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The Marquis de Sade: classic author?

"The 120 Days of Sodom" is now freely available from your nearest proper bookshop

By Kevin Jackson  

“Faut-il bruler Sade?” asked the pioneering feminist Simone de Beauvoir in a famous essay, first published by Les Temps modernes in 1951. Must we burn the works of the Marquis de Sade? Her answer, roughly speaking, was: no, absolutely not. “The supreme value of his testimony,” she wrote, “lies in its ability to disturb us. It forces us to re-examine thoroughly the basic problem which haunts our age…

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