Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom and Other Writings

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No other writer has so scandalized proper society as the Marquis de Sade, but despite the deliberate destruction of over three-quarters of his work, Sade remains a major figure in the history of ideas. His influence on some of the greatest minds of the last century—from Baudelaire and Swinburne to Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky and Kafka—is indisputable. This volume contains Philosophy in the Bedroom, a major novel that presents the clearest summation of his political philosophy; Eugénie de Franval, a novella widely ...
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No other writer has so scandalized proper society as the Marquis de Sade, but despite the deliberate destruction of over three-quarters of his work, Sade remains a major figure in the history of ideas. His influence on some of the greatest minds of the last century—from Baudelaire and Swinburne to Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky and Kafka—is indisputable. This volume contains Philosophy in the Bedroom, a major novel that presents the clearest summation of his political philosophy; Eugénie de Franval, a novella widely considered to be a masterpiece of eighteenth-century French literature; and the only authentic and complete American edition of his most famous work, Justine. This literary portrait of Sade is completed by one of his earliest philosophical efforts, Dialogue between a Priest and a Dying Man, a selection of his letters, a fifty-page chronology of his life, two important essays on Sade, and a bibliography of his work.
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Robert Lowry
"Shines a perverse and revealing spotlight on the entire era of the French Revolution....An important and elucidating book." -- Chicago Sun-Times
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802132185
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 784
  • Sales rank: 226,426
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.78 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2005

    a disturbing masterpice

    De Sade's work is so explicit in its description of sexuality, so free with its four letter words and other forms of profanity, and so vulgar in its graphically described acts of sexual violence that it makes the reader cringe in horror and disgust. Yet at the same time, one can see the beauty and virtue in these tomes of sick debauchery.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2001

    'Le bon Gourmet' Daniel Di Fabrizio 32, Ny

    This is the master piece, a Flower. Sade play with a pure Ingenuity and love. A Poem, Prosa, Poema. He's work represent the Legend of sexual behaviors and vice it self. This book is a Beauty on the Beast side.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    The Marquise of Sadism

    Alot of people feel that this is disgusting, fascinating, and chock full of debatable philosophy. I think if everyone was like De Sades characters, the world would be an awful place to exist in. I like the idea of personal freedoms in society and choosing to live whatever lifestyle you want. The world needs balance between both, and not let our vices always win over our virtues. I did not finish the story of Justine because I found it to be a little stretched. Every single person she came across did her more harm then the last... so the arguement of vice vs virtue was a little tipped. This book is sexually explict too..so readers- fair warning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2008

    A reviewer

    Sade is an instrumental writer in the history of sexuality, and for this alone he is worth reading. On top of this, he has a razor wit and his satire drips from these pages, especially the titular 'Justine'. He brings his entire society (and possibly ours) into question and shows us its dark underbelly. Definitely recommended, if you are not light of heart or stomach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    A reviewer

    I never heard of Marquis until recently. Now he's my favorite author of all time.In this book he never bores you at all. He makes you feel like you are there with Justine.Reading each page made me cringe and wanting more. And he given me just that. Justine seems confused and retells her horrors to a woman she knows. Great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2006

    An Erotic FairyTale...

    The tale of a virtous girl girl in an unvirtous world...It truly is an erotic fairytale with no (happily ever after...)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2004

    Contrast of perversity and sophisticated way of describing it.

    Sophisticated, erotic, atmosphere - pornographos, but described in classicism manner, dialogues full of sophistry, demagogy, high moral standards versus instinctus, depiction of all the possible ways of intercourse to be better than losing virginity in vaginal sex. Detailed sexopatology long before Freud.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2004

    Exquisite

    I felt this book was absolutely amazing. The only reason I almost didn¿t give it a fifth star was, as was mentioned in an earlier review, Justine did not act like a person would in such situations, nobody argues pro¿s and con¿s of virtue/vice while being raped. I did, however, altogether love it and I would definitely recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    Graphic but made me think

    I'd heard of this book from a friend, and read it recently. While the sexual situations are at time downright revolting, I liked the fact that at least there was dialog that helped me understand the mindset behind the extreme bondage and discipline found here. The 'sadistic' tendency obviously has more components than psychologists prefer to admit. A very enlightening book in this way.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2000

    Sometimes erotic, sometimes not

    This book is a multi-facted one. On one hand you have almost too many lengthy, graphic descriptions of just about every sexual and/or sadistic act that is possible. On the other hand you have a somewhat searching discussion of what justifys these acts. I'm must not sure that I buy the justifications. I admit that I enjoy reading DeSade's writings but I sure wouldn't want him for a next door neighbor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2000

    Who ponders philosophy while being raped?

    That's what I would like to know. I have read Justine many times and I do consider it a classic, buy it, read it but realize that most of the book is written for DeSade's own pleasure. His writing in Justine is mediocre at best, the reader becomes slightly irritated with the main character, Justine(Miss Virtue 1791) as we follow her through one sexual peril after another. Her character is unreal. I know that if I was being raped and/or tortured I would not have asked them why they prefer 'vice over virtue',and then proceed to argue the point. As I said before, read this book, read his work because DeSade was an important figure in history not a brilliant author. Take it for what it is, a classic piece of writing.

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