault, Herma
Introduction:
Thurman, Judith
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Erotica
Subject:
Erotica - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
152-99
Publication Date:
20091027
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.00x5.01x.60 in. .47 lbs.

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Product details 208 pages NYRB Classics - English 9780940322486 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Faced with [The Pure and the Impure's] perfect, lapidary and truth-bearing sentences, one's only appropriate response is to fall to one's knees and surrender."
"Review" by , "Colette has always seemed to me the most authentic feminist heroine of all women writers."
"Review" by , "[The Pure and the Impure] is redolent with exploits from the era when Colette, the 'truth seeker,' was coming into her own, both as a writer and as a sexual explorer, spelunking in the dark recesses of the French underworld."
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