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Turcaret by Alain-Rene Lesage
Book DescriptionFraud, theft, extortion and sexual corruption: a society which sells off and farms out the power of taxation into private hands reaps its own harvest. Not a future nightmare but classic eighteenth century French comedy. In an age when the Sun King's coffers were empty and the state machinery colluded with its tax gatherers to defraud itself, financiers made tremendous fortunes. Turcaret is one of these men - fingers in all monetary pies, legitimate and illegitimate, speculating wildly to increase his fortunes, loaning money at usurious rates, at the same time aspiring towards respectability through marriage and nobility. To such men a myriad of rogues attach themselves. This translation by John Norman received its British premiere at The Gate Theatre, in London 1988.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780948230189
(210mm x 130mm x 6mm)
Imprint: Absolute Classics
Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-1988
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alain-Rene Lesage
Turcaret, Paperback (August 2013)
Originally published in 1918, this book contains the French text of Alain-Rene Lesage's satire Turcaret.
Three French Comedies, Paperback (June 1996)» View all books by Alain-Rene Lesage
This work comprises three translated versions of plays by French writers. "Turcaret", a tale of sexual intrigue and bad manners, and "Triumph of Love", which deals with self-reflection and self-consciousness, were written in the 18th century, while "Eating Crow" was written in the 19th.
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Author Biography - Alain-Rene Lesage
Alain-Rene Lesage (1668-1747) is considered to be France's first professional author. His works include the novels Diable Boiteaux and Gil Blas as well as Turcaret. John Norman is a writer whose plays include Edward and Anna, Mr Smith and Holyoake all of which have been produced by the Orange Tree Theatre.
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