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The Devil in the Flesh

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Hailed by Jean Cocteau as a "masterpiece," and by the Guardian as "Bret Easton Ellis's Less Than Zero, avant la lettre," this taut tale written by a teenager in the form of a frank "confession" is a gem of early twentieth century romanticism. Long unavailable in the U.S., it is here presented in a sparkling new translation.

Set in Paris during the First World War, it tells the story of Francois, the 16-year-old narrator, who falls in love with Marthe, an older, married woman whose husband is off fighting at the front. What seems to begin as a charming tale of puppy love quickly darkens, and they launch into a steamy affair. In the tense environment of the wartime city, their love takes on a desperation transcending their youthfulness.

And as the badly-kept secret of their relationship unfolds, scandal descends, leading the story to a final, startling conclusion—and causing the book itself to become a scandal when it was first published in 1923, just before the author's death at the age of 20.

About the Author

Raymond Radiguet, born in 1903, died at the age of 20 of typhoid fever. As a teenager he dropped out of school and entered Paris’s Modernist circle, befriending Picasso and, especially, Jean Cocteau, who became his mentor. He wrote The Devil in the Flesh at the age of 18 following his own love affair with a married woman—after Cocteau supposedly locked him in a hotel room so he wouldn’t go off on one of his drinking binges, forcing him instead to finish it.

Translator Christopher Moncreiff is one of the premier French translators of the 20th century. He has translated Gustave Flaubert and Victor Hugo.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781612190563
Author:
Radiguet, Raymond
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Author:
Moncrieff, Christopher
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Neversink
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8 x 4.98 x 0.33 in 0.36 lb

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