The Only Son
by Stephane Audeguy;John Cullen (9780151013296)

The Only Son
 

Stephane Audeguy;John Cullen


Release Date: 08 September 2008
Format: Hardback
Pages: 246
Category: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780151013296
ISBN-10: 0151013292



Jean-Jacques Rousseau mentions his older brother Francois only two times in his classic "Confessions." In "The Only Son, " Stephane Audeguy resurrects Rousseau's forgotten brother in a picaresque tale that brings to life the secret world of eighteenth-century Paris.

Instructed at an early age in the philosophy of libertinage by a decadent aristocrat and later apprenticed to a clock maker, Francois is ultimately disowned by his family and flees to Paris's underworld. There he finds work in a brothel that caters to politicians and clergy and begins his personal study of the varieties of sexual desire--to its most arcane proclivities. Audeguy uses the libertine's progress to explore the interplay between the individual and society, much in the tradition of Jean-Jacques, but with a very different emphasis. Bold, erotic, and historically fascinating, "The Only Son" is, in many ways, the anti-"Confessions--"Francois' own, decidedly different, portrait of human nature.

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