Aimez-vous Brahms?

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First UK edition (publ. John Murray)

Aimez-vous Brahms (Do you like Brahms?) is a novel by Françoise Sagan, first published in 1959. It was published in English in 1960, and was made into a film under the title Goodbye Again in 1961 starring Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Perkins. It was also adapted (probably unofficially) as a Hindi film called Jahan Tum Le Chalo in 1999.


At thirty-nine years old, Paule is a divorced interior designer. Roger, her lover, who is busy with important business, makes distant visits to her, which she awaits with a certain indolence. She is committed to this relationship, but also wishes to preserve her independence and freedom. Of course, she would sometimes like to go further with Roger, to get closer to him, instead of collecting adventures without a future.

At a turning point in her life, and ultimately dissatisfied, she met Simon, the son of Mrs. Van Der Besh, a wealthy American customer. At 25 years of age, he is handsome, nonchalant, childish. He falls in love with Paule, courting her, falls passionately in love with her. Paule was touched by his attentions, but kept her distance until the day he invited her to a Brahms concert given at the Salle Pleyel. Believing that she saw in him a being sensitive to music, she gave in and, for several weeks, accepted the passion that the young man offered her.

Paule soon realized that her love for Roger was, despite everything, more precious to her. Confronted with society's disapproval of the age difference, she put an end, not without sadness, to her relationship with Simon, envying him his violent and beautiful grief. However, she did not have the strength to cut bridges and saw the young man again, while establishing a more satisfying relationship with Roger.

Further reading[edit]

  • Michel Guggenheim - "Aimez-vous Brahms: Solitude and the Quest for Happiness", Yale French Studies, No. 24

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