A little less then twenty years after its first publication, Sade: A Biographical Essay, by Laurence L. Bongie, professor emeritus of French at UBC, is finally available in French. We owe the translation of this important essay on the “divin Marquis” to Alan MacDonell (with the collaboration of Armelle St-Martin).
Sade himself has often been celebrated as a heroic apostle of individual rights and a giant of philosophical thought. In this detailed investigative work based on letters, Sade’s own writings and police records, Laurence Bongie tests these claims and finds them “unfounded and undeserved”.
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