C’est à la Bastille, de à , que Sade compose Aline et Valcour, l’une de ses œuvres les plus surprenantes et les plus riches, véritable somme. Two Extracts from Aline and Valcour. by the Marquis de Sade, translated from the French by Jocelyne Geneviève Barque and John Galbraith. Aline and Valcour is a neglected masterpiece of world literature, a novel composed by the Marquis de Sade while he was imprisoned in the.

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No surprise that Sade would defend what came to be known as homosexuality but his reasoned defense of it is unusual for its rejection of nurture or upbringing as its cause in favor of what would within a couple of centuries be largely acknowledged as owing to inborn biological or constitutional features. Would it not give way before efforts of those who would guide the early years?

Let us examine the human beings branded by it, for it makes its stamp felt despite all efforts to oppose it; it strengthens with passing years; it resists advice, solicitation, terrors of the life to come, punishments, contempt, and the tartest traits of the opposite sex.

Is that the way of depravity, the way of such a proclivity? How do we want to explain it if not as clearly owing to Nature?

And if that is the case, what is there to be offended about? Would Nature inspire something that outrages her?

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Would she permit something that disrupts her laws? Would she bestow the same gifts on those who serve her as on those who degrade her? Let us better study this indulgent Nature before daring to fix her limits. Let us analyze her laws, scrutinize her intentions, and never venture to make her speak without listening. To the contrary, it forms part of her plan that some men do not procreate at all and women older than forty cannot; propagation is not one of her laws. Nature does not esteem it and it does not serve her; we can use it as alline seems good to us without displeasing Nature, or in any way attenuating her power.


You may not want to imitate the Greek philosophers, but at least respect their views.

Did not Lycurgus and Solon bring Themis to defend these unfortunates? They adroitly turned the reigning vice they found there to the advantage and glory of the nation. They profited from it to stir patriotism in the souls of valcoue compatriots. In the famous battalion of lovers and beloved—men and boys—resided the value of the state.

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Understand that what makes one people flourish can never degrade another. One must deal with fools and cowards on one side, fanatics on the other. We can be guilty of stupidity and cruelty, and come away with not one vice less. But valcoour wedded bliss is interrupted by her abduction, which sets him on a worldwide search to find her.

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Sade creates in Sainville a deist—an enlightened believer in a non-interventional God, which brings him nothing but grief: But an incomprehensible difficulty destroyed our mutual restraint, and grossly imbecilic behavior on the part of those whom we importuned to help prevent the crime positively plunged us into it.

Will you ever realize that it is far better to accept a lesser evil than to occasion a greater one, and that your worthless approbation, to which we would readily submit, has nevertheless far fewer consequences than all those that result from your refusal? The Vicar General of the Archbishop, from whom we requested benediction, harshly dismissed us; and three other priests in the city subjected us to the same unpleasantness.

There, during the Eucharist, I took the hand of my beloved and swore to belong forever only to her; she did the same. We valciur our union to be confirmed as soon as we might and that same day the most charming of women made of alnie the happiest of husbands.

We reached Venice without further incident. I considered settling in that city, in the name of Liberty and as a Republic that always appeals to young people; but we quickly realized that if some cities in the world merit to be so qualified, Venice is not among them—unless one so credits a state characterized by the severest oppression of its people, and the cruelest tyranny of the wealthy and powerful.

Thinking only of pleasure, we spent the first three months just visiting beautiful sites in the floating city!


The pain that came after was entirely unforeseen. Whilst we believed we were walking amidst flowers, wrath was preparing to break above our heads. Venice is surrounded by many charming islands where the aquatic city-dweller, away from his stinking lagoons, betakes himself from time to time to breathe a few atoms of less insalubrious air. In imitation of this habit, with Malamoco Island more pleasant and cooler than any other we had visited, and more attractive, we dined there several times a week.

We preferred the house of a widow vwlcour came highly recommended as good and reasonable, and who for a modest price offered an honest meal and the use all day of her charming gardens. A superb fig tree cast its shadow over a portion of the charming promenade.

Then one day—fatal moment of my life! As I watched her so fervently absorbed in that innocent springtide pursuit, I asked her permission to leave for a brief while to visit, out of curiosity, a renowned abbey nearabouts where famous works of art by Titian and Paolo Veronese were carefully preserved.

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Where are you going, my friend, and what painting could be worth as much as the original you already possess? I kissed her, valcoud wept. I decided to stay, she objected. It was a brief moment of weakness, she said, that she could not quell. Who would have said that this was the instant that was going to separate us!

Or that our pleasures would be swallowed up in an ocean of misfortune! Their translation-in-progress was recipient of a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. Previous brief extracts from the novel appeared in the Brooklyn Rail February and September Saying that the divine Marquis had something to do with eroticism is a bit like saying Donald Trump has a little something not to do with truth. It arguably has the most advanced financial, industrial, valcoug commercial sectors on the continent.

But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise Fiction December 18th, Is that the way of depravity…? Portrait of Marquis de Sade.

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