Justine (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

Justine (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by Marquis de Sade
     
 

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Justine, Or the Misfortunes of Virtue by the Marquis de Sade was published in 1791 at the height of the French Revolution, in times as tumultuous as the story of its heroine. At the tender age of twelve, Justine and her elder sister Juliette are unexpectedly thrust into life on the streets of Paris. In order to survive, Juliette chooses to use her body to

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Justine, Or the Misfortunes of Virtue by the Marquis de Sade was published in 1791 at the height of the French Revolution, in times as tumultuous as the story of its heroine. At the tender age of twelve, Justine and her elder sister Juliette are unexpectedly thrust into life on the streets of Paris. In order to survive, Juliette chooses to use her body to obtain the favors of powerful men, but Justine is determined to remain virtuous at all costs. Justine struggles to champion honor, decency, and honesty in a world ruled by corruption, betrayal, and crime. Sade's narration of her plight ruthlessly describes the archetypal confrontation between vice and virtue, and the novel's striking motifs are sadly still relevant today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760768976
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
07/22/2005
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
619,979
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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Justine (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sade's 'Justine' is a major work in de Sade's career and a powerful work, but it's ruined by this horrible translation. The translator opted to use obsolete 'old English' phraseology (the translator uses ¿thee¿, ¿thy¿, and ¿thou¿), rendering the novel almost unreadable and ruining the power and force of Sade¿s writing. In addition to the translation problems, this edition has an introduction that is loaded with factual errors. The person who wrote the introduction makes the ridiculous claim that ¿Justine¿ was the only time the Sade had a woman narrator, and discusses this at some length. Apparently, she never bothered to read ¿Julliette¿ or ¿Florville and Courval,¿ both major works of Sade, and both of which have female narrators. ¿Justine¿ can be found in far better English translations, with erudite commentary. Interested readers should seek out those volumes and avoid this one.
BaxterBoy More than 1 year ago
I agree with everything stated above. This is such a beautifully written book, but an awful translation... to anyone interested in reading Justine, choose any of the many translations out there, but I wouldn't reccomend this one!
gigi_13 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book only because I was looking for something new and I happened to come accross it at the bookstore. What was intriguing was the fact that Marquis De Sade was the author which made me curious because I had not read any of his work. This book has some very disturbing scenes that almost made me put down the book but I thought better of it and am not disappointed. It provides a psychological view to sexual experiences and if you are able to read it without judgment then you will appreciate the work for what it is. It is amazing that this was written so long ago and is still a dark, interesting and shocking masterpiece that will have you analyzing the characters desires and morality. The characters are not great yet they are what moves the story along and provide an ocean of actions to analyze.
Guest More than 1 year ago
de Sade shows himself here to be the true forefather of psychology, muting Frued when read after Frued. The balance of pleasure and pain and the truth that we create our realities in society through personal and tribal belief comes through with astonishing brilliance.
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Bookish_Ribaldry More than 1 year ago
of the works of Marquis de Sade I've read thus far 'Justine' is not my favorite but it does show the consistency of timeless storytelling and well crafted words.
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If h dsnt want me ill come back but until then have fun with my sis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to temember when it was written.