The Illusionist (Paperback)
  • The Illusionist (Paperback)
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Paperback Published: 12/02/2006
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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.

Publisher: Cleis Press
ISBN: 9781573442534

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