Camille de Peretti
Julien and Camille were destined to become the best of friends. Both brilliant pupils, fascinated by XVIIIth century literature, they are proud, cynical and pretentious, and share the conviction that they were born in the wrong era... More than anything, they have a common desire to have fun and assert their power. What then could be better than to re-enact the experiments of the Count de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil? A few rules to establish, numerous ‘prey’, many ‘trophies’… They thus become partners in crime, masters of a cruel game over which they rule with frightening dexterity.
The teenagers are soon caught up by the characters of their own creation however: the game goes too far. But they are too proud to put an end to it. Things become more and more perilous and put them at risk of entering that which they most dread: adulthood.
In confronting the most famous of French epistolary novels, the author evokes the power of literature as well as the amoral, pitiless, desire-driven moment of our existence that is called adolescence. Camille de Peretti mixes XVIIIth-century style letters, electronic mail and text messages, and succeeds in creating an ambitious and clever contemporary transposition of Laclos’ masterpiece.
Camille de Peretti is twenty five. Her first novel, Thornytorinx (Belfond, 2005, awarded the first novel prize from Chambéry) drew significant attention and has been translated and published in Italy and the Netherlands.
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