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- Description'Justine' was the Marquis de Sade's first vella, written in 1787, whilst imprisoned for two weeks in the Bastille. Although published anymously, 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 contations, and a titled lady holds a lifetime of illicit secrets.
- Author BiographyThe Marquis de Sade was a French aristocrat, revolutionary and writer of violent pornography. Incarcerated for 32 years of his life (in prisons and asylums), the majority of his output was written from behind bars. Famed for his graphic depiction of cruelty within classic titles such as 'Crimes of Love' and 'One Hundred Days of Sodom', de Sade's name was adopted as a clinical term for the sexual fetish known as 'sadism'.
- Author(s)Marquis de Sade
- PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
- Date of Publication19/01/2009
- SubjectErotic Fiction
- Series TitleHarper Perennial Forbidden Classics
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Weight120 g
- Width111 mm
- Height178 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound,A-format paperback
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