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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 t
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Published 1971 by Penguin Modern Classics (first published 1923)
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Barry Pierce
One of the greatest tragedies of 20th century literature was the death of Raymond Radiguet in 1923. Having written this novel in his teens he finally succumbed to typhoid at the age of 20. In his short life he dazzled France's artistic community, becoming friends with Picasso and Jean Cocteau, even Coco Chanel arranged his funeral. When we discuss him we can only make assumptions and question what he would have become if he hadn't died so young. However, we can keep him alive by reading what lit ...more
Rowena
Dec 09, 2013 Rowena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-lit
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
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Manny
May 04, 2016 Manny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bisexual men who hate women
Recommended to Manny by: notgettingenough
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!

RADIGUET: I'm afraid so.

SGF: Well... no point wasting a trip. Let me come in again.

[The scene rewinds and he comes in again, Spanish Inquisitio
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Nickolas the Kid
Ένας νεαρός μαθητής στην Γαλλία, στην διάρκεια του' Παγκόσμιου Πολέμου ερωτεύεται μια μεγαλύτερη του γυναίκα παντρεμένη, της οποίας ο άντρας βρίσκεται στο πεδίο της μάχης. Ο νεαρός θα νιώσει όλα εκείνα τα αισθήματα που νιώσαμε όλοι όταν ο έρωτας μας χτύπησε για πρώτη φορά την πόρτα... Τρυφερότητα, αμφιβολία, ζήλια και οργή...
Ο Ραντιγκέ, παρόλο το νεαρό της ηλικίας του (μόλις 20 χρονών) φτιάχνει ένα δυνατό λογοτεχνικό έρωτα χρησιμοποιώντας απλή γραφή και ζωηρές περιγραφές... Το βιβλίο είχε προκα
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AC
Aug 16, 2015 AC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Radiquet was the literary prodigy and l'enfant terrible of the Post-WWI Parisian literary scene, who died in Dec. 1923 at the age of 20 from typhoid fever. Undoubtedly something of a genius, certainly a libertine, he was the object of a nearly cult-like adoration by Jean Cocteau, though he (Radiquet) seems to have had many heterosexual liaisons as well.

This book (a novella of only rapid 127 pages) was published a year before his death, at the age of 19. It is about an adultry of a 16 year-old b
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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,
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Emanuela
Jul 13, 2011 Emanuela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Carla
Feb 12, 2015 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talvez sugestionada pelo facto de que Raymond Radiguet começou a escrever “Com o Diabo no Corpo” (1923) com a tenra idade de 16 anos, não consegui deixar de encarar a leitura do livro com alguma desconfiança, desconfiança esta que se foi acumulando à medida que avançava na leitura, até desembocar na certeza de que este é um livro escrito por um jovem maduro para a idade (porque muito bem escrito), mas ainda assim imaturo porque… só tinha 16 anos!

Apesar de tudo, esta fragilidade da obra, a ausên
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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
Simona Bartolotta
Sep 04, 2011 Simona Bartolotta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1900
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
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Paul
Mar 20, 2011 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: european-novels
Very brief novel about teenage love, The protagonists are 16 (he) and 19 (she). She is married to a soldier at the front (set in WW1). Captures wonderfully the angst, passion, selfishness, obsession of teenage love. The boy is sometimes like a toddler having a tantrum and yet the subjects are much more serious. It is a looking back novel and he continues to wonder how selfish and stupid he has been and how little he understood. Yet this was written by a teenage boy. Radiguet wrote 2 novels, was ...more
Özgür Daş
Raymond Radiguet bu kitabı yazdığında on dokuz yaşındaymış yirmi yaşında da ölmüş, kendisi yaşadığı hayatla birlikte ölümünü hissedenlerden:

"Genç öleceğini bilen ve hayatı dolu dolu yaşamaya çalışan insanlar gibi acele ediyor, yanıp tutuşuyordum."
(s. 109)

"Kuraldışı yaşamış bir adam farkında olmasa da ölüme yaklaşırken, hayatındaki her şeyi aniden bir düzene koymaya başlar. Hayatı değişir. Evrak işlerini tamamlar. Erken yatar, erken kalkar. Kötü huylarından vazgeçer. Çevresinin takdirini kazanır.
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KOMET
May 20, 2015 KOMET rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published in 1923, "The Devil in the Flesh" (in French, "Le Diable au Corps"), is a tender and at times, heartbreaking story told by the narrator, who at 15, entered into an affair with Mme. Marthe Lacombe, a woman several years his senior he had fancied since his father had introduced him to her family several months before her marriage to her fiance, a soldier at the Front.

The narrator is a rather precocious youth, who thinks himself wiser beyond his years. But as the affair procee
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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
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librivore
Aug 25, 2016 librivore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellente lecture. J'ai trouvé la plume de Raymond Radiguet "savoureuse", ça nous change du style d'écriture actuel. J'ai apprécié le portrait psychologique de François, mais celui de Marthe m'a paru un peu inconsistant. J'aurais donné 5 étoiles si l'histoire n'avait pas été aussi banale et la fin aussi prévisible.
Eadweard
Sep 17, 2015 Eadweard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-read
I don't usually let characters get to me but this guy... I couldn't stand him.



"When the ties that bind us to someone aren’t yet strong enough, to lose sight of that person, all we need do is fail to meet them just once."
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" I was drunk with desire. Marthe belonged to me, and it wasn’t me who had said it, but her. I could touch her face, kiss her eyes, her arms, dress her, damage her in whatever way I liked. In my frenzy I bit her where her skin was uncovered, so her mother would suspect her o
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Lys
La cosa più stupefacente di questo breve romanza è l'età di Radiguet quando lo scrisse.
L'incisività, la freddezza e profondità analitica dello scritto, la capacità di distacco nell'immergersi nella (propria) vicenda sono veramente sorprendenti per un ragazzo ancora nel pieno dell'adolescenza.
Ancor più sorprendenti in relazione all'epoca in cui è stato scritto.

Eppure, eppure. Eppure se riesco a riconoscergli l'eccezionalità e a capire perché sia comunque considerato un classico della letteratura
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Laura
C'est le récit d'une histoire d'amour entre un jeune garçon et une femme tandis que le fiancé de cette dernière se bat sur le front durant la Première Guerre mondiale.

The original French text is available at La Bibliothèque électronique du Québec.
César Lasso
Mar 01, 2015 César Lasso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Curiosa novelita de un jovencísimo autor francés que murió a los veinte años. La leí más o menos con la edad del autor. Su cinismo militante y agresión contra lo políticamente correcto me impresionaron.
Simay Yildiz
Jul 23, 2016 Simay Yildiz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bu yazının orijinali (ve daha iyi görüneni) canlabirsene'de yayınlandı.

Raymond Radiguet, 20 yıllık kısacık hayatına çok fazla şey sığdırmış bir yazar ve şair. Liseyi terk eden ve kendini gazetecilik ile edebiyata veren Radiguet, bir yandan da kadınlarla ilişkileri konusunda meşhurmuş. Öyle ki, Hemingway'i bile sinirlendirip, ondan laf yemiş kendisi. Hemingway'in dikkatini çekmiş olması sizi heyecanlandırmıyorsa, kendisinin Paris'te Max Jacob, Erik Satie ve Jean Cocteau gibi isimlerle takıldığın
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L.S.
Apr 11, 2010 L.S. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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
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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
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Cassandra Kay Silva
May 04, 2012 Cassandra Kay Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
Sara
Feb 18, 2015 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(SPOILER)

Romanzo singolare, questo Il diavolo in corpo. Ancor più singolare il suo autore, Raymond Radiguet, da taluni considerato alla stregua di un Rimbaud della prosa: nato postumo, folgorato, intensamente vissuto, morto in fretta a conclusione di una specie di presagio. Contemporaneo di Francis Scott Fitzgerald ma spentosi a soli vent’anni, si trova 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 scaten
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Vasilis Manias
Jun 20, 2016 Vasilis Manias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το απόλυτο καλοκαιρινό ανάγνωσμα. Μικρό, ευκολοδιάβαστο, ότι πρέπει για παραλία, και με ένα κείμενο σημαντικό, από έναν συγγραφέα που έφυγε αμέσως αφότου το έγραψε χτυπημένος από φυματίωση στα 20 του χρόνια.
Piperitapitta
Il fuoco dentro

Sembra incredibile che nel cuore acerbo dell'io narrante del romanzo - "Coeur vert" fu il primo titolo dell'opera -, un ragazzo di appena sedici anni, possano trovare posto i tumulti amorosi, le passioni irrefrenabili, i turbamenti di un adulto già iniziato alle contraddizioni delle relazioni a due.
Eppure, Raymond Radiguet aveva solo diciotto anni quando lo scrisse, e se non fosse per quella collocazione temporale che lo inserisce in quella terra di nessuno in mezzo alle due guerr
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Roberta
Jun 11, 2016 Roberta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francesi, 1001
Sarà che sono alla fine del sesto libro di Alla ricerca del tempo perduto e quindi ho in testa un certo tipo di storia, ma questo racconto mi ricorda molto la storia tra Proust e Albertine. Entrambi i narratori si dicono innamorati, ma dalla parole trapela maggiormente il piacere di controllare la donna scelta e di manipolarla psicologicamente. Entrambi si rendono conto di provare realmente affetto solo quando l'oggetto della loro ossessione viene a mancare. Tra l'incontro con la donna amata e l ...more
Bibliofilos
Bijzonder boekje dit 'le diable au corps'. Raymond Radiguet schreef deze korte roman in 1920 op zeventienjarige leeftijd.
Het boekje zit vol met prachtige zinnen en bespiegelingen, ware het niet dat ik me wel regelmatig stoorde aan de enigzins onsympathieke hoofdpersonen. Ik werd echter milder gestemd toen ik me realiseerde dat hij zelf nog een tiener was toen hij het schreef (en laten we wel zijn, egocentrisch gedrag hoort bij puberen, Raymond kon zich goed in zijn hoofpersoon verplaatsen).
Ach
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Sandra
Mar 22, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francia
Opera matura di un diciassettenne immaturo.

Mi ha lasciato quasi stordita questo romanzo. La domanda che mi frulla per la testa di cui non mi capacito è come abbia potuto un diciassettenne scriverlo. Un banale triangolo amoroso (cui i critici hanno dato le più svariate interpretazioni psicanalitiche prendendo le mosse dalla mitologia greca) viene innalzato dalla maestria dello scrittore a uno studio, così approfondito che sembra fatto da uno scienziato al microscopio, della passione amorosa, che
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Jesse
Aug 29, 2009 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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