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This is an auction for MARQUIS DE SADE by Maurice Lever.

"Lever is the editor of the Marquis de Sade's correspondence, and thus in a good position to curb much of the mythical fervour that surrounds the writer everyone thinks he knows about and almost no one does. By modern French surrealists and leftists, Sade has been championed as an archangel of revolution, of sexual revolt; by the general public, as evil and cruelty incarnate. The facts support both and neither. Sade's noble Provencal family related to Petrarch; his feverish libertinage and real crimes of perversity; his first imprisonment (during which he wrote the first of his novels, The 120 Days of Sodom); his second imprisonment, during Robespierre's Terror; his authorial ambitions; the two remarkable women who put up with him as wife, then companion; his re-arrest and re-imprisonment during the Napoleonic reaction to Jacobin excesses; the end of his days spent in the mental 'hospital' at Charenton, where Sade ran the semi- psychodrama theatricals. What Lever brings across, in a vigorous, well-translated style, is how much (and also how merely) a writer Sade would become after his aristocratic sexual frenzies burned themselves out early in life. Like many writers, Sade thought most about money. But nobleman that he was, he knew nothing about people; and Lever is right to mention that Sade's greatest distinction as an imaginative writer was to create a self-contained repetitious rhythm the likes of which have never been repeated in prose. Demythologizing, level, and consistently fascinating. A must."
- Kirkus Reviews (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Paperback 1995.

616 pages.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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