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Too young to fight, he assumes for himself a noble ancestry and a few extra years and becomes a soldier. In this guise he meets the society star Princess de Bormes and her impressionable daughter Henriette. While the princess pursues charity work with the wounded, Henriette falls in love with Guillaume. However, Guillaume, resplendent in army uniform and issued with a shiny revolver, is lost like a child in a fantasy land of their own creation. At the novel's denouement he clings to his imposture but in mind, if not body, he has grasped the real meaning of war. Jean Cocteau's visionary novel is a 'hymn to the cult of youth' in which the First World War battlefields become an exaggerated spectacle where fiction and reality are inseparable.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780720612523
ISBN-10: 0720612527
Format: Paperback
(186mm x 123mm x 11mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Peter Owen Publishers
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
Publish Date: 1-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau is regarded as one of France's greatest men of arts and letters. A multi-faceted talent and arecipient of the Legion d'honneur, he achieved distinction as a poet, playwright, and critic as well as an artist, illustrator, composer, actor, and internationally acclaimed filmmaker. Hewas the author ofLa Belle et la Bete, Les Enfants Terribles, and Opium. Gilbert Adair is the author of The Real Tadzio.


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