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Justine, or the Misfortunes of Virtue
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Marquis de Sade John Phillips
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Justine, or the Misfortunes of Virtue

Marquis de Sade John Phillips


9780199572847

Worlds Classics


Classic fiction (pre c 1945);
Erotic fiction;
Fiction in translation


Paperback

320 pages

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'I have become whore through goodwill and libertine through virtue.'Orphaned and penniless at the age of twelve, the beautiful and devout Justine embarks upon her remarkable odyssey. Her steadfast faith and naive trust in trust in everyone she meets destine her from the outset for sexual exploitation and martyrdom. The unending catalogue of disasters that befall her, during which she is subject to any number of perverse practices, illustrate Sade's belief in the primacy of Nature over civilization. Virtue is no match for vice, and as criminality and violence triumph, Justine is doomed to suffer.

Sade's writings have become a byword for transgression and obscenity, and the logical amorality of his philosophy still has the power to shock. By overturning social, religious, and political norms he puts under scrutiny conventional ideas of justice, power, life, and death. Justine is a ferocious physical and intellectual assault on absolute notions of good and evil, and as such, one of the earliest literary manifestos for atheism.

By:   Marquis de Sade
Translated by:   John Phillips
Imprint:   Worlds Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 195mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   214g
ISBN:   9780199572847
ISBN 10:   0199572844
Series:   Oxford World's Classics
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   November 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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