The Holy Terrors (Les Enfants Terribles)

The Holy Terrors (Les Enfants Terribles)

Jean Cocteau

Cocteau's novel Les Enfants Terribles, which was once first released in 1929, holds an undisputed position one of the classics of recent fiction.

Written in a French variety that lengthy defied profitable translation―Cocteau was once regularly a poet it doesn't matter what we used to be writing―the ebook got here into its personal for English-language readers in 1955 whilst this translation used to be accomplished by way of Rosamund Lehmann. it's a masterpiece of the paintings of translation of which the Times Literary Supplement stated: "It has the infrequent advantage of analyzing as if it have been an English original." Lehrmann was once in a position to trap the essence of Cocteau's unusual, necromantic mind's eye and to deliver totally to existence in English his tale of a brother and sister, orphaned in formative years, who construct themselves a personal global out of 1 shared room and their very own unbridled fantasies. What begun in video games and laughter simply because for Paul and Elisabeth a drug too magical to withstand. The crime which eventually destroys them has the inevitability of Greek tragedy. Illustrated with twenty of Cocteau's personal drawings.

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