Les Liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
(Oxford World's Classics)

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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. The subject of major film and stage adaptations, the novel's prime movers, the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, form an unholy alliance and turn seduction into a game - a game which they must win.

This new translation gives Laclos a modern voice, and readers will be able a judge whether the novel is as `diabolical' and `infamous' as its critics have claimed, or whether it has much to tell us about the kind of world we ourselves live in. David Coward's introduction explodes myths about Laclos's own life and puts the book in its literary and cultural context. - ;The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782) one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. The subject of major film and stage adaptations, the novel's prime movers, the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, form an unholy alliance and turn seduction into a game - a game which they must win.

This new translation gives Laclos a modern voice, and readers will be able a judge whether the novel is as `diabolical' and `infamous' as its critics have claimed, or whether it has much to tell us about the kind of world we ourselves live in. David Coward's introduction explodes myths about Laclos's own life and puts the book in its literary and cultural context. - ;The Oxford World's Classic edition offers students an excellent introduction to this classic text and also important notes and chronologies. - Dr. Paraic Finnerty, University of Portsmouth.
 

About Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

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Douglas Parmee is Retired Fellow of Queen's College, Cambridge. He is the translator of Nana, Attack on the Mill (Zola) and A Sentimental Journey (Flaubert) for World's Classics. David Coward is Professor of French at the University of Leeds. He is the translator and editor of Maupassant, de Sade, and Dumas in World's Classics.
 
Published May 18, 1995 by Oxford University Press, UK. 452 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The 1988 movie "Dangerous Liaisons," in an Oscar-winning adaptation by Christopher Hampton from his 1985 London play, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," made such an indelible impression on the imagination that many theater companies have been fearful of following in its shadow.

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Project MUSE

Le chapitre premier dresse un portrait-charge du petit-maître dévoré par la soif de pouvoir et de prestige social plus que par le désir des femmes, campé en intrigant sans scrupule, en parasite arrogant qui avance masqué sur la scène du monde.

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Washingtonian

Baby face only partially hidden under a wispy goatee, he flips so effortlessly between sociopathic scheming with the Marquise de Merteuil (Julie Moulier) and expressing true vulnerability to the saintly Madame de Tourvel (Jina Djemba) that his elaborate seduction of a paragon of...

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Crikey

To condense De Laclos’ rambling opus into a tight, thrilling play (even if it’s still a longish one) is a feat of determination in itself.

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Twin Cities Daily Planet

From Dangerous Liaisons to Cruel Intentions, Valmont and the Marquise typically seem godlike until they finally crack—but Greseth and Pennington play them like bruisers, and they're more likely than John Malkovich and Glenn Close to make you think of actual people you've known who manipulate love...

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