Author(s): Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
Depicting decadence and moral corruption in pre-revolutionary France, Dangerous Liaisons is one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. Two aristocrats embark on a sophisticated game of seduction and manipulation to bring amusement to their jaded existences. While the Marquise de Merteuil challenges the Vicomte de Valmont to seduce an innocent convent girl, the Vicomte is also occupied with the conquest of a virtuous married woman. As their intrigues become more duplicitous and they find their human pawns responding in ways they could not have predicted, the consequences prove to be more serious, and deadly, than Merteuil and Valmont could have guessed.
The best example of the epistolary novel, although this is a translation, the poetic nature of the writing remains. Published in the 1780s, it's an engrossing tale of revenge, lust and manipulation. Even better than the movie!
Elisa, Book Grocer