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Edmée lacks for nothing. Her adoring husband is a handsome and cosmopolitan engineer, they have two beautiful children, and they live a prosperous life in California. But all is not what it seems. Edmée is tortured by anxiety attacks. And her daughter Claudie shines with a disturbing inner knowledge.

Choice of the Elect follows Edmée through the seriocomic adventures that ensue when she deserts her husband. Edmée believes herself to be on a holy mission and over the years takes up with a series of mysterious lovers and finds success in Hollywood—all with Claudie in tow. Yet over time, Claudie rejects her, and Edmee comes to wonder whether this is tragedy or the price the holy must pay for being elect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810119246
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 06/19/2002
Series: Literature in Translation Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jean Giradoux (b. 1882) combined a career as an avant-garde novelist with work as a diplomat. Known for his Wildean wit-"Only the mediocre are always at their best"-Giradoux later won an international following as a playwright. His novels include Les Provinciales (1909), Suzanne and the Pacific (1921), and My Friend from Limousin (1922). He died in 1944, perhaps by poisoning, in Paris.

Henry Russell is a linguist, teacher, and translator of European and Latin American literature. He has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a professor emeritus at Northeastern Illinois University. 

Table of Contents

Translator's Foreword
Choice of the Elect
Selected Works of Jean Giraudoux
Translator's Notes

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