Les liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Douglas Parmée, David Coward

By Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Douglas Parmée, David Coward

The advanced ethical ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782) the most scandalous and debatable novels in eu literature. Its major movers, the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil--gifted, prosperous, and bored--form an unholy alliance and switch seduction right into a online game. and so they play this video game with such wit and elegance that it really is most unlikely to not recognize them, till they realize mysterious ideas that they can't comprehend. within the resulting conflict there might be no winners, and the blameless undergo with the guilty.
This new translation supplies Laclos a latest voice, and readers could be capable of pass judgement on no matter if the radical is as "diabolical" and "infamous" as its critics have claimed, or no matter if it has a lot to inform us a couple of international we nonetheless inhabit

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In Great Britain, its author was unknown to all but Francophiles like Swinburne, and Ernest Dowson’s translation, the first in over a century, was privately printed when it appeared in 1898. But by the end of the century, Laclos was beginning to find defenders on both sides of the Channel who looked beyond the ‘second-rate Machiavelli’ and ‘consummate immoralist’ of academic criticism. His Essays on Women, his verse, and his correspondence were published and they showed a new side to him. He found an influential champion in Paul Bourget, while the publication in 1903 of Baudelaire’s enthusiastic notes for a study of Les Liaisons dangereuses added considerably to his stature.

Manipulation replaces fair dealing, sex is power and love a form of weakness. But does Les Liaisons dangereuses criticize or promote such attitudes? Is freedom to be achieved by abandoning the moral ideals and social constraints which stand in the way of personal gratification? Or does true self-fulfilment lie in subordinating the self, respecting the feelings of others, and accepting the rules of civilized conduct? Most ‘libertine’ novelists set themselves the task of pushing back the frontiers, of demolishing the old taboos, in the name of freedom.

Liaisons dangereuses. English] Les liaisons dangereuses/Pierre Choderlos de Laclos; translated and edited by Douglas Parmée; introduction by David Coward. p. —(Oxford world’s classics) France—Social life and customs—18th century—Fiction. 2. Aristocracy (Social class)—France—Fiction. 3. Man-woman relationships— France—Fiction. I. Parmée, Douglas. II. Title. III. Series. 6—dc20 94-30781 ISBN–13: 978–0–19–283867–4 ISBN–10: 0–19–283867–9 13 Printed in Great Britain by Clays Ltd, St Ives plc OXFORD WORLD’S CLASSICS For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics have brought readers closer to the world’s great literature.

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