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Adair, Gilbert

Published by E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc, 1989
ISBN 10: 0525247882 / ISBN 13: 9780525247883
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Basis for Bernardo Bertolucci's film THE DREAMERS, set during the 1968 student uprisings in Paris about two siblings, a brother and a sister, who draw a repressed American student into their games involving homosexuality, incest and sadism. Adair's novel was itself homage to Jean Cocteau's novel THE HOLY TERRORS, about incestuous siblings and the stranger who enters their world. {Book description drawn and adapted from Anthony Allison's review of the film in the Las Vegas Mercury, 3/4/04) Book is bright, crisp and unmarked in any way. Minor shelfwear to dust jacket, with a half-inch spot where the laminate is just beginning to peel. Protected by archival mylar cover. Bookseller Inventory # 56629

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Synopsis: In May 1968, a brother and sister, young, clever and aristocratic, and incestuously involved, become friends with an American who is studying film in Paris. When their parents go on vacation, they invite the American to stay with them in their flat, where they start to play games.

From Publishers Weekly: The title characters of this rich, furiously concentrated first novel, set in Paris during the student uprisings of 1968, are 17-year-old twins Guillaume and Danielle and their friend Matthew, a 19-year-old American film student studying at the Cinematheque Francaise. Living in a huge apartment and virtually unnoticed by their father and his new wife, bored sophisticates Guillaume and Danielle pursue an obsessive incestuous relationship that becomes even more complicated when sexually confused Matthew moves in; in the author's deft phrasing, he is in love "with the single person Guillaume and Danielle would have been had they not been born twins." On their own, the three explore avenues of homosexuality, rape, incest and sadism that pull them away from the outside world and into starved, frightened squalor. When they finally reemerge, the Paris they see is almost unrecognizable. Adair depicts this scorching sexual triangle and the games that lead into it with knife-point psychological precision and gorgeously spun prose, but he also portrays the teenagers with a compassion that keeps the title (a reference to Cocteau's The Holy Terrors , which parallels and clearly inspires this work) from being wholly ironic.
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Title: c
Publisher: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc
Publication Date: 1989
Binding: HARDCOVER
Book Condition: FINE IN NEAR FINE DUST JACKET
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Book Description New York: Dutton, 1989. dj, 1989. Hardcover first edition - First US printing. Film critic and translator's first novel, the story of 3 young people in Paris in 1968 whose addiction to movies turns into sexual role playing. One British review called it 'a slyly serious exploitation of two absorbing pastimes, the cinema and sex.' Basis for the 2003 movie 'The Dreamers' directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Since Adair re-wrote this novel at the same time as he worked on the screenplay and issued it under the same title as the movie, 'The Dreamers' it is probable that this book will never be re-issued in the original form. Becoming increasing hard to find. Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (remainder line, a tight copy, appears unread.). Seller Inventory # 28800

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Book Description E.P. Dutton, New York, 1989. Burgundy Boards. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First American Edition. A very crisp and clean first American edition, almost new and unread condition, gift quality! 154 very clean, unmarked and uncreased historical pages! Very very scarce and hard-to-find! Dj is nicely preserved in a brand new protective mylar plastic cover! "In that winter of 1968 in Paris, watching the movies is no longer enough ---- it's time to live them, and damn the consequences. As if to prove the point, the Cinematheque Fancaise shuts down and three of its most loyal rats ---- obsessive watchers of old movies ---- are left to their own devices. The three, the French twins Guillaume and Danielle and their American friend Matthew, decide to restage the movies, with special debt to the Cocteau of Les enfants terribles, in an empty Left Bank apartment. It begins with seemingly harmless film quizzes but soon descends into sexual role playing designed to exhilarate and mortify. Performing screen fantasies with their bodies, they withdraw little by little into a hermetically sealed universe of their own creation, an airless, obsessive universe of private games, ordeals, and humiliations. This vertiginous free fall into scripted sensual abandon is interrupted only when a paving stone comes flying through the window: the May riots of 1968 have begun. In a self-consciously sinuous prose style studded with aphorisms and allusions, Gilbert Adair has written a stunning tour de force about bruised purity and the voluptuousness of an irrecoverable moment in time." Extremely rare and out-of-print! Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 027076

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