The Holy Terrors. Fiction by Jean Cocteau Cocteau’s novel Les Enfants terribles, which was first published in , holds an undisputed place among the. The holy terrors. Front Cover. Jean Cocteau. New Directions, – The Holy Terrors (Les Enfants Terribles) · Jean Cocteau Limited preview – The Holy Terrors is a brand new translation of Cocteau’s widely-known tale, Les Enfants Terribles. It is also the latest addition to New Directions’ modern French.

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Everybody loves my Ivanka. Read in Japanese translation. 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 when this translation was completed by Rosamund Lehmann. Curiously-bonded siblings, freshly orphaned, retreat into a cloistered Game-life of their own making, which barely touches the outside world, but which may incorporate new players.

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One very quickly realises that the relationship between the siblings is not as straightforward or orthodox as social mores prescribe, and terrrors reels on the verge of incest, their incongruous love never consummated but paramount. It should be expanded to provide more balanced coverage that includes real-world context.


It is a masterpiece of the art of translation of which the Times Literary Supplement said: While Elisabeth nurses Coctexu it is revealed that the siblings enjoy a relationship characterised by a psychodrama known in the book as “The Game”, which can only be played in their shared bedroom, elevated by the Game-play into “The Room”.

It is a masterpiece of the art of trans Les Enfants Terribles holds an undisputed place among the classics of modern fiction. So the lack of smoothness is not the point.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. I am Young adult novella, which is not marketed as YA because 1 it was written before such genre was established 2 because adults don’t want kids to read books like this 3 although the central figures are 14 and 16 at the beginning of the story, this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s YA; it more than tolerates adults’ reading.

Login to add to list. Jan 02, Mariel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Alone in the house, Elisabeth would strike her haughty poses in the corners of the furniture.

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Both Paul and Elisabeth, it becomes clear, live a life somewhere between fantasy and reality. All in less than pages. For a Night of Love. The cold, distant, lacking-in-emotions feelin This is a 3. There’s a chance I’m just messed up and the room wasn’t supposed to be attractive. The cold, distant, lacking-in-emotions feeling runs through much of the novel, as does the more euphoric, feverish delights of such an experience.


Balconies and verandas and fireplaces. Paul takes most of the opium in despair. The book begins with snow, and there are numerous references to it throughout; the siblings are also said to be both extremely pale, and both wear white clothes [dressing gowns?

A few soubriquets on the fringe of this quartet round out this Freudian entanglement: I kind of want to send a copy to my own sister, but I can’t help feeling like that might be in bad taste.

Their individual existences are simultaneously symbiotic a 3.

Public Private login e. She’d be in the window of the room, if they had one to the world. Gerrard and Agatha are roped in to succor the Thespians with admiration and gratitude.

At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. Want to Read saving…. A girl comes into the story called Agatha, whom Paul falls in love with.