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This is an auction for WITCHES' SABBATH by Maurice Sachs.

"FIVE STARS!!! This is an important book by a not-very-nice man. Maurice Sachs' charm, looks and ability to write competent prose took him into the highest circles of interwar French culture and the most improbable circles of the small-town America lecture circuit. His (homo)sexuality, enthusiasms and cycles of hero-worship-resentment-rejection made his life a continuous series of rises and falls, frauds and self-destructions, culminating in his collaboration with the Gestapo and at the end of the War. In WITCHES' SABBATH he justifies himself, blames himself, reveals himself. Because of his narcissism, you won't learn much about anyone else but his work reads like a novel with an unreliable narrator, and is endlessly fascinating. WITCHES' SABBATH is out of print and has largely disappeared from lending libraries. It deserves a new edition."

"Maurice Sachs was a French charmer, deceiver, thief. He had no morality but he had 'something' -- wit, looks, sex appeal? We'll never know. He gambled his life away in the social sense, becoming in the 1920s a special friend of Cocteau and Gide while still in his
teens. He knew Picasso, Soutine, Chanel and the philosopher
Jacques Maritain, and this memoir, along with other writings,
makes him a (notorious) underground literary figure. This is a
fascinating and disturbing work."

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Hardback 1965.

315 pages.

An inscription on the flyleaf. Otherwise, good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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