Dangerous Liaisons

Dangerous Liaisons

By Choderlos de Laclos; Helen Constantine (Translator)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140449570, 418pp.

Publication Date: November 2007

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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About the Author
Peter Washington is the author of Liberty Theory and the End of English and Madame Blavatsky's Baboon.

"From the Hardcover edition.

Helen Constantine is editor of the magazine Modern Poetry in Translation and the editor/translator of Paris Tales.

Praise For Dangerous Liaisons

"If this book burns, it burns as only ice can burn."