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Pushkin Press, Feb 1, 1998 - Fiction - 157 pages
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A young and beautiful widow falls in love with a notorious womanizer. The tranquil setting in turn-of-the-century Holland belies the degree of suffering and pain that Cecile, the young widow, has to endure in the midst of polite society. Ecstasy is the moving story of thwarted and unspoken passion as Cecile abandons herself to love.

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Couperus was born in the Hague. He was taken by his family to the Dutch East Indies where he remained until his father's death. He settled in Italy after his marriage in 1891. He was a prolific novelist who work has been compared with thomas Hardy because of their mutual interest in the themes of fate and the relentless force of inherited tragedy. He died of blood poisoning.

John Gray is a professor of European thought at the London School of Economics, and the author of False Dawn and Two Faces of Liberalism, both available from The New Press.

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