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Perfect timing. Don Alvaro is a young Spanish nobleman who dabbles in the occult. He summons a spirit, and gets more than he bargained for. What he gets is Biondetta, a beautiful young woman who claims to be hopelessly in love with him. Biondetta at other times appears as a handsome young page. His heavy gambling losses are soon made good and he amasses a tidy little sum besides. Don Alvaro is cautious about becoming involved with Biondetta, and even more cautious when it becomes obvious that she is determined to get him into bed with her.
His reluctance to sleep with her actually has more to do with his Spanish pride than any fear of having sexual relations with a woman who is almost certainly a demon. Biondetta however is not inclined to give up. And even a Spanish nobleman cannot withstand such a determined siege forever. The importance of this novel is of course that we are seeing many ideas that would become commonplace in the literature of the fantastique and of the gothic dealt with for the first time in a work of fiction.
This is very much an entertainment, a literary bauble created by a witty dilettante. The book was originally intended to be in two parts but only the first part was ever completed.
Cazotte pursued a varied but not especially happy career in the Marine Department of the French Civil Service, his health being badly damaged by overseas postings to the West Indies.
He became involved with Catholic mystical groups and his support for the Royalist cause led to his being guillotined in Labels: C , gothic fiction , occult thrillers. Moggy August 7, at PM.
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The Devil in Love
The Devil in Love French : Le Diable amoureux , is an occult romance by Jacques Cazotte which tells of a demon , or devil , who falls in love with a young Spanish nobleman  named Don Alvaro, an amateur human dabbler, and attempts, in the guise of a young woman, to win his affections. French critic P. Castex has described The Devil In Love as "the very initiator of the modern fantasy story". Canadian critic Carlo Testa has described The Devil In Love, in review of Stephen Sartarelli's translation as a " terminus a quo" in the history of the demonic subgenre".
The Devil in Love: Followed by Jacques Cazotte: His Life, Trial, Prophecies, and Revelations
Perfect timing. Don Alvaro is a young Spanish nobleman who dabbles in the occult. He summons a spirit, and gets more than he bargained for. What he gets is Biondetta, a beautiful young woman who claims to be hopelessly in love with him. Biondetta at other times appears as a handsome young page.