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Published: 20 January 2013

320 Pages

7.7 x 5.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199572847

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Justine, or the Misfortunes of Virtue

The Marquis de Sade
Translated by John Phillips

Oxford World's Classics

  • The first new translation for over forty years of Sade's transgressive novel, and the first ever critical edition.
  • This is the first, 1791 novel-length version of the story and the most accessible and artistically successful of the three versions.
  • John Phillips's translation is lively and accessible and conveys the tone of Sade's original text.
  • The introduction situates Sade's narrative in its historical, literary, and philosophical background, discussing the major themes including attitudes to women, the church, the justice system, and the world of finance, the sadistic and masochistic elements, and the novel's reception, banning, and censorship.
  • Notes elucidate religious and philosophical ideas and allusions to topical events.

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