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The passion of Mademoiselle S : letters to a lover / edited & introduced by Jean-Yves Berthault ; translated from the French by Adriana Hunter.

Contributor(s): Berthault, Jean-Yves [editor.] | Hunter, Adriana [translator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Melbourne, Victoria : The Text Publishing Company, 2016Copyright date: ©2016Description: 282 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781925240504.Subject(s): Love-letters -- France | Women -- France -- Biography | Man-woman relationshipsDDC classification: 944.0815092 Summary: Paris, 1928: two lovers are conducting a secret and deeply erotic affair. Charles is a married man with a respectable office job when he embarks on a journey of wild sexual discovery with Simone, whose voracious appetite for the erotic is not confined to the bedroom, but is poured into the illicit letters she writes to him over the course of two years. This extraordinary collection of letters, found in a dusty cellar decades later, reveals not just a carnal relationship but an obsessive and destructive love that pushed the boundaries and was, in many ways, ahead of its time. The Passion of Mademoiselle S. paints a vivid portrait of a violently passionate love affair that evolves in astounding and unexpected ways. Framed by illuminating insights from its discoverer, Jean-Yves Berthault, this correspondence opens a window on another time and an exceptional woman whose voice echoes down the century and still resonates today.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Paris, 1928- two lovers are conducting a secret and deeply erotic affair.
Charles is a married man with a respectable office job when he embarks on a journey of wild sexual discovery with Simone, whose voracious appetite for the erotic is not confined to the bedroom, but is poured into the illicit letters she writes to him over the course of two years.
This extraordinary collection of letters, found in a dusty cellar decades later, reveals not just a carnal relationship but an obsessive and destructive love that pushed the boundaries and was, in many ways, ahead of its time.
The Passion of Mademoiselle S. paints a vivid portrait of a violently passionate love affair that evolves in astounding and unexpected ways. Framed by illuminating insights from its discoverer, Jean-Yves Berthault, this correspondence opens a window on another time and an exceptional woman whose voice echoes down the century and still resonates today.

Originally published in French as: Mademoiselle S. France : Gallimard-Versilio, 2015.

Paris, 1928: two lovers are conducting a secret and deeply erotic affair. Charles is a married man with a respectable office job when he embarks on a journey of wild sexual discovery with Simone, whose voracious appetite for the erotic is not confined to the bedroom, but is poured into the illicit letters she writes to him over the course of two years. This extraordinary collection of letters, found in a dusty cellar decades later, reveals not just a carnal relationship but an obsessive and destructive love that pushed the boundaries and was, in many ways, ahead of its time. The Passion of Mademoiselle S. paints a vivid portrait of a violently passionate love affair that evolves in astounding and unexpected ways. Framed by illuminating insights from its discoverer, Jean-Yves Berthault, this correspondence opens a window on another time and an exceptional woman whose voice echoes down the century and still resonates today.

Translated from the French.

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I had the unusual feeling that an extraordinary adventure lay right there at my fingertips, that something significant was happening, like when you can feel the hand of fate or you believe you've witnessed a miracle; it was one of those goose bump moments. It could have been a treasure map or an old woollen stocking filled with hundreds of silver coins, share certificates for companies long since collapsed, the private diary of a now-dead young lady or an unknown Mozart score. So I ploughed hastily through the layers of paper and jars guarding the bottom of the box, and came to a heavy leather bag, a beautiful thing with initials engraved on it in silver. And inside, so many letters, all in the same handwriting, in no particular order.

I started to read one, then another, and would eventually explore the entire correspondence of what are clearly love letters, written not merely in daring terms but with extraordinary erotic audacity. They had been deliberately kept together in this satchel which, by all appearances, was intended to remain hidden. On one of the letters I spotted a date: 1929. And they were all signed by a woman, Simone.

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