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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Pushkin Collection (Jan. 6 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901285804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901285802
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 1.4 x 16.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,765,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Admired both by Ezra Pound and by Marcel Proust as a pioneer craftsman of Modernist French prose (...) The sheer shapeliness of his prose recalls Hemingway; the urbanity of his selfdestructiveness compares with Fitzgerald’s; and his camera eye is as lucidly stroboscopic as that of Dos Passos. He is, like Victor Segalen, Blaise Cendrars, Valery Larbaud, and Saint-John Perse, one of the great nomads of 20th-century French literature, racing through the apocalypse with the haste and glamor of an Orient Express. It is a pity we should have had to wait this long to catch up with him." - The New York Times Book Review

"Morand was a citizen of the world, with a sharp eye and a neat turn of phrase." - The Tablet

"Insight and brilliance." - Bob Corbett

"Without a doubt the best French writer of the 20th century." - Philippe Sollers

"Morand was the all-round aesthete." - Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

About the Author

Paul Morand was born in Paris in 1888 and after studying at the Ecole des Science Politiques he joined the diplomatic corps, serving in London, Rome, Berne and Bucharest. His first collection of stories Tendres Stocks (1921), had an introduction by his friend Marcel Proust. In a long and busy life, he found time to write poetry, novels, short stories and travel books. In 1963 Morand was made a member of the Académie Française. He was married to the Romanian princess Hélène Soutzo, and he died in 1976.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hecate and Her Dogs Nov. 13 2009
By Stephen Balbach - Published on
Format: Paperback
`Hecate and Her Dogs` (French 1954) was first translated to English in 2009 in an artfully produced little book by Pushkin Press. It's on the surface a disturbing novella, sort of a mix of `Jekyll and Hyde` and `Lolita`, but darker, dealing with an evil perversion. The title alludes to it in an elliptical manner. This sort of ellipsis is the style of the book, rarely is anything said explicitly, although on occasion the truth comes clear with devastating force, hanging on a single innocent word or phrase. It is a literary novel, not entirely an erotic story, yet at its core a hellish portrayal of sexual addiction seeking new and greater thrills. In the Afterword, Unberto Pasti says the book is best seen as "camp", that Morand was really writing about his wife, who he apparently disliked at the time (although it is doubtful she had the perversions depicted here). Nicholas Lezard, reviewing in The Guardian, sees it as autobiographical. Moran in real-life was a "Collaborator" with the Nazi's during WWII. Just as the fictional character collaborates with a perverse partner to his own demise, as did Moran in the 1940s. Whatever the case, it's a story that will stick with you and haunt you with what is left unsaid. Our own imagination can be taken to heights of evil with such polite and gentlemanly turn of phrase. I often found myself shocked that it such a book could have been written in 1954, and unsurprised that no English translation appeared until now - but this is a great work of literature. Like Emile Zola's classic The Earth: La Terre - first published in France in 1887 but not properly translated into English until 1980 because of its sexual taboos - `Hecate and Her Dogs` has finally found a publisher and hopefully will be (re) discovered and earn a reputation among English readers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Acquired Taste Jan. 13 2013
By Antoine - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Not for everyone but good for those with an offbeat interest in early epat Tangier (Morocco) literature. Paul Morand was an aristocratic Frenchman French who was associated with the pro-Vichy government in WWII.