Douglas Parmée (1914–2008) studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, and during the War worked in RAF Intelligence at Bletchley Park, returning to a lectureship in French at Cambridge, where he was Fellow and Director of Studies at Queens’ College until his retirement to Adelaide, South Australia. He was a winner of the Scott Moncrieff Prize, and his many translations include Laclos’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses and works by Flaubert, Maupassant, Zola, Mérimée and Fontane, as well as lesser-known works by Vallès, Renard and Constant among others.
BOOKS BY THIS TRANSLATOR
Published posthumously, The Red Notebook is an account of the youth of the author of the seminal Romantic novel Adolphe, relating Constant’s eccentric and peripatetic education, his introduction to European high society and the kindling of his literary ambitions – as well as his often comic and cala…READ MORE >
Set in Paris during the years of the Reign of Terror, ‘The Gods Want Blood’ centres on the rise to power of Jacobin sympathizer Evariste Gamelin, a young painter who becomes a juror on a local Revolutionary tribunal. Caught up in the bloodthirsty madness surrounding him, he helps to dispense cruel j…READ MORE >
When the young and sensitive Auguste Saint-Clair notices an Etruscan vase on the mantelpiece of his beloved Mathilde, he becomes gradually consumed by jealousy at the thought that it could be the gift of another man, and the situation escalates dramatically as he demands proof from her that she love…READ MORE >
Micromegas is a six-hundred-and-fifty-year-old, thirty-nine-kilometre-high giant from the planet Sirius who can speak a thousand languages and has been expelled from his homeland for writing a heretical tract. On Saturn he befriends the local secretary of the Academy of Sciences – a comparative dwar…READ MORE >
Trapped in an unhappy marriage with a boorish, inattentive and socially ambitious husband, Julie de Chaverny enjoys a flirtatious dalliance with the elegant Major de Châteaufort. However, the sudden reappearance of an old admirer, M. Darcy, who has returned from Turkey with a tale of breathtaking de…READ MORE >