Belle du Seigneur by Albert Cohen
A Novel

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Published in 1968, this hilarious mock-epic concerning the mental world of the cuckold has since established itself beyond all doubt as a major novel of the 20th century. Disillusioned by his work as Under-Secretary General of the League of Nations, Solal, a Mediterranean Jew with great gifts and crippling idealism, searches for the Absolute in a "chemically pure" love affair.
 

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David Coward is Professor of French Literature Emeritus at the University of Leeds.
 
Published May 1, 1996 by Viking Adult. 992 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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 The first US publication of a celebrated 1968 work that won France's Grand Prix du Roman and earned its late author (18951981) comparison with Joyce and Proust and serious Nobel Prize consideration.

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A vast, astonishing satire of modern life, Cohen's continuously digressive comic novel, set in Geneva in the 1930s, skewers, above all else, the emptiness of middle-class existence, its worship of pow

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His gleefully observed gallery of fools exposes a catalogue of human failings--pretense, envy, snobbery, machismo, conformity--all typified by the man Solal cuckolds, Adrien Deume, a hypocritical, bigoted bureaucrat whose narrow-mindedness contrasts with the League's grand ambitions.

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