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Justine by Marquis de Sade
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Aug 04, 08

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I have no idea why Sade is known for kink. It's kinky, but only in terms of content. If you think the Sexy Gods of Flagellation blessed him, you're wrong. The description of the sex is almost clinical, and the censorship in the book doesn't let you in on the juicy scenes at all. O I suppose it has a performative function in "showing" you that the reader wants to be a voyeur too, to be titilated -- doing kinda what Baudelaire does in Les Fleurs du Mal. It probably ties in at a textual level -- except the ending (which I won't spoil).

But yah on a readerly level, DH Lawrence is so much hotter... and he's probably as philosophical too.

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