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The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now fo ...more
Published January 1st 1995 by Creation Books (first published 1795)
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Nov 21, 2008 Bad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
hehe. I'm such a naughty girl for picking this one up. I had watched the movie "Quills" and became terribly curious about Marquis de Sade. After the first 20 pages, I must say that my cup of interest was filled in it's entirety, but I kept reading because the perversion of his writing was so unbelievable and even humorous. (I must state, that this novel is considered his most joyous writing... MOST of the sexual escapades in in violent deaths.) I couldn't believe that a man could have such a cre ...more
Sep 18, 2013 Merve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all I have to say that, it is extremely disturbing, shocking and shivery. But when I left aside these thoughts I saw the light. Sade is courageous, independent, rebellious. He questions morality, religion, traditions, sexism and every dogma which makes our lives difficult. He is so cruel, but impressive because he is rebels against the rules we accept in all our life without questioning. So, it has to be hard, noisome and convulsive. There is only one thing disturbed me when I was readi ...more
Nikos Tsentemeidis
Αν και τολμηρός, αλλά και ακραίος σε αρκετά σημεία, είναι πολύ μπροστά από την εποχή του, ακόμα και από την εποχή μας. Πέρα από την γνωστή πλοκή, καταπιάνεται με θέματα ηθικής και θρησκείας, φέρεται κατά της θανατικής ποινής κ.τ.λ
Αναμφισβήτητα μια ιδιοφυΐα της εποχής του και από τα πιο ανοιχτά μυαλά όλων των εποχών, ασχέτως του τι εκφράζει σε γενικές γραμμές.
Jun 07, 2015 Lydia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So if you don't like reading erotica or don't like books the use foul language you should stay away from the Marquis de Sade.

Furthermore, if you've ever wondered about the etymology of the word sadism, it's from this man.

This book is meant to shock you, to rock you to your core. He challenges religion, politics and everything under the sun, all while narrating an orgy. This book is totally depraved and utterly riddled with debauchery.

I sometimes found his rants on politics, religion and the st
The Marquis de Sade, father of sadism, begins this book by addressing "libertines, voluptuaries of all ages, lewd women, young maidens, and amiable debauchees". Surely all these fine people would have something to enjoy and learn from this story.

It literally is philosophy in the bedroom. In between sexual interludes in which three libertines teach their ways to an innocent young woman during a remarkably active and productive orgy, de Sade espouses in long rants his views on religion, sex, polit
Nickolas the Kid
Sep 26, 2015 Nickolas the Kid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexual

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Apr 28, 2008 Gabriel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
The most seductively evil book I've ever read, this is surely the lewdest, most depraved and nihilistic piece of smut from the 18th century.
The Marquis de Sade spent the last 14 years of his life imprisoned for writting this book (among others.)

It is shameful, but convinces you that your shame is misguided--or at least makes the attempt.
Tina Dyer
For de Sade, this is pretty good. There's a long discussion of the role of morals in the republic that is interesting, if debatable. As erotica, it is strictly chinese menu stuff. Bob'll have erotic act number one, Sally number two, and the Chevalier two orders of number seven, and then we'll all trade cartons. The interesting bit (to me) is that, even after copious pronouncements about how libertines transgress all boundaries, there's still a scene where Dolmance and Augustin go off in the corn ...more
Kit Fox
Aug 31, 2009 Kit Fox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of all the treatises I've read on the joys of anal sex with a cabal of debauched, French super-libertines—and trust me, I've read, like, hundreds—this one's easily the most—wait for it—accessible. Oof. Some seriously naughty shizz going on here, in between bouts of philosophical musings on why it's one's natural obligation to engage in anal sex with a cabal of debauched, French super-libertines, of course. And on a purely superficial level, the cover for the new Penguin Classics edition is ridic ...more
Obra cruel, explícita y perturbadora. Desde el mismo momento en que los personajes interactúan se comienzan a hilvanar los tejidos de una trama en esencia simple, pero compleja en cuanto a su ideología y sustento moral. Creo que lo más chocante de esta novela, estructurada a partir de una sucesión de diálogos y figuras, no es la descripción explícita de la conducta sexual de los personajes o sus pensamientos en cuanto a la liberalidad y naturalidad del disfrute sexual, sino el gran encontronazo ...more
STRONG LANGUAGE ALERT - Do not read this review if you are under the age of 18 or are offended by explicit sexuality and extreme violence (this is the Marquis friggin' DeSade, after all, grow up people).

This is a very curious book in all respects.

It is the story of a young woman, Eugénie, semi-willingly corrupted by an older woman and a homosexual named Dolmancé to whom apparently women are fine as long as they keep their icky punani away from him (much of the "philosophy" is about why the butt
Jun 28, 2015 João rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, foreign-fiction
Madame de Saint-Ange convoca Dolmancé e o seu irmão, o Cavaleiro, para educar na teoria e na prática da libertinagem a jovem Eugénie, uma virgem encerrada que se encontrava encerrada num convento pela mãe, uma puritana que Eugénie odeia, mas que é incentivada pelo pai, também ele um libertino, a aprender as coisas da vida.

O texto consiste num conjunto extenso de diálogos entre os vários personagens, intercalado por um longo discurso.

Apesar das cenas explícitas de sexo (pornográficas), em que as
Carlos Clorth
Jul 09, 2015 Carlos Clorth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
It is the kind of book I picture Lars von Trier reading. I feel bad I actually had so much fun reading this. Some parts were kind of mediocre and I felt some phrases were repeated several times but loved the characters and the ending... THE ENDING. Also the "evilness" inexplicably childlike. I would only read this if I wanted to improve my relationship with my mum.
I keep thinking about sections of this book so I might buy it. It's certainly weird and sure I'll give 'Justine' or Salo a try.
Dani Schechtel
Jan 19, 2017 Dani Schechtel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TREMENDO LIBRO. Provocativo, excitante, bien erótico y bien filosófico. Sade expone su pensamiento radical por medio de un personaje masculino que junto a una mujer le explican a una jovencita de 15 años cómo se debe vivir: simplemente para tener sexo. Si bien muchas ideas son exageradas, como el hecho de que en realidad no existen Crímenes pues la naturaleza todo lo permite, es liberadora la manera en que incita a la libertad sexual, y lo que sorprende es que de ambos sexos, diciendo que todos ...more
علاقه و حرصم به خوندن کتابای ممنوعه منو به سمت دوساد و در نهایت Philosophy in the Bedroom کشوند .
هر چند از قبل از طریق واژه های سادیسم و مازوخیسم به دوساد رسیده بودمو تقریبا میدونستم چی باید از کتاب انتظار داشته باشم باز هم هر چی جلوتر میرفتم ادبیات کتاب بیشتر متعجبم میکرد و اگه با دوساد آشنا باشین میدونین منظورم چیه.
مارکی دوساد یه نویسنده فرانسوی مبلغ آزادی بی قید و شرط جنسیه که توی این کتاب هم - جدای از صحنه های جنسی و اموزشایی جنسی که تو قالب اموزش یه دختر جوون و تبدیل اون به یه لیبرتین مطرح
Ioannis Savvas
Jul 08, 2016 Ioannis Savvas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Ποιος θα φανταζόταν ότι βαθιά φιλοσοφικά ζητήματα θα μπορούσαν πραγματικά να συζητούνται στην κρεβατοκάμαρα, μεταξύ θεωρίας και πράξης. Ευφυές και ευφάνταστο!
Aug 11, 2016 Shawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-lit
And so we come to the finale of my Sade reading project (that included, for context, Sade A Sudden Abyss by Annie Le Brun and The Sadeian Woman And the Ideology of Pornography by Angela Carter). I use these reviews as memory aids and sometimes as short essays to work out ideas, so it took me awhile to corral my thoughts into something coherent, but I apologize if I ramble. I'm no academic and I find that a great deal of headway can be made in encompassing a larger view of the world by actually embracing humility (while keeping one's critical senses sharp).

Short version - probably a good introd
Interesting from an academic point of view, otherwise not my cup of tea. He is rather tedious and repetative and reminds me of Madonna circa 1991 - you know, always testing the limits of just how far he can go to outrage people.... I think the translation is very interesting - modern and accessible.
Vladdan Oc
No apto para mentes pequeñas.

Más allá de lo erótico y perverso (o degenerado) del libro, la filosofía y política de las que nos habla dan mucho en lo que pensar.
Warning: explicit content ;)

Yeah.. Well, what can I say? I had to read this book for a course ('History of gender and sexuality'), belonging to my minor. The teacher 'warned' us in advance; he said reading the book might require some 'open mindedness'/'benevolence' - he also said it was kind of a mental attack/violation, or something like that. Well, I think it kind of was.
We read about a young girl, Eugénie, visiting her friend mme De Saint-Anges, with the goal to get 'educated'. Mme De Saint-
Po Po
Mar 27, 2015 Po Po rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edited March 27, 2015.

Dear bookclub,

I am so sorry!!

Where to begin? This book is a monster. Not because of its length, but because of the depths of its depravity.

There is graphic buggery on every page. There are plenty of anti-mom sentiments. And also anti-family propaganda. We are told that the greatest pleasure in life is buggery-- and not hetero-buggery between man and woman-- but homo-buggery of man with boy. This is supposedly because of natural inclination and because (a) males have a more
S.P. Aruna
I used to think the Marquis de Sade was a sadist, because the term was derived from his name. But no, he is much more, and the label he assigns himself fits him perfectly - a libertine. He is against every law, every rule, every social taboo. in other words: ANYTHING GOES! Incest, abortion, blasphemy, thievery, even whatever you want, whatever comes naturally. Surprisingly, his philosophy, while outrageous, is well-articulated, even convincing at times.

For those who enjoy erotica, I
Jul 09, 2013 Mizuki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only Marquis de Sade's book which I managed to read from the start to the end. As usual, de Sade gave us a lot of things to wonder about, although sometime the story drags on and on because de Sade loves to insert pages after pages of philosophic speeches in between. Sure as hell a lot of stuff de Sade are highly questionable, but I admire his boldness nonetheless. And the really is priceless.
Frederic Raymond
La philosophie dans le boudoir contient tout ce qui fait de Sade un auteur unique. Il y a de la philosophie, de la pornographie et de la torture. Un lecteur ne faisant que feuilleter le livre, en lisant des passages au hasard, pourra bien rigoler en lisant les scènes de sexe graphique écrits dans un vieux français. Cependant, lire le livre en totalité reste une expérience toute autre qui mène à une finale digne d'un roman d'horreur moderne, voire splatterpunk.
Yasemin Şahin
Mar 17, 2016 Yasemin Şahin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yabancı-roman
Ahlak(!)dışı kurgu
Dragos C Butuzea
Nov 25, 2015 Dragos C Butuzea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
o provocare porno sau una filozo'?

scrisă sub forma unor dialoguri (șapte), cartea provoacă prin ideile chiar modern-deșănțate ale personajelor/autorului.

dacă în 120 de zile ale sodomei, sade își face de cap, depășind limitele scabrosului sexual până la absurd; în filozofia în budoar e mai multă „cumințenie“, scenele pornografice respirând cu inserții filozofice.


îi avem o femeie matură destrăbălată - doamna de saint-ange - și pe fratele ei, cavalerul. incestuoși și educați la școala
It's really hard to rate this as personally I don't agree with Donatien-Alphonse-Francois de Sade's views but personally it helped me to understand the world of moral relativism that influenced authors as Flaubert and in some way is related to the view of authors as Baudelaire even if the later one tends to condemn such behaviour. Besides this, I have to say that the erotic narrative is nothing but totally ridiculous, not even scandalous once you read Dolmancé's arguments that lack of everything ...more
Eirini D
Sep 23, 2016 Eirini D rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
Αν και ήμουν κάπως προκατειλημμένη απέναντι στον Ντε Σαντ, λόγω των όσων έχουν γραφτεί για τη ζωή του, αποφάσισα να το διαβάσω διότι στην τελική τα βιβλία πρέπει να κρίνονται με βάση το περιεχόμενο τους και όχι τις ζωές των δημιουργών τους. Και ήδη από τις πρώτες σελίδες πίστεψα ότι μπροστά μου έχω ένα κείμενο αρκετά πρωτότυπο με αλήθειες για την ανθρώπινη φύση και συμπεριφορά που ίσως να μην τις είχα παραδεχθεί ή να τις αγνοούσα. Αν θυμάμαι καλά, το μήνυμα που προσπαθούσε να περάσει ο συγγραφέα ...more
Αυτό το βιβλίο δεν ήταν για μένα. Δεν κατάφερα να διαβάσω ούτε 100 σελίδες, και γι' αυτό το λόγο δεν είμαι σε θέση να κρίνω το περιεχόμενό του όπως, ίσως, του αρμόζει. Θα το ολοκληρώσω, κάποια στιγμή, περισσότερο επειδή ακούω πολλές καλές κριτικές, οι οποίες δεν εστιάζουν στη σεξουαλική οπτική του έργου του de Sade.
Apr 20, 2015 Nilo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cruel, depraved and ironical. I loved so much the way that Sade compares sex with religion and politics. I would have prefered that it had been written as an essay or a novel, because being a play loses a lot of development to a deep inquire about the author's real philosophy.
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Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade was a French aristocrat, revolutionary politician, philosopher, and writer famous for his libertine sexuality and lifestyle. His works include novels, short stories, plays, dialogues, and political tracts; in his lifetime some were published under his own name, while others appeared anonymously and Sade denied being their author. He is best known for his ...more
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“What does one want when one is engaged in the sexual act? That everything around you give you its utter attention, think only of you, care only for you...every man wants to be a tyrant when he fornicates.” 112 likes
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