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Penguin
14 November 2016
Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Erotic fiction
This disturbing but hugely important text has influenced countless individuals throughout history- Flaubert and Baudelaire both read Sade; the surrealists were obsessed with him; film-makers like Pasolini saw parallels with twentieth-century history in his writings; and feminists such as Andrea Dworkin and Angela Carter clashed over him. This new translation brings Sade's provocative novel into Penguin Classics for the first time, and will reignite the debate around this most controversial of writers.
By:   Marquis de Sade
Translated by:   Thomas Wynn, Will McMorran, Thomas Wynn, Will McMorran
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   319g
ISBN:   9780141394343
ISBN 10:   014139434X
Pages:   464
Publication Date:   14 November 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

The Marquis de Sade (Author) The Marquis de Sade was born in Paris in 1740. He was imprisoned several times for his scandalous behaviour, and wrote The 120 Days of Sodom, his most notorious work, while in prison in the Bastille. He managed to ingratiate himself with the new regime after the French Revolution, but by 1796 was a ruined man. He died in an insane asylum in 1814. Will McMorran (Translator) Will McMorran is a Senior Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature at Queen Mary, University of London. Thomas Wynn (Translator) Thomas Wynn is Reader and Director of Research in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University.

Reviews for The 120 Days of Sodom

The great merit of this edition is the thoroughly excellent translation by Will McMorran and Thomas Wynn. It has none of the phoney archaism of earlier English translations. Instead it is like a window, allowing us to have as clear of view as possible of Sade's mind and world ... In their scholarly and wise introduction, the translators are careful to emphasise the historical context ... Sade's novel feels as grimly relevant to the terrors of our age as to those of his own. Andrew Hussey, The Economist A blistering new translation ... This new version of the 120 Days is well overdue [and] these two dons have done a sterling job ... This new, accessible 120 Days also forces us to confront ourselves Erotic Review


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