The Misfortunes of Virtue, and Other Early Tales

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Oxford University Press, 1992 - Erotic stories, French - 282 pages
The name of the Marquis de Sade is synonymous with the blackest corners of the human soul, a byword for all that is most foul in human conduct. In his bleak, claustrophobic universe, there is no God, no human affection, and no hope. This selection of his early writings, some making their first appearance in English in this new translation by David Coward, reveals the full range of Sade's sobering moods and considerable talents. This is a fully annotated edition including an introduction, a biographical study, and a history of the censorship of these writings.

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User Review  - migsabo - LibraryThing

Some of his works are laughably obscene, but this book really delves deep into his philosophy on religion and humanity in general. A great read for anyone interested in the early stages of nihilism and atheism. Read full review

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User Review  - noonwitch - LibraryThing

Sade was a very sick man, but he could make some good social commentary. As sick as the specifics of his story are, the actual overall story is sickly humorous. Read full review


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