Les Liaisons Dangereuses
by Pierre Ambroise Francois Choderlos de Laclos
In this special collector's edition of the French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the Marquise de Merteuil and her accomplished rival in the art of erotic and psychological manipulation, the Vicomte de Valmont, take the stage again in Ernest Dowson's beautifully polished translation of the ... More

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The Study of Manipulation
This novel, which was written before the French Revolution, is told solely through the character's correspondences with one another. Some letters are less than enlightening (I found Presidente de Tourvel's and Valmont's bantering quite annoying), but these are minor glitches in a fabulous work that exposes the French aristocratic lifestyle.

The Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil are two of the best villains ever created! They're heartless and destructive, yet everyone believes them sincere. They trap the naive in finely spun webs for mere entertainment. De Laclos provides a brilliant study on apathy that will leave you shaking your head in disgust.