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Point De Lendemain

Vivant Denon

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ISBN : 9782904227226
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A Bilingual New York Review Books OriginalVivant Denon’s No Tomorrow is one of the masterpieces of eighteenth-century French libertine literature, a book to set beside Laclos’s Les Liaisons dangereuses, except that where Laclos’s icy novel is one ofMoreA Bilingual New York Review Books OriginalVivant Denon’s No Tomorrow is one of the masterpieces of eighteenth-century French libertine literature, a book to set beside Laclos’s Les Liaisons dangereuses, except that where Laclos’s icy novel is one of hellish depravity, Denon’s ravishing novella is a paradisal diversion. This tale of seduction is itself a seduction, with a plot that could be said to slowly unveil itself before arriving at last at an unexpected consummation. Summoned by Madame de T–– to her country house, the young hero of the novella is taken on a tour of the grounds, only the beginning of a night that not only will be full of unanticipated delights but will give rise to unforeseen, perhaps unanswerable, questions. Lydia Davis’s definitive translation of Denon’s slim masterpiece is accompanied by the French text. Peter Brooks, Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University, provides an introduction that explores the mysteries of No Tomorrow’s original publication and the subtleties of Denon’s ethics of love.