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By Marquis de Sade

'Senneval, you notice in me your sister, the woman you seduced at Nancy, the lady who murdered your son, the spouse of your personal father and the ignoble creature who despatched your mom to the gallows...'

Who however the Marquis de Sade could write, no longer of the discomfort, tragedy, and pleasure of affection yet of its crimes? homicide, seduction, and incest are one of the merciless rewards for selfless love in his tales; tragedy, melancholy, and loss of life the inevitable consequence. Sade's villains will cease at not anything to meet their wicked passions, they usually in flip endure lower than the thrall of love.

Psychologically astute, and defiantly unconventional, those tales exhibit Sade at his top. a talented and crafty storyteller, he's additionally an highbrow who asks questions on society, approximately ourselves, and approximately existence, for which we've but to discover the solutions. This new choice comprises 'An Essay on Novels', Sade's penetrating survey of the novelist's artwork.

Readership: Readers and scholars of French literature, cultural reviews, women's experiences

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But whatever the vantage-point at which he has been placed by nature or fate, if he wishes to know men, let him speak little when he is in their company. A man learns nothing when he talks; he learns by listening. Which is why those who talk the most are, in the ordinary run of things, fools. You who would tread this thorny path should never lose sight of the fact that a novelist is a man of nature. Nature created him to be her portraitist. * But if he acquires the burning desire to write about everything, if he experiences a frisson as he unveils nature’s bosom to draw from it his art and his models, if he has the talent and fire of genius, then he should follow wherever the beckoning hand leads him, for he has guessed the human riddle and will paint humanity’s portrait.

You who would tread this thorny path should never lose sight of the fact that a novelist is a man of nature. Nature created him to be her portraitist. * But if he acquires the burning desire to write about everything, if he experiences a frisson as he unveils nature’s bosom to draw from it his art and his models, if he has the talent and fire of genius, then he should follow wherever the beckoning hand leads him, for he has guessed the human riddle and will paint humanity’s portrait. Governed by his imagination, he must yield to it and embellish what he sees.

Now all discerning minds will certainly support us when we say that this crucial knowledge is acquired only through suffering and travel. You must have encountered men of all nations to know them, and you must have been their victim to know how to value them. The hand of misfortune, which elevates the character of those it brings low, gives its victim the right perspective from which to study others. He observes them from a distance, just as the passenger observes the angry waves break against the rocks on which the storm has driven his ship.

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