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Le diable au corps

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  2,518 Ratings  ·  195 Reviews
La notion de prétexte est la grande force du Diable au corps : le ton froid et analytique du récit, même si sans aucun doute il correspond à merveille au caractère du héros adolescent, tient sans cesse le lecteur sur ses gardes. Calculateur jusque dans ses amours avec Marthe, une jeune femme de trois ans son aînée, mariée bourgeoisement et devenue sa maîtresse de manière u ...more
Paperback, 185 pages
Published January 10th 1987 by Livre de Poche (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
Duane
Le Diable au corps (The Devil in the Flesh). Raymond Radiguet was 16 when he started writing this novel, was 18 when he finished it, and two years later he would be dead from typhoid fever. It's the story of a 16 year old French boy who has an affair with the 19 year old wife of a WWI soldier away from home. It caused quite a stir when it was first published. It seems to have been partly autobiographical since Radiguet himself, at age 14, had an affair with a soldiers wife.

In spite of Radiguet'
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Rowena
Sep 03, 2012 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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Nickolas the Kid
Ένας νεαρός μαθητής στην Γαλλία, στην διάρκεια του' Α 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 προ
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Ivana Books Are Magic
Two days ago, I read this novel. Did I like it? Quite frankly, I loved it. I just couldn't put this novel down. I must have read it an hour or so. I got up a bit more earlier that morning so I had time to read it with my morning coffee (it is not a very long novel but still it is amazing how easy it was to find one's self glued to those pages- and I was glued to them! I mean that in a nice way for it was a good feeling being so lost in the story). What a beautiful and unique piece of writing it ...more
Manny
Aug 03, 2011 Manny rated it it was ok
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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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 11, 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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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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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
Carla
Jun 24, 2014 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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Simona Bartolotta
Sep 03, 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
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KOMET
Sep 07, 2010 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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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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librivore
Aug 24, 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.
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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Mary
Nov 18, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tragic story of first love , beautifully written.
Sad the author died young and one wonders what great novels would have been written!
Eadweard
Feb 02, 2014 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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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.
Sara
Jan 07, 2014 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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L.S.
Mar 07, 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
Feb 28, 2013 Sally rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
'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
Oct 14, 2011 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
César Lasso
Apr 10, 2012 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.
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.
L.B.
May 17, 2017 L.B. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: porquerias, clásicos
¿Qué decir de esta novela? Porque la veo bastante insignificante.

Raymond Radiguet escribió El diablo en el cuerpo inspirándose en una relación que tuvo a sus 15 años con una mujer dos años mayor que él, cuya novela vio la luz después de su muerte.
Por lo tanto la historia narra la vida amorosa del joven —a quien no le sabemos el nombre— que posee 16 años y de Marthe, una joven de 19 años, quién está comprometida con un militar que debe asistir al frente en la Primera Guerra Mundial.
Estos dos jóv
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Jennifer R.
Jan 23, 2012 Jennifer R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francesi
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
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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
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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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