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Truants and Cuckolds

Aaron Matz: Raymond Radiguet, 21 March 2013

The Devil in the Flesh 
by Raymond Radiguet, translated by Christopher Moncrieff.
Penguin, 151 pp., £9.99, March 2012, 978 0 14 119464 6
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... In The Devil in the Flesh, Raymond Radiguet’s novel of 1923, there are no machine guns, no trenches, no clumsy helmets or Five-Nines. At one point there’s some fighting several kilometres away, but the sound of artillery fire is audible only briefly. All the totems of First World War literature are absent, and yet the most interesting thing about the book is that it is even so a story about the war ...

Cocteaux

Anne Stillman: Jean Cocteau, 13 July 2017

Jean Cocteau: A Life 
by Claude Arnaud, translated by Lauren Elkin and Charlotte Mandell.
Yale, 1024 pp., £30, September 2016, 978 0 300 17057 3
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... by contrast, Breton’s way of forming a coterie seems like banditry. In​ 1919 Cocteau met Raymond Radiguet, who was then 15. It was the first of many intense, transformative encounters with much younger men. Radiguet had already published stories, short plays and outlined a novel that would become Le Diable au ...

Diary

John Bayley: Serious Novels, 10 November 1994

... fictional scene all around it. It was as absorbed in its own discoveries as the first novel of Raymond Radiguet, Le Diable au Corps, a novel which may indeed hover in the background of Essays in Love. It was one of the entries too interested in itself to care about seriousness. Such confidence in being quite on its own was rare among ranks of novels ...

A New Verismo

John Bayley, 8 January 1987

The Master Eccentric: The Journals of Rayner Heppenstall 1969-1981 
edited by Jonathan Goodman.
Allison and Busby, 278 pp., £14.95, December 1986, 0 85031 536 0
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The Pier 
by Rayner Heppenstall.
Allison and Busby, 192 pp., £9.95, December 1986, 9780850314502
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... whom he has a close and affectionate relation.) The French ghost seems a friend of prodigies like Raymond Radiguet, author of Le Diable au Corps and Le Bal du Comte D’Orgel, who lived with Cocteau (he was bisexual) and died at 20 of typhoid after eating too many Mediterranean oysters. English Heppenstall disapproves of all this and finds the two novels ...

Bon Viveur in Cuban Heels

Julian Bell: Picasso, 3 January 2008

A Life of Picasso. Vol. III: The Triumphant Years 1917-32 
by John Richardson.
Cape, 592 pp., £30, November 2007, 978 0 224 03121 9
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... Brancusi (his sworn enemy, incidentally) and Cocteau’s idol, the charismatic poète maudit Raymond Radiguet: They had both had enough of Cocteau’s shenanigans. ‘Let’s leave,’ Brancusi said. Off they went, with Nina Hamnett, to Montparnasse. The Dôme was about to close – just time to buy cigarettes. Brancusi suggested they go to the ...

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