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Incest (Hesperus Classics) Paperback – 28 Feb 2003

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'There is no story or novel in the whole history of European literature in which the dangers of libertinage are exposed with such force; no other work in which the dark style is taken to such heights of terror and pathos.' - De Sade

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New English translation of the most chilling tale of sexual experimentation and philosophical exploration by the author of The 120 Days of Sodom

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Please Disregard the Below, or, The Critique of the Critic 7 Oct 2003
By Bryan Gibson - Published on
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For artfulness alone, and pure freedom, or should I say boldness, of thought, the Marquis De Sade earns five stars for this work and everything else he's written (except of course "Oxtiern," which is, admittedly, dreadful). In this age of hum-drum prose, hacks, and politically-correct morons, Sade's works serve as much needed escapism. As for the below criticism, that Sade is overrated because he doesn't describe graphic sex--a comment like that only means its author hasn't read "120 Days of Sodom," or "Justine," or "Juliette"--whose lewdness would make even the devil blush.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Eugênie de Franval with a Racier Title 3 May 2005
By J. Eggert - Published on
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Originally published in English by Bantam Books in 1964 in The Crimes of Love book as Eugenie de Franval. This short story describes how one amoral man's plan to create the perfectly libertine daughter ends in disaster.

As one of de Sade's earlier works, it has the typical Justine character in Madame Franval. Pious, loving her indifferent husband without question, and in all manners virtuous. The proto-Juliette figure is seen in Eugenie, raised to spurn religion, laugh at social customs, and to embrace vices. The third primary character is Eugenie's father, de Franval. It could be inferred that this character is portraying de Sade, trying to create the perfect woman, but failing in the end.

Unlike the 1000 page plus tomes of Juliette and Justine, this story does enable the reader to get the gist of de Sade's sophistry in a page or two, rather than the normal 10 page single character dissertations found in other writings.

Overall, a good introduction to de Sade, without the descriptive sexual escapades he is famous for, in fact a made for TV movie could be made without any editing due to content. If you are interested in this book, I would recommend purchasing the aforementioned "Crimes of Love."
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A quick, deep read 24 Aug 2004
By B. Varchmin - Published on
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This is one of Sade's most well executed works. At its best his prose captures above all the heavy inevitability of real life. As in our lives, there are no miracles, no surprise rescues... only the unavoidable consequences of our actions. INCEST captures that reality and much more. In a way this is an especially philosophical work which very accurately portrays the power-dynamic between parent and child, and the relationship between man and local moral code. There is a spareness to Sade's writing here that will refresh those easily bored by the longwinded philosophical diatribes of works such as JUSTINE and JULIETTE. INCEST is a short quick-moving tale with all elements perfectly placed. A must-read for any fans of the Marquis.
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Can't recommend this one, not one of his best books. 17 Nov 2013
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The Marquis de Sade wrote some ground breaking erotic literature, that can't be denied. He liked to thumb his nose at the Church. But this story was not one of his best. It's about a man who raises his daughter, isolated from her mother, and trains her to be his personal consort. Weird story.
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DeSade at his best! 16 Nov 2010
By Batmnn21 - Published on
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This is one of my favorite pieces DeSade ever produced. If you want to understand sexual deviancy and paraphilias, you must take a lesson from the master himself. Highly recommended.
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