Bonjour Tristesse: AND A Certain Smile

Bonjour Tristesse: AND A Certain Smile


By (author) Francoise Sagan, Introduction by Rachel Cusk

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  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 13mm | 171g
  • Publication date: 25 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141442301
  • ISBN 13: 9780141442303
  • Sales rank: 117,543

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Published when she was only nineteen, 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 two acerbically witty and delightfully amoral tales about the nature of love are shimmering masterpieces of cool-headed, brilliant observation.

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Author information

Francoise Sagan (1935-2004) French novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, whose dispassionate portrayals of bored, amoral middle-class people have been translated into many languages. Sagan published her first novel, Bonjour tristesse (1954), at the age of 19. It was a succes de scandale for its depiction of a young woman breaking up her father's affair. 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); The Lucky Ones (2003), and Arlington Park (2006), shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. In 2003 Rachel Cusk was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 'Best of Young British Novelists'.