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The Illusionist
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The Illusionist

by Francoise Mallet-Joris, Terry Castle (Introduction)
 

Bored and lonely, 15-year-old Hélène decides to pay a visit to her father’s mistress. Within days, she is captivated by Tamara, a Russian émigré whose arts of enchantment include lingering kisses, sudden dismissals, and savage, rapturous reunions. As long as she submits to Tamara, Hélène is permitted to stay near her

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Bored and lonely, 15-year-old Hélène decides to pay a visit to her father’s mistress. Within days, she is captivated by Tamara, a Russian émigré whose arts of enchantment include lingering kisses, sudden dismissals, and savage, rapturous reunions. As long as she submits to Tamara, Hélène is permitted to stay near her: reading forbidden novels, meeting Tamara’s bohemian friends, and learning more “refinements of depravity” than the gossiping matrons of her provincial French town could imagine existed. Flemish writer Françoise Mallet-Joris was 20 years old in 1951 when her first novel, Le Rempart des Beguines — published in English as The Illusionist — created a sensation in France. This contemplative, beautifully written book, with its dark undercurrents of desire, has its origins in Madame Bovary and the novels of Colette, and was a precursor to Françoise Sagan’s similarly themed Bonjour Tristesse.

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Published when Mallet-Joris was just 19 years old, this 1952 book tells the story of a flaming lesbian affair between an adolescent girl and her father's 35-year-old mistress. Quite racy at the time but tame by today's standards.


—Michael Rogers

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ISBN-13:
9781573442534
Publisher:
Cleis Press
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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