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Gabriel Joseph de La Vergne Guilleragues

Lettres portugaises


En 1669 paraît un recueil de cinq lettres signées d'une religieuse portugaise elle s'adresse, éperdue à son amant infidèle, qui l'a abandonnée. Le succès est immédiat et immense - d'emblée le livre s'impose comme un modèle de correspondance amoureuse. Pendant longtemps, cependant, la polémique fait rage : s'agit-il d'une fiction, comme le soutient Rousseau ou de lettres authentiques ? Il aura fallu presque trois siècles pour que le texte soit rendu à son genre, le roman épistolaire, et à son véritable auteur, le poète et diplomate Guilleragues. Lamento de l'amour pur, les Lettres portugaises ont marqué et intrigué d'innombrables écrivains, de Saint-Simon à Guy Goffette, en passant par Stendhal et Rilke, qui les traduisit en allemand et en fît l'éloge suivant : "Les paroles de cette religieuse contiennent le sentiment tout entier, ce qu'il a d'exprimable et ce qui est en lui indicible. Et sa voix est pareille à celle du rossignol, laquelle n'a pas de destin ".

Format: Paperback
Published: in France in 2009
Publisher: Flammarion
Pages: 149
Language: French
ISBN 13: 9782081219656
ISBN 10: 2081219654

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Lettres portugaises