Hecate by Pierre Jean Jouve
The Adventure of Catherine Crachat: I (Adventure of Catherine Crachat/Pierre Jean Jouve, 1)

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First published as companion volumes in France, Pierre Jean Jouve's novels Hecate and Vagadu trace the carnal and emotional liaisons of Catherine Crachat, a Parisian actress. Hecate recounts the debaucheries and betrayals of a vicious love triangle: Catherine Crachat and her young lover, Pierre Indemini, part ways in Paris, only to be drawn separately to Vienna and into the web of lust and intrigue cast by the Baroness Fanny Felicitas Hohenstein. Desired both by Fanny and by Pierre, Catherine must choose between joining in the threesome that Fanny is cultivating, or losing both friend and former lover. The deaths of Pierre and of Fanny force Catherine to explore the intersection of love, hatred, and spiritual striving which threatens her very identity.
 

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Lydia Davis is the author of four works of fiction and was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her translations.
 
Published October 1, 1989 by French & European Pubns. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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8101-6038-2): An overheated but compelling novel (the first of companion volumes originally published in 1928: see below) recounts the troubled love life of a French movie star (her surname translates as ``spit'') who falls in love with a beautiful young man, loses him, then finds him again many ...

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Years later in Vienna, Catherine meets Baroness Fanny Felicitas Hohenstein, a bisexual femme fatale who tries to persuade her to take part in a menage a trois with Fanny's current lover--none other than the elusive Pierre.

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