Cleis Press, 2006, Trade paperback, Book Condition: As New, 1st
1st Printing. 250 pages. An excellent copy and is in AS NEW condition. It has no tears to the pages and no pages are missing from the book. The spine of the book is in great condition and the cover is unmarked. It has no signs of previous use. Items are in stock and will be shipped same day or next business day directly from our Australian address. SYNOPSIS: This is a contemplative, beautifully written novel exploring the dark undercurrents of desire. Bored and lonely, 15-year-old Helene decides to pay a visit to her father's mistress. Within days, she is captivated by Tamara, a Russian emigre whose arts of enchantment include lingering kisses, sudden dismissals and savage, rapturous reunions. As long as she submits to Tamara, Helene is permitted to stay near her: reading forbidden novels, meeting Tamara's bohemian friends, and learning more "refinements of depravity" than the gossiping matrons of her provincial French town could imagine existed. Flemish writer Francoise Mallet-Joris was 20 years old in 1951 when her first novel, Le Rempart des Beguines - published in English as "The Illusionist" - created a sensation in France. This contemplative, beautifully written book, with its dark undercurrents of desire, has its origins in Madame Bovary and the novels of Colette, and was a precursor to Francoise Sagan's similarly themed Bonjour Tristesse. Quantity Available: 1. Category: General; ISBN: . ISBN/EAN: 9781573442534. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 0002725.