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'Senneval, you see in me your sister, the girl you seduced at Nancy, the woman who murdered your son, the wife of your own father and the ignoble creature who sent your mother to the gallows...' love but of its crimes? Murder, seduction, and incest are among the cruel rewards for selfless love in his stories; tragedy, despair, and death the inevitable outcome. Sade's villa...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published April 21st 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1800)
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heather
Mar 04, 2008 heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Voltaire fans, feminists, surrealists, psychoanalysts
I have read these stories, written by de Sade while incarcerated in Charenton, over and over again. They are the only of his works that I truly treasure. He wrote them late in a debauched life and they are infused with a melancholy moralism (think Voltaire in a terrible mood), where few people have pure motives (and virtually everyone meets a bad end), effusive, romantic prose can turn surreal and footnotes can meditate on dreams in a way that presages and far outstrips the insights of Freud. I...more
J-Man
De Sada je uvek zadovoljstvo čitati, čak i kada je ovako uzdržan i proračunat i kada uopšte ne liči na ono razulareno stvorenje iz 120 dana Sodome ili Filozofije u budoaru. Nekako sam uvek njegova dela doživljavao prepuštajući se uživanju u otkačenim i preteranim rečenicama, zapletima i situacijama, ne analizirajući ga previše ozbiljno, a trebalo je, jer on je očigledno imao ozbiljan duhovni i intelektualni razvoj ma koliko odavao utisak simpatičnog ludaka i razvratnika.
Miguel Soto
No sabía si ponerle 2 o 3 estrellas, finalmente me decidí por 3. Resulta que el Marqués de Sade podía ser mucho más sutil de lo que conocíamos. En estos no tan breves relatos el sexo en su sentido más común no aparece sino insinuado, y muy marginalmente; sin embargo, las narraciones nos hablan del más puro goce. Quizá sin parecerlo, sea esta la obra más perversa del Marqués, mostrando el lado más trágico de la perversión.
Ana
After reading Sade's other literature, I have found this book a bit watered down. I do not feel it is Sade at his fullest. However his philosophy is still apparent, though not very.

Still it was very enjoyable to read because of his reflections, and the stories, while watered down, were very moralizing and kept me wanting to know how the tragedy he put his characters through would end: In virtue, or in sorrow? Though to Sade these two words usually went hand in hand, I did not find it true in th...more
Nate
Jul 23, 2014 Nate rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: jesse goldchains
three novelas, each less impressive than the last; eugénie de franval is the best of the lot and most inspired, miss henrietta stralson exploring similar themes and plot devices but in a Less Good way, and florille and courval depicting a series of unfortunate coincidences, rather than individuals who are Obsessed By Cruelty. at his best, de sade's writings here are incredibly filthy and depraved, moreso when compared with other others of the time. no doubt have inspired countless other writers...more
Amandine
3,5 étoiles.

Si je devais conseiller une édition pour lire Les crimes de l'amour, c'est sans hésitation celle-ci que je choisirais : contrairement aux éditions de poche, les 11 nouvelles y figurent, accompagnées de notes critiques très intéressantes. La comparaison entre les passages du manuscrit des années 1780 et la version publiée en 1800 témoignent du désir de Sade de devenir un homme de lettres, mais également du changement d'état d'esprit général après la Révolution : le point commun des ch...more
♥Xeni♥
This was the first de Sade book I ever picked up. And it was not my last, although I haven't really gotten around to finishing many of the others!

And the stories in this collection still haunt me. I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I first grabbed this book off the Penguin Classics shelf in my bookstore, but I doubt that it was this!

On the one hand, I had expected something akin to erotica (mainly because people were so outraged back when he published his works) and it was definitely no...more
Julie Rylie
It’s officially, I am a great fan of Marquis de Sade and I want to read everything he has ever written.

At first I was quite surprised that he wasn’t as controvertional as I was expecting, but as soon as I got more in the book, there we go… consented incest between father and daughter; revengeful women that hate their daughters because they want to fuck their lovers; puritan women that once had children before marriage (…) and, the cherry on top of the cake was when at the end of Crimes of Love...more
Patrick Clare
I decided to watch movies from a list I found on the internet of the most disturbing films ever made. The most recent of which was called "Salo, 120 days of Sodom". 120 Days of Sodom was originally written by the Marquis de Sade. I find that I'm running into a lot of people who are not actually familiar with the Marquis de Sade, which includes my mother (which, when you think of it, is the one person who should not know about the Marquis de Sade, right?). Anyway, the Marquis de Sade was a French...more
Christian
Aug 04, 2008 Christian rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: open minds, people that like a good story and well-defined characters
Shelves: french, classics
Following a very poignant dissertation on novels and writing, Sade embarks on stories of remarkable human cruelty. His hand is assured and his prose crisp. We are in 18th century Europe and life is still a grandiose believable illusion of virgins to be married, war, revenge, love and death. Sade paints the most virtuous people and the most decadent monsters wih equal care to have characters with personal convictions, consitencies and occasional change of hearts. Well orchestared and well explain...more
Comptine de Karesse
Quelques nouvelles abordant la fatalité, l'inceste amoureuse et/ou par l'inconnu, donc fatalité encore...

Le premier livre de Sade que je lis qui ne contient aucun passage érotique. Bizarre. Mais autant de valeur que du Maupassant ou bien du Poe.

J'ai souri, sourcillé, eut quelque sursaut de stupeur et d'incrédulité, les personnages sont près, il n'est pas difficile de les saisir, de les comprendre et de s'y identifier. Notre compassion s'offre même aux malhonnêtes et aux fautifs.

Mais trop de vert...more
Leez Matías
Somos seres perversos, el hecho de que no lo demostremos o que no seamos villanos, no significa que no lo seamos, no significa que no deseemos lo peor y lo oculto.
Chiio
Me encantó, algunas personas consideran los libros del Marques de Sade como basura por su alto contenido sexual, pero al meno yo siempre he podido encontrar una especie de "trasfondo" en todos los libros que he leído de el, este en lo personal me encantó y creo que es mi favorito de el ;)
Antonio Rocha
El lado más cursi de Sade. Aunque esperaba un nivel mucho más alto de perversión, los relatos que integran el libro siguen guardando ese morbo y esa monstruosidad característicos de otras de sus obras. Me gusto; aunque prefiero al Sade que es depravado y enfermo.



Carrie M.
Sorry, great master, this time you did not get me hooked. Is it really necessary to describe the scenes with such detailing? And keep popping moral advices every, what, three lines? Don´t pretend you´re a moralist, dear Marquis, for we all know you are not. Period.
Anthony
The stories in this collection are by and large excellent, though not as nearly incediary as his more infamous work. The excellent essay on novels that comes before the short fiction proves him to be anexceptionally witty and erudite writer.
Rafael Corvera burciaga
Una mirada a otra faceta del Marqués, una en la que los horrores que generalmente se le atribuyen al autor no aparecen por ninguna parte.
En los 4 relatos que trae se condenan a los libertinos y se exalta a los virtuosos.
Olivia Mainville
This is a great beginner into the works of Marquis de Sade! These stories are tasteless, philosophical but not too vulgar. There are no descriptions of sex like his other ones.
Marius
Nişte povestioare cu perdea, mai 'cuminţi' decât Filosofia în Budoar, de la maestrul viciului, geniul perversităţii - Marchizul de Sade.
Alaina
I was hoping for a little more kink, but the stories are interesting nonetheless as artifacts of the late 18th c.
Stefan Glosby
As ever with de Sade, great fun to read. Skullduggery, betrayal, sex, intrigue, death. Brilliant and mental.
Clarissa
Na verdade, to achando chato. Nunca chega a hora dele sacanear uma das duas....

Q horror.
Cait
I read Florville et Courval, Eugenie de Franval, and Faxelange in French for my class
Pauline
if you're feeling tragic, this book will make you sink 10 times deeper.
Sam Jayne
Oct 20, 2008 Sam Jayne is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
France was kinky, still is? that's all I know so far.
Shefali
The Crimes of Love by Marquise de Sade (1996)
Crystal
Aug 01, 2009 Crystal marked it as classics-i-shoulda-read-by-now  ·  review of another edition
Naughty I'm sure, but I'm curious!
Carmen
Not that great really.
Rita
Sade no seu melhor (ou pior).
00who
Sep 10, 2011 00who added it
Twisted.
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