The 120 Days of Sodom : And Other Writings, Paperback

The 120 Days of Sodom : And Other Writings Paperback

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The 120 Days of Sodom is the Marquis de Sade's masterpiece. A still unsurpassed catalogue of sexual perversions and the first systematic exploration of the psychopathology of sex, it was written during Sade's lengthy imprisonment for sexual deviancy and blasphemy and then lost after the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution in 1789.

Later rediscovered, the manuscript remained unpublished until 1936 and is now introduced by Simone de Beauvoir's landmark essay, 'Must We Burn Sade?' Unique in its enduring capacity to shock and provoke, The 120 Days of Sodom must stand as one of the most controversial books ever written, and a fine example of the Libertine novel, a genre inspired by eroticism and anti-establishmentarianism, that effectively ended with the French Revolution.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
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  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9780099629603



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The tags give a fair idea of what to expect. No real plot, but the framing device is that a group of French lords gather in a large country house along with various servants and prostitutes and proceed to have sex in as many different ways as possible.The book splits into four parts, the first is the most detailed, whilst the other three are little more than lists. The acts described become more and more extreme, culminating in mutilation and murder. The prose is at best indifferent and the whole is difficult to recommend, except as a curio.

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