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The holy terrors /
by Jean Cocteau ; with illustrations by the author ; translated by Rosamond Lehmann.
imprint
New York : New Directions Pub. Corp., c1957.
description
183 p. : ill.
ISBN
0811200213
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imprint
New York : New Directions Pub. Corp., c1957.
isbn
0811200213
catalogue key
2050633
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Written in a French style that long defied successful translation-Cocteau was always a poet no matter what we was writing-the book came into its own for English-language readers in 1955 when this translation was completed by Rosamund Lehmann. It is a masterpiece of the art of translation of which the Times Literary Supplement said: "It has the rare merit of reading as though it were an English original." Lehrmann was able to capture the essence of Cocteau's strange, necromantic imagination and to bring fully to life in English his story of a brother and sister, orphaned in adolescence, who build themselves a private world out of one shared room and their own unbridled fantasies. What started in games and laughter because for Paul and Elisabeth a drug too magical to resist. The crime which finally destroys them has the inevitability of Greek tragedy. Illustrated with twenty of Cocteau's own drawings.

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