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Publication Date
October 1995
Page Count
104 pages
Trim Size
5 1/2 x 8 1/2


Pierre Jean Jouve

After his marriage to a psychiatrist nine years his senior, Jouve's work, once marked by the great Christian mystics, became grounded in the Freudian unconscious, site of the conflict between Eros and Thanatos. Hélène is the story of a sixteen-year-old boy's passion for an older woman. Originally published in 1934, it is considered the high point of Jouve's prose career.

About the Author

Pierre Jean Jouve (1887, Arras, Pas-de-Calais - 1976) was a French writer, novelist and poet.
"Jouve was a writer who thought with his senses, who believed with the tools of his skepticism and whose work always lives best through the webs of shadow thrown by death. Hélène does a good first job of returning him to us, complex and apart and incomparable as he was." --Ross Feld, Chicago Tribune
"Never did the theme of the interrelation between love and death that predominates throughout Jouve's writing [find] better expression than here." --David Gascoyne