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. Dangerous Liaisons, novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, first published in as Les Liaisons dangereuses. The work, also translated as Dangerous. Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 2 by Choderlos de Laclos. Dangerous Connections, v. 1, 2, 3, 4 by Choderlos de Laclos. No cover.

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Les Liaisons dangereuses French pronunciation: It is the story of the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, two rivals and ex-lovers who use seduction as a weapon to socially control and exploit others, all the while enjoying their cruel games and boasting about their manipulative talents.

However, it has also been described as an amoral story. Pieerre an epistolary novel, the book is composed entirely of letters written by the various characters to each other. In particular, the letters between Valmont and the Marquise dangerojs the plot, with those of their victims and other characters serving as contrasting figures to give the story its depth. The Vicomte de Valmont is determined to seduce the virtuous, married, and therefore inaccessible Madame de Tourvel, who is staying with Valmont’s aunt while her husband is dqngerous on a court case.

Valmont refuses, finding the challenge too easy and preferring to devote himself to seducing Madame de Tourvel. Merteuil promises Valmont that if he seduces Madame de Tourvel and provides her with written proof of seduction, she will spend the night lac,os him.

He expects rapid success, but does not find it as easy as his many other conquests. Meanwhile, Merteuil takes Danceny as her lover.


By the time Valmont has succeeded in seducing Madame de Tourvel, he seems to have fallen in love with her. Jealous, Merteuil tricks him into deserting Madame de Tourvel—and reneges on her promise of spending the night with him. Danceny and Valmont dueland Valmont is fatally wounded.

Before he dies, he gives Danceny the letters proving Merteuil’s own involvement. These letters are sufficient to ruin her reputation so she flees to the countryside, where she contracts smallpox. Her face is left permanently scarred and she is rendered blind in one eye, so she loses her greatest asset: But the innocent also suffer from the protagonist’s choderloa Les Liaisons dangereuses is celebrated for its exploration of seductionrevenge and human malicepresented in the form of fictional letters collected and published by a fictional author.

The book was viewed as scandalous at the time of its initial publication, though the real intentions of the author remain unknown. However, this theory has been questioned on several grounds. Secondly, all the characters in liaislns story are aristocrats, including the virtuous heroines—Madame de Tourvel and Madame de Rosemonde. Finally, many ultra-royalist and conservative figures enjoyed the book, including Queen Marie Antoinettewhich suggests that—despite its scandalous reputation—it was not viewed as a political work until the events of the French Revolution years later made it appear as such, with the benefit of hindsight.

Almost everyone who has written about it has noted how perfunctory are the wages of sin The Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, Malraux writes, are creations “without precedent”. They are “the first dangegous European literature] whose acts are determined by an ideology”.

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In a manner, Les Liaisons dangereuses is a literary counterthesis to the epistolary novel as exemplified by Richardson ‘s Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded.

Whereas Richardson uses the technique of letters to provide the reader with a feeling of knowing the protagonist’s true and intimate thoughts, Laclos’ use of this literary device is exactly opposite: Dangfrous Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Liaisons dangereuses disambiguation. This section needs additional citations for verification.


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