Justine by Marquis de SadeJustine was the Marquis de Sades 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.
Justine, or the Misfortunes of Virtue
I put so much effort into making these ebooks, and would love to carry on offering them for free. However, the site really can't survive without your help. Justine or The Misfortunes of Virtue is set just before the French Revolution in France and tells the story of a young woman who goes under the name of Therese. Her story is recounted to Madame de Lorsagne while defending herself for her crimes, en route to punishment and death. She explains the series of misfortunes which have led her to be in her present situation.
Some books have been burned, banned by censors, bookshops, schools or libraries and some books land the author in prison. What I found was engrossing, perverse, complex, unpleasant, surprising. De Sade was certainly a radical who defied convention and lived a life of libertinism and his Justine is his unflinching exposition of the France of his day. What could the Emperor do with such a man except throw him into prison and throw away the key? A brutal indictment of society, it exposes the inequities of the class system, the place of the poor, the truth about the moral depravity and hypocrisy of those in power including church officials, politicians and professionals.
This article will be permanently flagged as inappropriate and made unaccessible to everyone. Are you certain this article is inappropriate? Email Address:. There is no standard edition of this text in hardcover, having passed into the public domain. The text itself is often incorporated into collections of Sade's work. Justine is set just before the French Revolution in France and tells the story of a young woman who goes under the name of Therese. Her story is recounted to Madame de Lorsagne while defending herself for her crimes, en route to punishment and death.
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