By Louis Couperus

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Ecstasy is a novel of burning passion and agonising restraint. In turn-of the-century Holland, Cecile, a beautiful high-society widow, falls in love with a notorious womanizer, but her desire must remain unspoken.

This is one of Couperus's most powerful novels. A brilliant observer of fin-de-siècle Dutch society, his works are characterised by perfect characterisation, exquisite description and a mordant wit, which brought comparisons to Oscar Wilde.



Translated by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos and John Gray
Cover illustration by Duncan Ward
160 pp
Published 01 February 1998
ISBN 9781901285024
Pushkin Collection