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Belle du Seigneur (1968)

by Albert Cohen

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Set largely in Geneva in the mid-1930s, this is a sprawling, baroque novel and a brilliantly sustained commentary on middle-class manners. Its classic status has recently been confirmed by its inclusion in the prestigious Gallimard Pleiade.
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A world of romantic love, perhaps obsession, that carries the reader forward through the machinations of the heart:

"And that was not all, for she had other weapons in her armoury which the poor devil knew only too well: reprisals for the morning after. These included headaches, sit-down strikes in her room, swollen eyes offered as evidence of tears shed in solitude, a whole battery of ailments, stubborn sulks, an embattled loss of appetite, fatigue, forgetfulness, dejected airs--the complete, fearsome panoply of the helpless but quite invincible female." ( )
  jwhenderson | Oct 11, 2019 |
17/2009 ( )
  TheAuntie | Aug 23, 2012 |
Un des plus beaux romans d'amour, qui fini mal, évidemment ( comme le dit la chanson des Rita Mitsouko)
1 vote LucileDesligneres | Apr 10, 2011 |
What a relief when the main characters finally kill themselves!
2 vote Svada | May 4, 2008 |
Chef D'oeuvre. Que dire qui n'a pas déjà été dit? ( )
  briconcella | Feb 28, 2007 |
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Cohen, Albertprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Albiñana, JavierTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coward, DavidTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fuster, JaumeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Killisch-Horn, Michael vonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kossodo, HelmutTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Viitanen, Anna-MaijaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Descendu de cheval, il allait le long des noisetiers et des églantiers, suivi des deux chevaux que le valet d'écurie tenait par les rênes, allait dans le craquement du silence, torse nu sous le soleil de midi, allait et souriait, étrange et princier, sûr d'une victoire.
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Set largely in Geneva in the mid-1930s, this is a sprawling, baroque novel and a brilliantly sustained commentary on middle-class manners. Its classic status has recently been confirmed by its inclusion in the prestigious Gallimard Pleiade.

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