A new translation of one of the most notorious novels of all time
Published just years before the French Revolution, Laclos's great novel of moral and emotional depravity is a disturbing and ultimately damning portrayal of a decadent society. Aristocrats and ex-lovers Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont embark on a sophisticated game of seduction and manipulation to bring amusement to their jaded lives. While Merteuil challenges Valmont to seduce an innocent convent girl, he is also occupied with the conquest of a virtuous married woman. Eventually their human pawns respond, and the consequences prove to be more serious--and deadly--than the players could have ever predicted.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BeeQuiet - LibraryThing
Madame Merteuil holds my favourite monologue belonging to any character in this absolute masterpiece of a play. It's a masterclass in the deceipt so often naturally inclusive in human relations. Read full review
So Good!User Review - nyangel - Borders
I have never been into classics, but this one was amazing. I had to read this book for my undergraduate English class a few weeks ago, and the entire class loved it. The 1988 movie didn't do it ... Read full review