"A century after its first publication, this book is still capable of shocking. The opening satire is probably meaningful only to scholars of French political history, but the subsequent journey into the Far East accentuates connections between love and death, sex and depravity, fastidiousness and pleasure. And the petty, parochial corruptions of the narrator are put into context by the immersion into the Sadeian world of the Torture Garden." The Times
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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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Descripción Dedalus Ltd, 2010. Paperback. Estado de conservación: Brand New. 4th edition. 206 pages. 7.75x5.00x0.75 inches. In Stock. Nº de ref. de la librería zk1903517877
Descripción Dedalus Limited, 2010. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P111903517877