The Torture Garden (Empire of the Senses)

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Novel. "This hideously decadent fin-de-siecle novel by the French anarchist Mirbeau has become an underground classic... There are satirical and allegorical dimensions, but it remains irreducibly horrible"-The Sunday Times. First published in 1898, the decadent classic Oscar Wilde recommended as "revolting...a sort of grey adder" is available in a new edition from Dedalus, translated by Michael Richardson and with an introduction by Brian Stableford. The century that has passed since its first publication has done nothing to tame the book that, in Anne Billson's words, "flays civilised society down to its hypocritical bones and is le dernier cri in kinky eroticism."

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Finally back in print: Octave Mirbeau's fabulously rare 1889 classic novel The Torture Garden, one described as "the most sickening work of art of the nineteenth century." Following the twin trials of desire and depravity to a shocking sadistic paradise--a garden in China where torture is practiced as an art form--a dissolute Frenchman discovers the true depths of degradation, infinitely beyond his prior bourgeois imaginings. Entraced by a resolute Englishwoman whose capacity for debauchery knows no bounds, he capitulates to her every whim amid an ecstatic yet tormenting incursion of visions, scents, caresses, pleasures, horrors, and fantastic atrocities...

Well ahead of its time, The Torture Garden is exceptional for its detailed descriptions of sexual euphoria and exquisite torture; its political critique of government corruption and bureaucracy; and its revolutionary portrait of a woman, which challenges even contemporary role models of female autonomy. While weaving a richly complex morality fable, The Torture Garden grants glimpses of ecstasy and exhilaration which can only spring from a relentless probing of passion and pain.

About the Author:

Octave Mirbeau(1848-1917) French journalist and writer.Heavily involved in campaigning on behalf of Dreyfus he was the social conscience of France. An anarchist his novels are impassioned critiques of French society.

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