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The Devil in the Flesh

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Hailed by Jean Cocteau as a "masterpiece," and by the Guardian as "Bret Easton Ellis's Less Than Zero, avant la lettre," this taut tale written by a teenager in the form of a frank "confession" is a gem of early twentieth century romanticism. Long unavailable in the U.S., it is here presented in a sparkling new translation.

Set in Paris during the First World War, it tells...more
Paperback, 151 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Melville House (first published 1923)
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Rowena
This book has been on my radar for a while now since hearing that one of my favourite authors, Yukio Mishima, counted Radiguet as one of his influences and hoped to emulate his writing style.

The story itself is intriguing, and not as explicit at it may sound like at first. A 16 year old boy falls in love with a 19 year old married woman whose husband is fighting at the front during WW1. The couple embark on an affair, one that brings out rollercoaster emotions in the boy; one moment he is havin...more
Manny
Sassy Gay Friend

[Grey exterior, early morning. RADIGUET is bent over the motionless form of MARTHE. Enter the SASSY GAY FRIEND]

SGF: Marthe is about to die a horrible death because of the callous neglect of her lover, Radiguet. Marthe, what, what, WHAT are you -

RADIGUET: You're too late. She's gone.

SGF: [looking at watch] Are we on European time? I'm such a stupid bitch!

The rest of this review is in my book If Research Were Romance and Other Implausible Conjectures
Emanuela
Radiguet riesce a scrivere un romanzo dal contenuto più tragico di quello di Giulietta e Romeo.
L'amore adolescenziale del protagonista, verso una donna di qualche anno più vecchia e sposata, mette in risalto la situazione doppiamente conflittuale del giovane: la prima determinata dalle situazioni psichiche instabili tipiche dell'età che oscillano tra il bisogno di autodeterminazione ed il difficile abbandono del gioco egoistico, la seconda causata dai sentimenti contrastanti come affetto e dispe...more
Marco Tamborrino
Una lezione di immoralità coi fiocchi. Perché Raymond Radiguet è morto a soli vent'anni? Ed è incredibile se si pensa che scrisse 'Il diavolo in corpo' a soli diciassette anni. Ma che libro, signori! Che stile e che genio!

Prima di tutto, se mai lo leggerete, fatelo durante una giornata noiosa. Questo libro ha la capacità di capovolgere l'andamento della vostra giornata. Cosa succederebbe se nella Francia della Grande Guerra, un ragazzo di sedici anni si innamorasse di una ragazza di diciannovve,...more
Simona Bartolotta
Mio padre e i miei fratelli si erano annoiati; che importava! La felicità è egoista.

E' un romanzo che colpisce per la sua forza e incisività, tanto più se si pensa che fu scritto da un diciassettenne; incredibilmente dotato, è vero, ma pur sempre un diciassettenne.
E' molto breve, ma non è di quei libri che si leggono tutti d'un fiato. Lo si può leggere in breve tempo, naturalmente, ma non si ha la sensazione di averlo divorato. Diciamo che lo 'mangi' a piccole porzioni, assimilando la storia po...more
Evan
I had seen both movie versions of this, both quite sensual, the French one from 1947 and the Italian one from the '80s. I remember there was quite a stir about the '80s one because there are explicit scenes of fellatio in it and it was one of the first "legit" Euro films to have X-rated scenes done by a "legit" actress. The 1947 film is quite remarkable for its day, a real advance in showing sex on the screen; it's also a masterpiece of the cinema, and still quite hard to see, for no good reason...more
Chiara Pagliochini

Nel recensire qualcosa che è molto piaciuto, credo si possano seguire due approcci.
Il primo, quello sentimentale, è ben riassunto dal contenuto di questo link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHJjIm...

Il secondo, più acuto e distaccato e freddo, è quello che meglio si confà a una recensione.
Se mi chiedessero cos’è Il diavolo in corpo non direi che si tratta di una storia d’amore, bensì della storia di un innamoramento, o meglio “di un apprendistato dell’amore”, quel tipo d’amore in cui non conta...more
L.S.
I bought this book out of curiosity: first, I needed something shorter to read on the bus; second, I felt like reading a French author. The references from the back cover of the book convinced me: a young author promoted by Jean Cocteau and Tristan Tzara.
I felt that this young man has somehow died of love, maybe suicide (but no, it was typhoid fever).
Of course, I could not resist to keep it only for bus-reading. I had to finish it at once. The book is very alert, very intense, with psychologica...more
Sally Tarbox
'What appears dream to others...seems to me to be as real as cheese to a cat- in spite of the glass that covers it. If the glass breaks, the cat takes advantage, even if it is his master who breaks it and cuts his hand in the process.'

Thus our 16 year old narrator begins to explain his affair with the slightly older Marthe during the Great War. Affianced when she first meets her young lover, Marthe nevertheless goes on to marry Jacques, who spends most of the novel away fighting - conveniently f...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
This book really captures all of the fantastical workings of an adolescent mind in love. Whether this is a good thing I am unsure, but so many of the feelings expressed in this book are so genuine and feel so natural that its no surprise it is so relatable to so many. The insecurities of the characters are staggering, the interplay between the families is so expected by the reader and so unexpected by the main character. I just don't know if that makes it a good love story though. Personally I a...more
Jennifer Messina
Sin dalle prime pagine de Il diavolo in corpo, si respira la baldanza commista ad ingenuità di un personaggio anonimo avido di conoscenza del mondo, ma distaccato, quasi indifferente agli eventi che impregnano il suo tempo. Il suo tempo è quello del primo conflitto mondiale, che per lui si riduce semplicemente in questo:

"[...] Li esorto a raffigurarsi ciò che la guerra rappresentò per molti giovanissimi: quattro lunghi anni di vacanze."

Il protagonista - che ci accompagna dall'inizio alla fine co...more
Núria
La biografía de Raymond Radiguet es de aquellas que siempre divierte contar, porque fue el típico bohemio con un punto de escritor maldito, terriblemente precoz y que murió ridículamente joven. En el instituto pasó por un alumno mediocre y vago, así que pronto lo dejó, se quedó en casa y se dedicó a leer. Con el tiempo también dejó la casa paterna y se dedicó a vivir la vida bohemia. Fue protegido de Jean Cocteau y murió a los veinte años, pero ya había tenido tiempo de escribir un buen puñado d...more
Philippe Malzieu
It is the novel of the transgression. At the end of the First World War, with its deaths, its sufferings and its privations, a young man has a love affair with a married woman of which husband is soldier.
Radiguet was uncontrolable. He was bisexual. He was the lover of Cocteau with which he practised naturism in Méditéranée. In France with the conservatism reinforced by the war, he was extraterrestrial.
He makes me think of "Théorème" of Pasolini. A man penetrates the intimacy of a rich family an...more
Jesse
Thank god I've read this as a twenty-five year old and not as a teenager--I have a feeling I would have been so distracted with a burning envy of Radiguet's precocious prose that my younger self would have missed how deeply felt this novel is in its elegant austerity. This is one of those situations where it is easy to be distracted by the biographical circumstances of the novel--written before the author was eighteen, immediately celebrated by Cocteau and the French literary intelligentsia of h...more
Nibelheim

C'est un livre qui, au final, me laisse un peu perplexe. Facile et rapide à lire, avec son style simple et sec, il ne me laisse pas un souvenir impérissable ... Mais je l'ai trouvé intéressant à plusieurs titres. Il me semble que ce court roman opérait un pas de plus dans le domaine des romans analysant le sentiment amoureux. Le héros, François, est un gamin de seize ans égocentrique, sans doute amoral - on ne sait au final, si on peut vraiment l'accuser. Du moins j'hésite - s'engage dans une re...more
Ben Winch
This is impressive. Whether it could really have been written by an 18 year old I don't know; certainly Radiguet's friend Jean Cocteau must have had a hand in the editing, if not in actually rewriting it. But whatever the case, this is a timeless, potent and moving story the like of which I have rarely read - the kind that seems to level all others in its wake, to say, 'Experimentation is all well and good, but without a strongly-felt core it's nothing.' And if there's one thing this book has it...more
Sonia
In realtà libro abbandonato...</p><p>No no no. Ho letto metà libro (abbagliata dai commenti positivi qui in aNobii) e stavo lì a chidermi quando sarebbe arrivato il momento in cui la noia lasciava posto all'interesse...<br />ho provato ad andare avanti ma era tutto uguale e piatto. <br />Lui che inizia una relazione con questa 19enne sposata con un uomo che sta in guerra. Non si nascondono e a poco a poco tutti li scoprono. <br />Così per tot pagine. Vai avanti ed è...more
Spike Gomes
Exquisitely written for a boy of his age, this story is a veiled semi-autobiographical account of the author's own affair with an older woman who was the wife of a soldier. In a detached style, Radiguet dissects the feelings of the protagonist as he engages in the doomed relationship. Through it, we hear the voice of someone who is very much a young boy in his self-centered desires, inflamed feelings and capriciousness, but expresses himself in the voice and language of someone much much older....more
Meriam Kharbat

Alma, cuerpo, vida

Quand j'ai décidé de prendre "Le diable au corps", ce fut plus pour l'image de la couverture que tout autre chose. je n'ai pas trouvé mon édition, voici donc l'image:

Raymond Radiguet

Je fus complètement séduite par cette image: La complicité entre le regard farouche de l'auteur et le titre du livre évocateur du diable.

"Le diable au corps" est un livre qui se lit facilement, un livre détente comme le diraient d'autres. On le feuillète comme on regarde un de ces classiques hollywoodiens en noi...more
Liliana
"El diablo en el cuerpo" es una clara muestra de la precoz genialidad de Radiguet. El tema principal es, sin duda, la pasión amorosa. El protagonista es un adolescente que experimenta las múltiples contradicciones de una pasión enfermiza y monstruosa con una mujer casada; el personaje es absolutamente fascinante: su inteligencia le permite apreciar todo con una profunda lucidez y, al mismo tiempo, se reconoce como un niño inmaduro que se enfrenta a su propia inexperiencia. Es una obra aislada (R...more
Drayton Bird
One of the most astonishing achievements in literature. He wrote two books - this was the first - before dying aged 20.

It is the story of an affair during the first world war between a 16 year old and a married woman of 20 odd. The ability of someone that age to describe the emotions involved so accurately, with such worldly cynicism in such detail is quite astounding.

Perhaps even more astounding is the fact that it is autobiographical. This was not discovered until 1954, when the husband - who...more
Kaz
表題作以外に「ペリカン家の人々」と「ドニーズ」を収録。「ペリカン家の人々」まで読んだところで「ドニーズ」を読むのは止めた。

まず邦訳文が古いので、文章がスムーズでなく、わかりにくい部分が多々あった。何度か読み返して、”これはフランス語の邦訳だから、スムーズな文、あるいはこの文の芯の意味はこういう事かな”と考えなければならない事も少なくなかった。それでも読みなれてくるとなんとか読めてくるし、何よりも鋭い少年と女性の心理描写が素晴らしいので、固苦しい和訳でさえオリジナルの魅力を隠す事はできなかった様子。

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Kelly
I really liked this book. I am still in awe that he was only 17 years old when it was written. Some parts of the book show his youth, but then other parts amaze me because it seems as though the observations he made were written by someone who has "lived". You can't help but wonder what he would have been capable of accomplishing had he lived a longer life. He was definitely a gifted writer.
Geoffrey Fox
In the Marché aux Pouces in Paris a few weeks ago [2010], I picked up a small collection of postcards from the Great War. To the merchant's surprise, I didn't care as much about the pictures as the messages, some in cramped letters to pack in lots of detail, some more sprawling and repetitive, to and from a young soldier writing from different military addresses and his anxious wife and daughter and an aunt, more anxious about her own health and the hardships of scarcities than about the dangers...more
Sara
(SPOILER)

Strano libro, questo Diavolo in Corpo. Ancor più strano il suo autore, Raimond Radiguet, da taluni considerato alla stregua di un Rimbaud della prosa: nato, folgorato, intensamente vissuto e morto in fretta a conclusione di una specie di presagio. Contemporaneo di Fitzgerald ma spentosi a soli vent'anni, si ritrova ad agire e ad amare lungo il corso della Prima Guerra Mondiale - dei grandi mutamenti del periodo ha visto solo il suo più grande fattore scatenante. Tuttavia quei mutamenti,...more
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Pep Bonet
Voici un livre passionnant qui raconte une histoire peu courante, compte tenu de la date de son écriture. Elle commence par reconnaître que la guerre (il s'agit de la Grande Guerre) peut être bénéfique pour l'amour. Tout le reste suit sur un ton pas très différent. Je me suis demandé à tout moment si le personnage était un vrai amoureux ou un libertin, mais c'est cette indéfinition, ce vivre à cheval entre les deux qui m'a le plus attiré. Bien que la fin du livre semble éclaircir les choses, l'h...more
Alex
I have to firstly admit i'd never heard of this book or author before being recommended it by someone so i didnt go into it expecting much but was quite optimistic as the girl who'd recommended it to me was fanatical about it. Now that i've cleared that up i must, absolutely MUST, share her love for the book it is a relatively quick read (available in english dont know why the edition shown is in italian) and its one of those stories that doesnt start off with a bang but gradually takes hold of...more
yexxo
Anfang des letzten Jahrhunderts ist dieses Buch erschienen – weshalb sollte man das jetzt noch lesen? Gibt es nicht genügend aktuelle Bücher mit vermutlich weniger altmodischer Sprache?
Weil es Ansichten und Darstellungen vermittelt wie es auch heute nur wenigen Büchern gelingt. Und nicht zu vergessen: geschrieben von einem 17jährigen!
Der 15jährige Ich-Erzähler verliebt sich in die 18jährige Marthe, die kurz darauf Jacques heiratet, der Soldat im ersten Weltkrieg ist. Dennoch beginnen die Beiden...more
yexxo
Das Erscheinen des Buches 1923 war ein Skandalon: Ein 15jähriger und eine verheiratete 18jährige beginnen ein amouröses Verhältnis, während der betrogene Gatte als Soldat im 1. Weltkrieg kämpft. Was heute vermutlich keinen Hund mehr hinter dem Ofen vorlocken würde, sorgte damals für weitreichendes Entsetzen in Frankreich. Nicht genug der moralischen Verwerflichkeit, nein, auch dass einer der in Frankreich hoch verehrten Kämpfer von 1914/18 schamlos hintergangen wurde, man ihm den Tod wünschte un...more
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Radiguet was born in Saint-Maur, Val-de-Marne close to Paris, the son of a caricaturist. In 1917 he moved to the city. Soon he would drop out of the Lycée Charlemagne, where he studied, in order to pursue his interests in journalism and literature. He associated himself with the Modernist set, befriending Picasso, Max Jacob, Jean Hugo, Juan Gris and especially Jean Cocteau, who became his mentor....more
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“Facing death calmly is praiseworthy only if one faces it alone. Death together is no longer death, even for unbelievers. The source of sorrows lies not in leaving life, but in leaving that which gives it meaning. When love is our whole life, what difference is there between living together and dying together ?” 16 likes
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