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Torture Garden by [Mirbeau, Octave]
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About the Author

Octave Mirbeau (1848-1917) was a French playwright, journalist, novelist, and staunch supporter of the anarchist cause in France. His work was influenced by many, especially Moliere and Dostoyevsky. He was also a lover of art and was one of the earliest supporters of Van Gogh, Pissarro, and Rodin.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 583 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Erotic eBooks (30 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009485IEM
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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The Torture Garden is moral critique of the French and British colonial / political elite. In brief, its argument is that the achievements of civilized culture are mired in blood and degradation. Mirbeau, a writer with anarchist sympathies, is uncompromising. The story line itself is thin; the work is parodic and polemical and is carried by the contrast between detailed descriptions of the garden - its exquisite flowers, its design - and equally detailed descriptions of the techniques and effects of torture. From a slightly different perspective, the book concerns the close relationship between beauty, death, pain, degradation (think Bataille on the sublime intimacy of the sacred and the taboo), how suffering is implicated in the aspiration to perfection (Mel Gibson's the Passion; the Khmer Rouge). There is more than an element of Orientalism going on here; the bureaucratic corruption / murder of Western colonialism is seen to lack the finesse and artfulness of Chinese torture (the representation of the Chinese draws on well-recognized cliches). It's a difficult book to read - sometimes tedious and the final atmosphere of repetitive ennui quite appropriate. Brings to mind Jake and Dinos Chapman's vision of hell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpWZCBbW6VA&index=2&list=PLD83F9F48D28A0C9C
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Came to it through the inlay card of a Manic Street Preachers album. Simply incredible book. Not an easy read, but well worth the perseverance.
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This is a book that grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go. As much as you might want to put it down or even throw it away due to the sheer horribleness of what you're reading, you can't. It demands that you continue reading until the tale is done, and leaves you crushed and stunned on the floor in a mist of mixed emotions - you don't know what to react to first.

A true masterpiece that will haunt you for a very long time to come.
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I came across this book through a friend. I read the English translation. I think the style of writing is very descriptive which is something I had to get used to, possibly because I do not read novels often. I think the story is quite interesting and it was a nice read.
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