The Pure and the Impure by Colette

Colette herself considered The Pure and the Impure her best book, "the nearest I shall ever come to writing an autobiography." This guided tour of the erotic netherworld with which Colette was so intimately acquainted begins in the darkness and languor of a fashionable opium den. It continues as a series of unforgettable encounters with men and, especially, women whose lives have been improbably and yet permanently transfigured by the strange power of desire. Lucid and lyrical, The Pure and the Impure stands out as one of modern literature's subtlest reckonings not only with the varieties of sexual experience, but with the always unlikely nature of love.

The 2665th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - Donald Barthelme’s Reading List (Believer Mag)

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The Pure and the Impure. Hardcover 6360013 $17.98 1975
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