The Pure and the Impure
The Pure and the Impure

Colette herself considered The Pure and the Impure her best book, "the nearest I shall ever come to writing an autobiography." This guided tour of the erotic netherworld with which Colette was so intimately acquainted begins in the darkness and languor of a fashionable opium den. It continues as a series of unforgettable encounters with men and, especially, women whose lives have been improbably and yet permanently transfigured by the strange power of desire. Lucid and lyrical, The Pure and the Impure stands out as one of modern literature's subtlest reckonings not only with the varieties of sexual experience, but with the always unlikely nature of love.

Title The Pure and the Impure
Author Colette
Publisher NYRB Classics
Title First Published 30 September 2000
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 208 p.
ISBN-10 094032248X
ISBN-13 9780940322486
Publication Date 30 September 2000
Main content page count 208
Weight 16 oz.

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