Books by Pierre Jean Jouve

VAGADU by Pierre Jean Jouve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Catherine is a beguiling creature indeed; one wishes Jeanne Moreau had had the chance to portray her."
Vagadu ($24.95; Oct.; 174 pp.; 0-8101-6040-4): Volume two of the above-named work portrays Catherine Crachat in middle age, undergoing psychoanalysis and ``recovering'' her childhood and early maturity—which Jouve suavely contrasts to the education of her sexually naive (also voracious) younger friend NoÇmi, a feminine Candide for the ages. Read full book review >
HECATE by Pierre Jean Jouve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The passive Pierre is no match for his lovers, but Jouve (The Desert World, 1996, etc.) sensibly ignores him to focus most effectively on the harrowing battles of wills and wits between two powerfully ego-driven females, only one of whom will survive them."
Hecate ($24.95; Oct.; 142 pp.; 8101-6038-2): An overheated but compelling novel (the first of companion volumes originally published in 1928: see below) recounts the troubled love life of a French movie star (her surname translates as ``spit'') who falls in love with a beautiful young man, loses him, then finds him again many years later, in thrall to an amorous noblewoman eager to expand her lustful horizons. Read full book review >
THE DESERT WORLD by Pierre Jean Jouve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A beautiful and memorable work, expertly translated."
The Desert World ($19.95; Oct. 1996; 130 pp.; 0-8101-6018-8): This 1927 novel by the accomplished poet and translator (18871976) who has been favorably compared with Gide—as well as with Mauriac and Bernanos—explores with admirable economy and emotional intensity the intertwined fates of an unlikely mÇnage Ö trois: a troubled male homosexual, a poet who portentously declares himself ``entirely indifferent to sexual practices,'' and the woman, who, unwisely, loves them both too well. Read full book review >