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Bonjour Tristesse

(1954)
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Set against the translucent beauty of France in summer, Bonjour Tristesse is a bittersweet tale narrated by Cécile, a seventeen-year-old girl on the brink of womanhood, whose meddling in her father's love life leads to tragic consequences.

Freed from boarding school, Cécile lives in unchecked enjoyment with her youngish, widowed father -- an affectionate rogue, dissolute and promiscuous. Having accepted the constantly changing women in his life, Cécile pursues a sexual conquest of her own with a "tall and almost beautiful" law student. Then, a new woman appears in her father's life. Feeling threatened but empowered, Cécile sets in motion a devastating plan that claims a surprising victim.

Deceptively simple in structure, Bonjour Tristesse is a complex and beautifully composed portrait of casual amorality and a young woman's desperate attempt to understand and control the world around her.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Used availability for Francoise Sagan's Bonjour Tristesse

Hardback Editions

December 1955 : UK Hardback
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Title: Bonjour Tristesse
Author(s): Francoise Sagan
ISBN: 0-7195-1203-4 / 978-0-7195-1203-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd
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Paperback Editions

April 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bonjour Tristesse: Francoise Sagan (Penguin Essentials)
Author(s): Francoise Sagan
ISBN: 0-241-95156-9 / 978-0-241-95156-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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September 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bonjour Tristesse AND A Certain Smile (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Francoise Sagan
ISBN: 0-14-144230-1 / 978-0-14-144230-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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June 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bonjour Tristesse: A Novel
Author(s): Francoise Sagan
ISBN: 0-06-144079-5 / 978-0-06-144079-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
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August 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bonjour Tristesse (Penguin Great Loves)
Author(s): Francoise Sagan
ISBN: 0-14-103291-X / 978-0-14-103291-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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October 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bonjour Tristesse
Author(s): Francoise Sagan
ISBN: 0-06-621169-7 / 978-0-06-621169-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarpPeren
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September 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bonjour Tristesse (Essential Penguin)
Author(s): Francoise Sagan
ISBN: 0-14-027878-8 / 978-0-14-027878-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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March 1983 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bonjour Tristesse
Author(s): Francoise Sagan
ISBN: 0-525-48040-4 / 978-0-525-48040-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Plume
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1959 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bonjour Tristesse
Author(s): Francoise Translated by Irene Ash Sagan
ISBN: 0-14-047100-6 / 978-0-14-047100-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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1974 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bonjour Tristesse
Author(s): Francoise Sagan
ISBN: 0-14-001192-7 / 978-0-14-001192-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Kindle Editions

April 2016 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Bonjour Tristesse and A Certain Smile (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Francoise Sagan
Publisher: Penguin
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