Count D'Orgel's Ball

By Raymond Radiguet; Annapaola Cancogni (Translator); Jean Cocteau (Foreword by)
(New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590171387, 160pp.)

Publication Date: March 2005

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Count d'Orgel is handsome, charming, and carefree, a model of cool aristocratic aplomb. His wife, the Countess, is beautiful and pure and loves her husband more than anything in the world. But from the moment the d'Orgels meet and befriend the clever young François de Séryeuse backstage at the circus, all three of these supremely civilized and witty people are caught up in an ever more intricate and seductive dance of deception and self-deception. At Count d'Orgel's masquerade ball, the real disguises are those of the human heart.

Completed just before Raymond Radiguet's death at the age of twenty, Count d'Orgel's Ball is a love story that is as disturbing as it is delicious.

About the Author
Raymond Radiguet est ne en 1903 et mort en 1923. En 1920, il fonde avec Jean Cocteau la revue Le Coq et publie son premier recueil de poesie. En 1923, son premier roman "Le Diable au corps" parait aux editions Grasset et assure dans l'histoire de la litterature sa place de genie precoce.

Jean Cocteau (1889 1963), French writer, artist, poet, and filmmaker; best known for his artistic ballets.
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