Cuisant noviciat

Title page, volume 1.

Cuisant noviciat - mon dressage is a French spanking novel in two volumes by Paulette Vergès, a pseudonym of P. Beloti. It was first published by Collection des Orties Blanches in 1935 and is illustrated by Jim Black (Luc Lafnet). However, while all 12 heliogravures are signed Jim Black, only two of them were really done by Lafnet, while ten were in fact done by Beloti himself. Beloti was very good at imitating the style of other artists. The novel, whose title translates to "Painful novitiate - my training"[1], is F/f (and possibly also F/F).

After the war, the novel was reprinted by Astrée under the title Mon Noviciat. Mémoires d'une gouvernante (1957). In 1990 it was reprinted by Héliot presse.

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  1. Notes: Cuisant can also be translated as "bitter", "blazing", or "ignominious". Dressage, known from horse training, also has the connotations of "breaking in" and "obedience training".

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