Les Liaisons dangereuses

Les Liaisons dangereuses Review

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.

Title:Les Liaisons dangereuses
Edition Language:English

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  • Bill Kerwin

    Dangerous Liaisons improves as it progresses. I was tempted to abandon it, but I persisted and am glad, for--although this epistolary novel of the last days of the ancien regime initially appears to b...

  • Adina

    That rare feeling, that glow and knowing smile when you finish a book that satisfies you completely. I took my sweet time with this epistolary novel because it was delicious and I did not want it to e...

  • William2

    An absolutely magnificent novel! To think that it was published in 1782, seven years before the French Revolution. Liberté égalité fraternité! It has been argued that the novel thus caught a doome...

  • Lisa

    Oh the painful brilliance of these letters! Someone recently said to me that it is sad that people have stopped writing old-fashioned letters, being so much more personal and private than the frequent...

  • Michelle

    By the second letter, the film "Cruel Intentions" bloomed in my mind. I never even bothered to learn where that movie was adapted from. Now, I'm quite happy to have come upon this book ( I just love t...

  • Daniela

    Yesterday, as I was finishing this book, I thought I was going to give it four stars. When I finished it I gave it five. Today, I believe it might be the best book I've read so far this year. It is ch...

  • Manny

    Letter 94. Viscomte de Rayner to the Goodreads CommunityThis morning, I thought of M. de Laclos's charming novel for the first time in years, when an interfering busybody saw fit to edit my Quiz quest...

  • Dolors

    Definitely the best epistolary book I have ever read and probably one of the best novels displaying the double morale in the eighteenth century Paris.Monsieur de Laclos masters the style, creating two...

  • Michael Finocchiaro

    One of my all time favourite books, Les Liaisons dangereuses is a tour de force written entirely in letters. It is the only literature that nobleman Laclos every wrote but he hit a grand slam with thi...

  • Marquise

    Come back, my dear Vicomte, come back. Thus starts this tale of deceit and corruption through seduction, with a summons from the Marquise de Merteuil to her confidante and former lover, the...