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About the Author: Jean Cocteau

Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager, playwright and filmmaker. Along with other Surrealists of his generation (Jean Anouilh and René Char for example) Cocteau grappled with the "algebra" of verbal codes old and new, mise en scène language and technologies of modernism to create a paradox: a classical avant-garde. His circle of associates, friends and lovers included Jean Marais, Henri Bernstein, Colette, Édith Piaf, whom he cast in one of his one act plays entitled Le Bel Indifferent in 1940, and Raymond Radiguet.

His work was played out in the theatrical world of the Grands Theatres, the Boulevards and beyond during the Parisian epoque he both lived through and helped define and create. His versatile, unconventional approach and enormous output brought him international acclaim.

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Paperback, Published in Jun 2012 by Cabaret Voltaire

ISBN10: 8493518506 | ISBN13: 9788493518509

Page count: 176

Guillaume Thomas is desperate for adventure, and even at 16 years old he already knows the value of lying. Too young to fight in World War I, he assumes a false noble ancestry and lies about his age so that he can become a soldier. In this guise he meets Princess de Bormes and her impressionable daughter Henriette, and while the princess pursues charity work with the wounded, Henriette falls in love with Guillaume. Guillaume, however, is obsessed with war and lost in the realms of fantasy, until fighting in the trenches makes him begin to grasp the true meaning of war. Guillaume Thomas está desesperado por tener una aventura, y aun a los 16 años de edad ya reconoce el valor de una mentira. Demasiado joven para luchar en la Primera Guerra Mundial, asume una falsa ascendencia noble y unos cuantos años adicionales para poder convertirse en soldado. Disfrazado de esta forma conoce a la princesa de Bormes y a su hija impresionable Henriette, y mientras la princesa ofrece su tiempo al cuidado de los heridos, Henriette se enamora de Guillaume. Guillaume, sin embargo, está obsesionado con la guerra y perdido en una fantasía, hasta que luchar en las trincheras le hace comenzar a darse cuenta del verdadero significado de la guerra.

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