Thursday, March 03, 2016

Ten top novels featuring hateful characters

Heinz Helle’s debut novel is Superabundance. One of his top ten novels featuring hateful characters, as shared at the Guardian:
Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

The Vicomte de Valmont, played by John Malkovich in the hit 1988 film version of this scandalous 18th-century novel, is an impressive example of elegance being the only acceptable excuse for complete lack of character. At the end of his ruthless game of seducing women in order to publicly shame them, he dies in a duel, hopelessly in love with one of the women he destroyed. And we forgive him.
Read about another entry on the list.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses also appears on Jonathan Grimwood's top ten list of French Revolution novels, Helena Frith Powell's top ten list of sexy French books, H.M. Castor's top ten list of dark and haunted heroes and heroines, and John Mullan's list of ten of the best lotharios in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue