Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:35 PM
ZombieHorde (28,283 posts)
It’s a Sadistic Story, and France Wants It
By ELAINE SCIOLINO
Published: January 21, 2013
PARIS — “The 120 Days of Sodom,” by the Marquis de Sade, is one of the most perverse works of 18th-century literature.
It tells the story of four rich “libertines” who lock themselves in a remote medieval castle with 46 victims (including eight boys and eight girls, ages 12 to 15). The men are assisted by four female brothel keepers who arouse their hosts by recounting their outlandish (and embellished) experiences.
The work describes orgies and acts of abuse — sexual and otherwise — including pedophilia, necrophilia, incest, torture, rape, murder, infanticide, bestiality, violent anal and oral sex acts and the use of urination and defecation to humiliate and punish.
Sade called it “the most impure tale that has ever been told since our world began.”
More at the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/22/books/frances-national-library-hopes-to-buy-sades-120-days.html?_r=0
Word of warning for anyone interested in buying this book: There are two different versions published. One version is the story, and the other version is just the list of the 600 passions as imagined by Sade.
Side Note: There is a really well-made Italian movie which mostly consists of the introduction and first chapter The 120 Days of Sodom, named Salo, and was directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. It's pretty intense, and not for everyone, but I highly suggest it for fans of Sade or Pasolini.
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