Lovers by Daniel Arsand

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‘Lovers’ was a book which many will love for its poetic prose, I was just left thinking I had enjoyed but couldn’t get anything deeper from sadly.
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Sébastien is fifteen years old and already versed in the medicinal arts when he meets the young nobleman Balthazar de Créon, whose life he saves after the latter is thrown from a horse. De Créon, struck by the boy’s beauty as much by his talents as a healer, orders Sébastien to his manor some months later so he can instruct him in the ways of the court, hoping thus to install him as Louis XV’s surgeon. His motives, however, are clouded by his lust for Sébastien, and after a brief period of restraint Balthazar and Sébastien loose both their passion and their imaginations. But it is 1749 and their affair scandalizes the French court, bringing the king’s wrath down upon them. Balthazar is eventually presented with an ultimatum: repudiate Sébastien and live, or do not, and die.

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About the AuthorDaniel Arsand was born in Avignon in 1950 and currently works as an editor with Éditions Phébus in Paris. He is the author of several novels, including The Land of Darkness, winner of the Prix Fémina for First Fiction, and In Silence, winner of the Jean Giono Second Novel Grand Prix.About the TranslatorFor Europa Editions, Howard Curtis has translated Francisco Coloane's Tierra del Fuego and five novels by Jean-Claude Izzo, including all three books in Izzo's Marseilles Trilogy. His translation of the final book in this trilogy, Solea, was shortlisted for the French-American and Florence Gould Translation Prize in 2008.
Published May 29, 2012 by Europa Editions. 144 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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The Brooklyn Rail

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Reviewed by John Cotter

It is a thoughtful reading experience, not always easy or pleasant.

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Reviewed by Jameson Fitzpatrick on Jul 13 2012

Lovers feels as specific to its time period as it does timeless—fitting, as questions of time re-assert themselves again and again throughout the text.

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Of Books and Reading

Jun 24 2012

Lovers was a mix of prose and poetry. The writing left me speechless and wanting more.

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Savidge Reads

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Oct 15 2012

‘Lovers’ was a book which many will love for its poetic prose, I was just left thinking I had enjoyed but couldn’t get anything deeper from sadly.

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