1999
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Published when she was only eighteen, Francoise Sagan's astonishing first novel, Bonjour Tristesse became an instant bestseller. It tells the story of Cecile, who leads a carefree life with her widowed father and his young mistresses until, one hot summer on the Riviera, he decides to remarry - with devastating consequences. In A Certain Smile Dominique, a young woman bored with her lover, begins an encounter with an older man that unfolds in unexpected and troubling ways. These stylish, shimmering and amoral tales had explicit sexual scenes removed for English publication in the 1950s. Now this fresh and accurate new translation presents the uncensored text of Sagan's masterpieces in full for the first time. A New Translation by Heather Lloyd With an Introduction by Rachel Cusk 'Francoise Sagan is the French F. Scott Fitzgerald.' Guardian 'Funny, thoroughly immoral and thoroughly French.' The Times

 

Details

ISBN: 9780141198750
Series: Penguin Modern Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 4 Apr 2013
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 19.8(H) x 12.9(L) x 1.4(W)
Weight (gm): 179

 

Author Biography

Francoise Sagan was born in France in 1935. Bonjour tristesse (1954), published when she was just 19, became a succes de scandale and even earned its author a papal denunciation. Sagan went on to write many other novels, plays and screenplays, and died in 2004. Heather Lloyd was previously Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Glasgow, and has published work on both Bonjour tristesse and Francoise Sagan. Rachel Cusk is the author of Saving Agnes (1993), which won the Whitbread First Novel Award; A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother (2001); and Arlington Park (2006), shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her most recent book is Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation (2012).
Bonjour Tristesse and A Certain Smile
1999

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