Dominique Vivant Denon, Point de lendemain [No Tomorrow]

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Sensual and witty, elegant and enlightened, Dominique Vivant Denon’s story of a one-night liaison has now been rightly recognized as a grand literary masterpiece. In merely thirty or so pages, the erotic

conte

[tale]

Point de lendemain

[No Tomorrow] captures the libertine essence of the French eighteenth century. It is often read, with a fondness not far from nostalgia, as a vignette for a certain idea of libertinage. With

Point de lendemain

, Denon celebrates the subtle seductions and the intense

voluptés

of vicomtes and marquises, set in rococo landscapes à la Watteau or in lavish interiors worthy of Du Barry.

Point de lendemain

is as graceful as a painting by Fragonard and as sensuous as one of Boucher’s. It is also as sharp and well written as a Voltairian epigram. Besides being…

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Citation: Ganofsky, Marine. "Point de lendemain". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 March 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35886, accessed 23 June 2024.]

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