Les Enfants Terribles by Jean Cocteau

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A tragedy about the power of the imagination and the strange, claustrophobic world of childhood.

At home, Paul shares a private world with his sister Elisabeth, a world from which parents are tacitly excluded. Their room is where the Game is played, the Game being their own bizarre version of life. All that they do outside is effectively controlled by the rules of the Game -- but unfortunately the rules of the Game prescribe that two children must die.
 

About Jean Cocteau

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JEAN COCTEAU (1889-1963) -- poet, novelist, dramatist, artist, musician, choreographer, film-maker, and actor -- was one of the most talented Frenchmen of the twentieth century and a leading figure in the Surrealist movement. In addition to his popular novel Les Enfants Terribles (1929), he is best remembered in the English-speaking world for the film of Orph-e (1950) and perhaps his play La Machine Infernale (1934).
 
Published September 28, 2011 by Vintage Classics. 144 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction