Belle De Jour
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Belle De Jour

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Severine Serizy is a wealthy and beautiful Parisian housewife. She loves her husband, but she cannot share physical intimacy with him, and her vivid sadomasochistic fantasies drive her to seek employment at a brothel. By day, she enacts her customers' wildest fantasies under the pseudonym "Belle de Jour"; in the evenings, she returns home to her chaste marriage and oblivious husband. Famous for its unflinching eroticism, Joseph Kessel's novel continues to offer an eye-opening glance into a unique female psyche.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 134.6 x 198.1 x 17.8mm | 158.76g
  • Overlook Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1585679089
  • 9781585679089
  • 281,423

About Joseph Kessel

Joseph Kessel (1898-1979) was born in Argentina. He studied in Paris and Nice, and served as a nurse in World War I. A member of the Academie Francaise from 1962 until his death, Kessel wrote many novels, several of which became films. He died in France in 1979.show more

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"'Truly a work of art' Houston Post 'A relentless expose of passion... An emotional adventure' Chicago Sun-Times 'An intuitively knowledgeable novel of a woman's double life and the dichotomy of body and soul' New York Post"show more

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638 ratings
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2 8% (51)
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