Les Liaisons Dangereuses

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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. And they play this game with such wit and style that it is impossible not to admire them, until they discover mysterious rules that they cannot understand. In the ensuing battle there can be no ...

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Overview

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. And they play this game with such wit and style that it is impossible not to admire them, until they discover mysterious rules that they cannot understand. In the ensuing battle there can be no winners, and the innocent 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 a world we still inhabit.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780571137244
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • Publication date: 1/1/1985
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 4.95 (w) x 7.77 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Hampton was born in the Azores in 1946. He wrote his first play, When Did You Last See Your Mother? at the age of eighteen. His work for the theatre, television and cinema includes The Philanthropist, adaptations of Ibsen and Moliere, and the screenplays Dangerous Liaisons, Carrington and The Secret Agent, the last two of which he also directed.
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