Torture Garden: Empire of the Senses

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"A century after its first publication, this book is still capable of shocking. The opening satire is probably meaningful only to scholars of French political history, but the subsequent journey into the Far East accentuates connections between love and death, sex and depravity, fastidiousness and pleasure. And the petty, parochial corruptions of the narrator are put into context by the immersion into the Sadeian world of the Torture Garden." The Times
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Overview

"A century after its first publication, this book is still capable of shocking. The opening satire is probably meaningful only to scholars of French political history, but the subsequent journey into the Far East accentuates connections between love and death, sex and depravity, fastidiousness and pleasure. And the petty, parochial corruptions of the narrator are put into context by the immersion into the Sadeian world of the Torture Garden." The Times
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Editorial Reviews

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"This hideously decadent fin de siecle novel has become an underground classic. There are satirical and allegorical dimensions, but it remains irreducibly horrible."
Phil Baker in The Sunday Times

"First published in 1898 this decadent classic flays civilised society down to its hypocritical bones and is le dernier cri in kinky exoticism."
Anne Billson in Time Out

"The Torture Garden by Mirbeau: a quite stunning investigation into the furthest extremities of physical love. Almost post-modern in style and structure, it is a genuinely intelligent, and therefore deeply unsettling, work."
Philip Kane in The Independent on Sunday

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903517871
  • Publisher: Dedalus, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/9/2010
  • Series: Decadence from Dedalus Series
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Octave Mirbeau(1848-1917) French journalist and writer.Heavily involved in campaigning on behalf of Dreyfus he was the social conscience of France. An anarchist his novels are impassioned critiques of French society.

Critic and translator with a strong interest in surrealism and French culture

Prolific science fiction writer, critic and translator.

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