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ISBN 13: 9781272525484
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Illustration from 'Le Comte de Valmont' of the Choice Between Virtue and Vice - Waddesdon Manor
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Get to Know Us. Amazon Payment Products. The most important is that the reader is put in an ambiguous position that makes him an accomplice to the libertines. As an epistolary novel, the book is composed entirely of letters written by the various characters to each other.
The Vicomte de Valmont is determined to seduce the virtuous, married, and therefore inaccessible Madame de Tourvel. The letters between Valmont and the Marquise drive the plot. All the characters of the novel have been ensnared in a web of desire and deceit. Decadent excesses, power struggles, extreme narcissism and the stultifying hierarchies of an ancien regime that was soon to be swept away in the revolution. The book was widely read and discussed, brought Laclos fame and notoriety and retained the reputation as highly dangerous well into the nineteenth century.