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The devil in love

Author: Jacques Cazotte; Stephen Sartarelli; Gérard de Nerval
Publisher: New York : Marsilio, ©1993.
Series: Marsilio classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"One evening in the carnivalesque world of eighteenth-century Naples a foolhardy young Spaniard, don Alvaro de Maravillas, plays the daredevil - literally - and summons the Evil One himself. Never one to miss his appointments, the Demon appears, assuming various guises before setting into the form of a charming young servant boy who turns out to be a girl. Resorting to the most human of wiles to try to win the young  Read more...
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Cazotte, Jacques, 1719-1792.
Devil in love.
New York : Marsilio, ©1993
(OCoLC)624475987
Named Person: Jacques Cazotte; Jacques Cazotte
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jacques Cazotte; Stephen Sartarelli; Gérard de Nerval
ISBN: 0941419789 9780941419789 0941419797 9780941419796
OCLC Number: 31128708
Description: xvii, 201 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Marsilio classics.
Other Titles: Diable amoureux.
Jacques Cazotte
Revelations
Responsibility: Jacques Cazotte ; followed by Jacques Cazotte : his life, trial, prophecies, and revelations by Gérard de Nerval ; translated and with a preface by Stephen Sartarelli.

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"One evening in the carnivalesque world of eighteenth-century Naples a foolhardy young Spaniard, don Alvaro de Maravillas, plays the daredevil - literally - and summons the Evil One himself. Never one to miss his appointments, the Demon appears, assuming various guises before setting into the form of a charming young servant boy who turns out to be a girl. Resorting to the most human of wiles to try to win the young nobleman's affections, the Devil, as the lovely Biondetta, then lulls don Alvaro into thinking that her needs are the same as those of any other tearful young woman, and proceeds to take him for the ride of his life through Venice and back to his home in Spain." "This new, annotated edition, the first modern English translation of Jacques Cazotte's The Devil in Love (1772), marks the long-awaited appearance of one of the earliest masterpieces of modern fantastic prose. A moral fable of delightful grace and narrative skill, Cazotte's 1772 novel will prove, on a par with Lewis's The Monk, a seminal work for the supernaturalist tradition and an important precursor of the French Romantics and Symbolists. Yet The Devil in Love reaches beyond, as its sophisticated play of gender shifts transforms a chronicle of fatal attraction into an ironic commentary on social and psychological mores." "Gerard de Nerval's 1845 text, Jacques Cazotte: His Life, Trial, Prophecies, and Revelations, is presented as an afterword to this edition. Nerval, himself one of the most extraordinary figures in French literature, lends an intriguing appreciation of Cazotte, part biography, part literary study, and part hermetic treatise."--Jacket.

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