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Justine or the Misfortunes of Virtue (1791)
Justine by Marquis de Sade (1791)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0965208281, Paperback)Full color art wraps around over spine and back cover: Woman half naked (seen from rear) being whipped by two angels while seated man with stick watches. Original art was done in pastels. Size of book is 8 X 5.25 inches. 295 pages. 1993 edition prepared specifically for Book of the Month Club, New York.
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'Justine' was the Marquis de Sade's first novella, written in 1787, whilst imprisoned for two weeks in the Bastille. Although published anonymously, de Sade was eventually indicted for blasphemy and obscenity (without trial) for the authorship of 'Justine' at the behest of Napoleon Bonaparte. Who suffers in the pursuit of desire? The Countess de Lorsange reveals her history, in a tavern, to a young woman named Therese; where a young girl and her sister fight a battle of morality. Set in a period before the French Revolution, Justine shows the battle of virtue versus vice, where earning your keep takes on fresh connotations, and a titled lady holds a lifetime of illicit secrets.
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