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The Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun (Paperback) Loot Price: R108 Discovery Miles 1 080 You Save: R17 (14%)
The Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun (Paperback): Gabriel De Lavergne
The Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun (Paperback): Gabriel De Lavergne

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The Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun (Paperback)

Gabriel De Lavergne; Illustrated by Simon Brett; Translated by Guido Waldman

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These letters were first published anonymously in 1669. Ostensibly they were translations into French of five love letters written by a nun, cloistered in a provincial Portuguese convent, to a French officer who had loved her and left her. More than a hundred years later the nun was identified as Mariana Alfocorado, a gentlewoman who had lived in the Franciscan convent of Beja. The officer was thought to be NoŽl Bouton de Chamilly who went to Portugal in 1663 to support the Portuguese in their war against the Spanish. Recently scholars have identified the author as the Vicomte de Guilleragues, a nobleman at Louis XIVís court, who wrote them as a literary exercise. The letters display a remarkable psychological insight into the mind of a woman in love, attesting to a slow but crucial development of self-awareness and a beautifully controlled treatment of passion on the edge of hysteria.

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Imprint: Harvill Pr
Release date: August 2002
Authors: Gabriel De Lavergne
Illustrators: Simon Brett
Translators: Guido Waldman
Dimensions: 197 x 130mm (L x W)
Format: Paperback - B-format
ISBN-13: 978-1-86046-034-0
Barcode: 9781860460340
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > 16th to 18th century fiction
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LSN: 1-86046-034-8

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