Bonjour Tristesse

Bonjour Tristesse

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'Late into the night we talked of love, of its complications. In my father's eyes they were imaginary. . . This conception of rapid, violent and passing love affairs appealed to my imagination. I was not at the age when fidelity is attractive. I knew very little about love.'

The French Riviera: home to the Beautiful People. And none are more beautiful than Cecile, a precocious seventeen-year-old, and her father Raymond, a vivacious libertine. Charming, decadent and irresponsible, the golden-skinned duo are dedicated to a life of free love, fast cars and hedonistic pleasures. But then, one long, hot summer Raymond decides to marry, and Cecile and her lover Cyril feel compelled to take a hand in his amours, with tragic consequences.

Bonjour Tristesse scandalized 1950s France with its portrayal of teenager terrible Cecile, a heroine who rejects conventional notions of love, marriage and responsibility to choose her own sexual freedom.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 108 x 172 x 14mm | 18.14g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241951569
  • 9780241951569
  • 32,545

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A funny, thoroughly immoral and thoroughly French tale The Times
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A funny, thoroughly immoral and thoroughly French tale * The Times * The novel that paved the way for the permissive of the literary sensations of the century * Daily Telegraph * Francoise Sagan is the French F. Scott Fitzgerald * Guardian *
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About Francoise Sagan

Francoise Sagan was born in France in 1935. Bonjour tristesse (1954), published when she was just 19, became a succes de scandale and even earned its author a papal denunciation. Sagan went on to write many other novels, plays and screenplays, and died in 2004.
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4 35% (6,239)
3 32% (5,699)
2 10% (1,683)
1 2% (407)
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