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The Bachelors

Henry de Montherlant

Published 1965
190 pages
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The Baron de Coëtquidan and his nephew the Comte de Coantré inhabit a strange twilight world of near madness. Neglected and humiliated by a world they neither understand now wish to understand, the two have withdrawn to a dilapidated little house in Pariss Boulevard Arago. Here, behind their garden fence, they pursue their separate manias undisturbed by the twentieth century. Montherlant relates with consummate irony their helpless drift towards ultimate ruin. But, at the same time, he exposes with equal brilliance the illusions and falsities of the more sane individuals who from time to time invade the isolation of the bachelors forgotten little world.This short but highly charged novel is a superb introduction to one of the most distinguished living French writers. - NewsweekA masterpiece of its kind. - The New York TimesA very fine novel, indeed. - Saturday ReviewMontherlant is a novelist of subtle and striking effects, a social observer and psychologist of almost painful acuteness. - New York Herald Tribune