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Daniel Arsand

Lovers

Daniel Arsand

Lovers

2012, pp. 144, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609450717
Translated by: Howard Curtis
Region: France
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$ 15.00
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The book

“I dream of writing a book like Lovers some day. It is so spare but so rich. It is history made intimate, and a masterpiece of compression.”—Jhumpa Lahiri

“Daniel Arsand is a writer of immense gifts. He writes with a subtle beauty and a storyteller's skill. His Lovers is a wonderful read”—Joseph O’Connor, author of Star of the Sea.

“Lovers is a brilliant book. I fell in love with it by page two and knew I would see it through to the end that same day. So very inspiring and beautiful and sad and right.”—Justin Torres, author of We the Animals

Daniel Arsand’s slim, sublime Lovers is many things: a song of love and an ode to sensual abandon; a richly imagined, atmospheric evocation of the French court; a fable about freedom and the heart’s indifference to social and class barriers; a heartfelt cry against those who, poor of soul, refute the legitimacy of unconventional love. Above all, with its delectable prose, Lovers is itself a delight for the senses.

For Sébastien Faure, the experience of love is so profound, so complete and transformative that, in its wake, he will be left with an almost occult understanding of the world, a potent knowledge bequeathed to him by passion that will endure even when the object of his love is no more. Sébastien is fifteen years old and already versed in the medicinal properties of plants and herbs when he meets the young nobleman Balthazar de Créon, whose life he saves after the latter is thrown from a horse. De Créon, struck by the boy’s beauty as much by his talents as a healer, orders Sébastien to his manor some months later so he can instruct him in the ways of the court, hoping thus to install him as Louis XV’s surgeon. His motives, however, are clouded by his lust for Sébastien, and after a brief period of restraint Balthazar and Sébastien abandon themselves to their passions and imaginations. But it is 1749 and their affair scandalizes the French court, bringing the king’s wrath down upon them. Balthazar is eventually presented with an ultimatum: repudiate Sébastien and live, or do not, and die.

The author

Daniel Arsand
Daniel Arsand was born in Avignon in 1950 and currently works as an editor with Éditions Phébus in Paris. He is the author of several novels, including The Land of Darkness, winner of the Prix Femina for First Fiction, and In Silence, winner of the Jean Giono Second Novel Grand Prix.  

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