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Eugenie de Franval (Incest) 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Marquis de Sade (1740 - 1814)

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Hesperus Press March 16th, 2007 07:18 AM PST

De Sade has gained a reputation as a grim and somewhat unpalatable author and philosopher, and this renown may serve as a deterrent to many strangers to his work. However, there are many works both shorter and lighter in delivery than 'The 120 Days of Sodom', which would serve as excellent introductions to this key figure in French literature and the gothic.

Hesperus Press has published three of these shorter works, full details of which can be found through the 'Titles' comment links on the right hand side of this page. 'Eugenie de Franval', was published in 2003 as 'Incest'. A chilling tale of sexual experimentation and philosophical exploration, it presents all of the libertine intemperance of de Sade's more famous works, but is altogether less daunting at a fraction of the length.

Hesperus Press' 2006 publication 'Betrayal' combines the short stories 'Le President Mystifie' and 'Emilie de Tourville', both of which present the sexual licentiousness and disregard for traditional morality for which de Sade was famed, but in a significantly lighter and more comedic fashion than is typical of the author. It is therefore ideal for any readers who find themselves deterred by the dark depravity associated with the Marquis de Sade.


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