Dangerous Liaison by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782) one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. Its prime movers, the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil--gifted, wealthy, and bored--form an unholy alliance and turn seduction into a game. And they play this game with such wit and style that it is impossible not to admire them, until they discover mysterious rules that they cannot understand. In the ensuing battle there can be no winners, and the innocent suffer with the guilty. This new translation gives Laclos a modern voice, and readers will be able to judge whether the novel is as "diabolical" and "infamous" as its critics have claimed, or whether it has much to tell us about a world we still inhabit.

The 136th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 8th on The 25 Favorite Books of 100 Francophone Writers (Telerama)
  2. - 8th on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
  3. - 34th on Pour une Bibliothèque Idéale (Raymond Queneau)
  4. - 73rd on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  5. - The Best Classics (The Times)
  6. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)
  7. - 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library (The Telegraph)
  8. - The Graphic Canon (Book)
  9. - The Bigger Read List (English PEN)

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Dangerous Liaisons (Penguin Classics) Paperback 228211 $7.92 $3.15 2007
Dangerous Liaisons Mass Market Paperback 369461 $3.99
Dangerous Liasons (Audio CD) Audio CD 8363199 $69.99 $24.99
Dangerous Liaisons: Large Print Edition Paperback 2967952 $7.50 2018
Dangerous Liaisons Paperback 2502379 $59.93 $0.02 1961
Dangerous Liaisons (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) Paperback 1224542 $6.67 $0.06 2010
Dangerous Liaisons (Classic Fiction) Audio CD 2696167 $66.89 $59.61
Dangerous Liaisons (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) Kindle Edition 38758 $2.51 2011
Dangerous Liaisons (Signet) Mass Market Paperback 1096166 $41.08 $0.01 1962
Dangerous Liaisons (Penguin Popular Classics) Paperback 1185184 $64.12 $14.73 2009
Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Barnes & Noble Classics) Paperback 1122448 $4.54 $0.01 2005
Dangerous Liaisons [Les Liaisons Dangereuses] (Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection Book 63) Kindle Edition 138989 $0.99 2011
Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Dangerous Liaisons (BBC Radio Collection) Audio Cassette 12337695 $14.99 1998
The Dangerous Liaisons Kindle Edition 322248 $0.99 2015