Author: Choderlos De Laclos
Translator: Jin Yoon
Publisher: Munhakgwa Jiseongsa
560 pages | 225*152mm
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About This Book
Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) is a famous French epistolary novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, first published in 1782. The book fascinates with its dark undertones. It is the story of the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, two rivals who use sex as a weapon to humiliate and degrade others, all the while enjoying their cruel games. It also depicts the decadence of the French aristocracy shortly before the French Revolution; thus it is seen as a work that exposes the perversions of the so-called Ancien Régime. The book is composed entirely of letters written by the various characters to each other. Especially the letters between Valmont and the Marquise set up the story, but those of other characters serve as illustrations and give the story its depth.
Vicomte de Valmont is determined to seduce the virtuous (and married) Madame de Tourvel, who is living with Madame de Rosemonde while M. Tourvel is traveling. At the same time, the Marquise de Merteuil is determined to corrupt the young Cécile de Volanges, who has only recently been brought out of a convent by her mother, Madame de Volanges, who wants to marry her off to a former lover of the Marquise. Instead, Cécile falls in love with the Chevalier Danceny, and Merteuil and Valmont pretend to want to help the secret lovers in order to use them in their schemes. Valmont discovers, by blackmailing the maid of Madame de Tourvel, that Madame de Volanges wrote to de Tourvel about...
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