Juliette is a novel written by the Marquis de Sade and published — , accompanying Sade's novel Justine. While Justine, Juliette's sister, was a virtuous woman who consequently encountered nothing but despair and abuse, Juliette is an amoral nymphomaniac murderer who is successful and happy. As many other of his works, Juliette follows a pattern of violently pornographic scenes followed by long treatises on a broad range of philosophical topics, including theology , morality , aesthetics , naturalism and also Sade's dark, fatalistic view of world metaphysics. Juliette is raised in a convent. However, at age thirteen she is seduced by a woman who immediately explains that morality , religion and other such concepts are meaningless. There are plenty of similar philosophical musings during the book, all attacking the ideas of God , morals, remorse, love, etc.

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To read the Marquis de Sade is disorienting, intimidating, exciting, frightening and ultimately exhilirating. Philosophy in the Bedroom is pillow-talk like you've never heard it before, an alternation of philosophical discourse and ecstatic grunting. It also contains the famous speech "Encore un effort," which advocates murder, heresy, promiscuity, etc.

This is the first biography of the Marquis de Sade, published in and written by the German specialist in sexual disorders who later discovered the manuscript of Days of Sodom.

Although not as sophisticated as more recent biographies, it contains a wealth of weird sexual data on Sade and his times. Retaliation is a humorous short story of infidelity, anti-clericalism, and revenge. It's good to read as a reminder that Sade had a great sense of humor, something not always obvious to readers of his more notorious tomes.

This is a brief life of Sade written by the brilliant French literary critic Roland Barthes. Taking an impressionistic approach, the text presents Sade not through chronology but through a selection of odd detail and characteristic incident. It was originally published in Barthes' book Sade Fourier Loyola. These are the original Grove Press translations of the Marquis de Sade. Though you expect Sade to appeal to a primarily male audience, the two most insightful critical works about Sade were written by women.

Annie Lebrun's is especially good. For biographical background, these two books do the trick.


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Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Spotify , and wherever you get your podcasts! Title: Marquis de Sade's Justine An innocent girl goes to spend the weekend on an island with a woman and her brother, but soon she finds herself entangled in a web of dream-like sexual experiments. Eugenie, a beautiful but shy young girl, has been living with her stepfather, Albert since her mother died when she was a baby. He is a famous writer specializing in stories of erotica. An erotic horror tale about a vixen vampiress seducing and killing women to appease her insatiable thirst for female blood.


Her story is recounted to Madame de Lorsagne while defending herself for her crimes, en route to punishment and death. She explains the series of misfortunes that led to her present situation. Justine original French title: Les infortunes de la vertu was an early work by the Marquis de Sade , written in two weeks in while imprisoned in the Bastille. It is a novella pages with relatively little of the obscenity that characterized his later writing, as it was written in the classical style which was fashionable at the time , with much verbose and metaphorical description. A much extended and more graphic version, entitled Justine ou Les Malheurs de la vertu English title: Justine, or The Misfortunes of the Virtue or simply Justine , was the first of de Sade's books published. This final version, La Nouvelle Justine , departed from the first-person narrative of the previous two versions, and included around engravings.


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