Bonjour Tristesse

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Bonjour Tristesse

By Francoise Sagan; Irene Ash (Translator); Diane Johnson (Introduction by)

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061440793, 130pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2008

Description

Endearing, self-absorbed, seventeen-year-old Cecile is the very essence of untroubled amorality. Freed from the stifling constraints of boarding school, she joins her father a handsome, still-young widower with a wandering eye for a carefree, two-month summer vacation in a beautiful villa outside of Paris with his latest mistress, Elsa. Cecile cherishes the free-spirited moments she and her father share, while plotting her own sexual adventures with a "tall and almost beautiful" law student. But the arrival of her late mother's best friend, Anne, intrudes upon a young girl's pleasures. And when a relationship begins to develop between the adults, Cecile and her lover set in motion a plan to keep them apart...with tragic, unexpected consequences.

The internationally beloved story of a precocious teenager's attempts to understand and control the world around her, Francoise Sagan's Bonjour Tristesse is a beautifully composed, wonderfully ambiguous celebration of sexual liberation, at once sympathetic and powerfully unsparing.



About the Author
Nee en 1935 a Carjac, dans le Lot, Francoise Sagan grandit a Paris. Apres son baccalaureat, elle s inscrit a la Sorbonne. C est durant l ete 1953 qu elle redige "Bonjour tristesse". Le roman est publie et connait un succes fulgurant. Elle a dix-huit ans. Elle fait la connaissance du Tout-Paris litteraire et voyage. En 1956, son deuxieme roman, "Un certain sourire", est egalement un succes. Francoise Sagan commence alors a adopter un style de vie qui fait scandale et contribuera a son mythe: casinos, boites de nuit et voitures de sport. Victime, en 1957, d un grave accident de la route, elle en gardera des sequelles qui la poussent a abuser des medicaments et de l alcool. Elle a publie une cinquantaine de romans, ecrit quelques pieces de theatre (notamment "Chateau en Suede") et participe a l ecriture de scenarios. En 1985, le prix Prince Pierre de Monaco recompense l ensemble de son uvre. Ruinee et gravement malade, elle meurt en septembre 2004.



Diane Johnson, a three-time National Book Award finalist (most recently in 1997 for Le Divorce), is the author of twelve previous books. She divides her time between San Francisco and Paris.