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  • Published: 2 April 2007
  • ISBN: 9780140449570
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $19.99

Dangerous Liaisons



Published in 1782, just years before the French Revolution, Les Liaisons Dangereuses is a disturbing and ultimately damning portrayal of a decadent society. At its centre are two aristocrats, former lovers, who embark on a sophisticated game of seduction and manipulation to bring amusement to their jaded existences. While the Marquise de Merteuil challenges the Vicomte de Valmont to seduce an innocent convent girl, the Vicomte is also occupied with the conquest of a virtuous married woman. But as their intrigues become more duplicitous and they find their human pawns responding in ways they could not have predicted, the consequences prove to be more serious, and deadly, than Merteuil and Valmont could have guessed.

  • Published: 2 April 2007
  • ISBN: 9780140449570
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $19.99

About the authors

Pierre Choderlos De Laclos

Pierre-Ambrois-Francois Choderlos de Laclos

Choderlos de Laclos was born in 1741, at Amiens. He entered the army at the age of 18 and reached the rank of capitaine-commandant without seeing battle. In 1779 he was sent to the island of Aix, where Dangerous Liaisons was written.

Choderlos de Laclos

Pierre-Ambrois-Francois Choderlos de Laclos

Choderlos de Laclos was born in 1741, at Amiens. He entered the army at the age of 18 and reached the rank of capitaine-commandant without seeing battle. In 1779 he was sent to the island of Aix, where Dangerous Liaisons was written.

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