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Even during his lifetime, the real Marquis de Sade was in danger of being subsumed by his myth, and in the two centuries since his death his name has become a synonym for perversion, brutality and desirous cruelty. Neil Schaeffer's subtle and revealing biography peels away layers of misconception and legend to reveal the complex psychology of a man who, far from being mere ...more
Published by Picador USA (first published July 29th 1999)
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Quite lengthy but fascinating look into the life of de Sade, who I got intrigued by due to his infamous (and mostly undeserved) reputation and many people name-checking him as one of the first libertarians, who with an inquisitive mind challenged religion, morality, authority and other received wisdom of the time.

Puts a lot of the cruelty of his writings into the context of failed military adventures into Russia, the poverty of the lower classes under the aristocracy and the angry and violent j
A bit hard going but extremely fascinating. I thought the biographer did a good job of coming across as objective as one can be writing about such a subject.
Paddy O'callaghan

Beyond any reasonable doubt the greatest biog of anyone ever. READ IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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