Bonjour Tristesse and A Certain Smile

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Bonjour Tristesse and A Certain Smile

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Author :   Francoise Sagan
Publisher :   Penguin Books Ltd
Published :   04/04/2013
ISBN :   9780141198750
Format :   Paperback
Pages :   216
Size (mm) :   198x129x14
Weight (g) :   179

Sylish, shimmering and amoral, Sagan's tale of adolescence and betrayal on the French Riviera was her masterpiece, published when she was just eighteen. However, this frank and explicit novella was considered too daring for 1950s Britain, and sexual... Read more

Sylish, shimmering and amoral, Sagan's tale of adolescence and betrayal on the French Riviera was her masterpiece, published when she was just eighteen. However, this frank and explicit novella was considered too daring for 1950s Britain, and sexual scenes were removed for the English publication. Now this fresh and accurate new translation presents the uncensored text in full for the first time.

Bonjour Tristesse 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, which is also included in this volume, Dominique, a young woman bored with her lover, begins an encounter with an older man that unfolds in unexpected and troubling ways. Both novellas have been freshly translated by Heather Lloyd and include an introduction by Rachel Cusk.

Heather Lloyd has also written a new afterword for this edition. 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.