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Sade: Sex and Death: The Divine Marquis and the Surrealists (Solar Books - Solar Erotik Archive)


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The Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), best known for his violent, erotic novels, such as 120 Days of Sodom and Justine, was also one of the key inspirational figures identified by André Breton in his Surrealist Manifestos. De Sades importance to the Surrealists and their close affiliates is reflected in the sheer volume of art and writing dedicated to, or inspired by, his life, philosophy, and writings. Sade documents this body of Surrealist work, including many key texts and bizarre and erotic images never before assembled in one volume. 

Included in Sade are more than fifty rarely seen transgressive illustrations by some of the most famous names associated with Surrealism, including Dalí, Hans Bellmer, Magritte, André Masson, and Man Ray. The book also features analytical texts by writers of the period such as Bataille, Breton, Bunuel, Eluard, and Klossowski. Also included is the first-ever English translation of “The Divine Marquis” by Guillaume Apollinaire, which was the first modernist appraisal of Sade and remains one of the best concise biographies of its subject, and “Sade and the Roman Noir” by scholar Maurice Heine, in which Heine posits Sade as inventor of the gothic novel. Putting the works in context is an extensive history by editor Candice Black that details the relationship between the Surrealists and Sade.

About the Author

Candice Black is an author, translator and editor specializing in Surrealist studies. Her other books include Ghosts of the Black Chamber: Experimental, Dada and Surrealist Photography 1918–1948, also published by Solar Books. She currently lives in Tokyo.



Table of Contents

Part One—Sade and Surrealism: An Illustrated History

Part Two—Surrealists on Sade

The Divine Marquis (1909)

      Guillaume Apollinaire

The Use of D. A. F. De Sade (1930)

      Georges Bataille

The Marquis de Sade and The Gothic Novel (1933)

      Maurice Heine

A Destructive Philosophy (1965)

      Pierre Klossowski

Notes on the Sadistic Imagination (1947)

      Andre Masson

D. A. F. de Sade: A Revolutionary Intelligence (1927)

      Paul Eluard

List of Selected Works


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Black, Candice
Solar Books
Black, Candice
Literary Criticism : General
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